Sauk Valley Systems was founded in 1992. The founders brought together many years of experience in weighing automation, mechanical engineering and programming, and were well versed in electronics and production. Located in Sterling, Illinois, together they created the belt scale.
On March 30, 1994 the scale patent application was filed.
On December 9, 1997 US Patent Number 5,696,354 was awarded.
Sauk Valley Systems outgrew their previous location in Sterling and bought land in the industrial park located in Rock Falls, IL where the new construction of their building began.
Sauk Valley Systems changed its name to Belt-Way Scales under the guidance of their director of sales and marketing.
Belt-Way Scales moved to their new location in Rock Falls, IL industrial park where they currently reside.
Belt-Way Scales purchased an SMT pick and place machine to manufacture the PB-25 & DB-26 circuit boards in house.
The original founders sold Belt-Way Scales to new ownership out of Cincinnati, OH. The three original owners were able to retire, and new ownership kept the existing staff and building.
After years of engineering and retrieving customer feedback, Belt-Way upgraded its main integrator to the BWINT. The new integrator accommodates new features demanded by customers such as an onboard Ethernet port, USB ports and Modbus TCP protocols.
In October 2018, we purchased a new 2018 HAAS VF2 CNC Machine. This machine replaced our previous 1998 VF4 CNC Machine and allowed us to continue our in house machining capabilities.
In January 2019, Belt-Way launched the "Belt Scale Direct" integrator firmware. This firmware allowed us to have a direct connection to the internet to easily communicate to the Plant Connect website. This upgrade allowed us to eliminate additional hardware and make it easier for customers to connect directly to the internet to view their production reports and belt scale data.
In September of 2020, Cardinal Scale Manufacturing purchased Belt-Way Scales. Cardinal Scale kept the Rock Falls, IL location and absorbed the existing staff to complete their already extensive product line.