It can be overwhelming when it comes to determining which commercial scale is right for your farm, lab, or business. It’s not as simple as choosing a retail scale for home use. From digital scales to crane scales to bench scales to platform scales and more, there are endless possibilities and types of weighing application to consider.
Whether you’re selecting a scale to weigh livestock or measuring ingredients in a laboratory, there are 5 key features you can look at that will help you narrow your options until you find the right scale.
1. Size of Platform
The size of the platform is highly dependent on how you will be using your scale. As with capacity, the best option is to select a platform that can handle your biggest load. You should also decide if your scale platform should be high or low. The height will be influenced by how you will be using the scale.
For example, if you are weighing livestock, you will want a low platform, so you do not have to lift the animal onto a high platform. Conversely, if you are weighing small items, a high platform would not be a problem.
2. Weight Unit
Different scales have readouts in different units. While some offer readouts in metric, others offer readouts in the imperial system, and still, others can be automatically switched based on your needs.
Along similar lines, some scales will measure in pounds, while others have readouts in ounces. The weight unit may not be an essential feature for you, but the wrong type of unit may add unnecessary work when you use the scale. It would be a lot easier if you can have the readout you need instead of having to convert the readout into the units required.
3. Capacity Requirements
An important factor in selecting a commercial scale is its. There are many sizes of commercial scale depending on what you will be using it to weigh. For example, a scale used in a grocery store is going to be different from a one used to weigh livestock.
When you select a commercial scale, think about the capacity that will meet your needs. The largest scale isn’t always the best choice. After all, higher-capacity scales may lose some accuracy.
Your best option is to select one that can handle your highest load. If you pick a scale that handles a load significantly over your heaviest, you risk reduced accuracy for your needs, which can be problematic.
4. Accuracy Requirements
Along with the capacity of your commercial scale, it is vital to examine accuracy, as well. While some loads only need an estimate of weight, other loads may require an exact and accurate number to be considered legal for trade. The accuracy level required will depend on what you plan to use the scale for, and what industry you’re in.
For example, if you are using a scale for livestock, you may not need as high an accuracy rating as you would if you are using a scale in a research and development laboratory. Conversely when you measure chemicals or very tiny amounts that need a high degree of accuracy, then you need a scale that can provide that.
Brand may not be an essential factor to you as long as the commercial scale works the way it is needed. However, different brands have different reputations. In addition, one brand may specialize in a particular type of industrial scale and not spend as much research and development on other models. Researching different brands and what they have to offer can help ensure you select the right commercial scale for your needs.
No matter what you need to weigh, there is a commercial scale that can meet your needs. By considering these features, you can narrow your options and find the right scale for you. And if you need help, contact one of our scale experts today.
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