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06 March 2014

Improved data transfer, diagnostics for Ascorel wheeled loader scales

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Ascorel MC402+
Improved data transfer and expanded diagnostics are among the key new features of Ascorel onboard scales, including the MC 402+.

The improvements were made while never losing track of a key Ascorel differentiator: design products with wheeled loader operators in mind.

“The products have an operator-first mentality,” said Michel Magnesi, who leads technical support and training for the company’s North American operations. “We actually designed the interface around the needs of the operator.” The operator benefits include single-function keys for quick access, a glare visor and using graphics to communicate with operators.

The product improvements, part of the new “Plus Series”, include the MC 222+, the MC 382+ and the MC 402+. The products are onboard scales that display the weight of material in the bucket as the wheeled loader lifts.

The improvements include an interface that features simplified menus, additional data on the main loading page and revised keyboard layout and icons.

Innovative temperature compensation automatically adjusts for hydraulic fluid temperature variations. The variations can be caused by parasitic friction, ambient temperatures and workload.

The new batch mode quickly creates mixes of materials by weight or percentages of materials.

Data transfer is done in CSV format. Some competitors feature proprietary data, but Ascorel’s use of CSV helps its products work more seamlessly in third-party applications. Automated data transfer by way of radio provides updates at programmable intervals. Data transfer rates also are improved, with quicker transfers via USB or radio.

Onboard diagnostics have been expanded. They enable monitoring of TARE histories, scale usage, loader hydraulic performance and other factors that contribute to accurate weight calculations without the need for an external device.
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