I have a conveyor belt that gets loaded with packages at a variable rate. All i need to determine is the total weight passing on the conveyor based as the person loads it at one end. I am considering adding a small separate conveyor at the end whereby a single package drops on to this conveyor that has a load cell underneath it. I then average 3 or 4 readings as the packed moves over this then drops off the end. This is the weight of the first package only, then the following packages each do the same. Note that the conveyor cannot be stopped nor its speed changed.
I bought the Sparkfun 50kg load cell for this. The maximum weight would not be exceeded and the accuracy of 0.5kg is ok. https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10245
- Is there a simpler way and can i do it with the principal conveyor only?
- Can i somehow record the single package weights (the 3 to 4 averaged values) and the total accumulative separately. There would be a period where the conveyor does not have a package on it, so this dead weight should not be processed
Any help greatly appreciated. Please let me know if more details are required.