Why Choosing the Right Industrial Scale For the Job is Important

Why Choosing the Right Industrial Scale For the Job is Important

May 17, 2019

All industrial operations require a high degree of precision and accuracy. There are various types of industrial scales which make it challenging to choose the right one.

While most people make a decision based on the price, the value the scale will provide your business with should be the key consideration. If the scale is vital to your business’s profitability, especially if it is used in the manufacturing or packaging of your products, a cheap scale could cost you far more in the end.

The purpose of the industrial scale is intended for and the material it is made of largely influences the industrial scale you use. In this post, we discuss why choosing the right industrial scale for your job is essential.

  1. Not every industrial scale can weigh to your required capacity
    A mistake that most people make is buying a scale that has the same capacity as the weight of the products they intend to weigh. While this may help you buy a less expensive scale, keep in mind that there are several specifications covering the scale’s capacity.For example, a scale that’s rated at 200 lbs could have an overload rating of 150%. This rating implies that the scale could handle around 250 lbs before the scale gets damaged. How ever this does not include every aspect involved in weighing.

    You also need to consider how the weight will be added onto the scale. For instance,

    • Shock loading, if you continually drop the items onto the scale, the force the scale experiences will be higher than if you placed them gently. That means that the 200 lb scale will comfortably handle 175 lb if it is placed typically, but might get damaged if the load is dropped from any height.
    • Concentrated load, Is your load mass very concentrated or is it evenly distributed over the entire weigh pan/ platform.
    • Load placement, this kind of goes hand in hand with concentration, if your load is concentrated and will not be distributed evenly is there a potential the load may occasionally be placed off center. Typically a scale may incorporate many sensors of a capacity less than the rated capacity to achieve its advertised capacity. This means a load weighing 3000 lbs could in fact damage your 5000 lb capacity rated floor scale.
  2. Compliance
    The right scale should meet all the government regulations and international standards relevant to your industry. Complying with the standards preserves your business’s efficiency and prevents you from incurring hefty fines.
  3. Not all industrial scales are ideal for all environments
    Certain environmental conditions such as humidity, magnetic fields, vibrations, corrosive items, temperature fluctuations, air currents, and electrical fluctuations all affect weighing. You need to select a weighing scale that suits your specific environment. For instance, you need a scale with a protective cover or padding if you will be using it in a corrosive environment.
  4. What the scale is made of
    Weighing scales made with basic materials such as galvanized steel, carbon steel, and aluminum alloy are ideal for industries where cleanliness and corrosion-resistance are not important. Consider industrial scales made of such materials as 316 stainless steel if you are using it where environmental and chemical protection is paramount.

The bottom line – The right industrial scale and calibration will save you money and prevent problems.

Whichever your application, scale calibration is a necessary part of scale maintenance. Regular calibration guarantees that your weighing results have minimal deviations from acceptable standards. Scale calibration helps your business in the following ways:

  • It helps you uphold your brand’s image by providing accurate measurements to your clients and other stakeholders.
  • It helps you avoid legal action and financial penalties due to complaints from clients.
  • It ensures that your business adheres to all industry and government regulations.
  • Periodic calibrations will help detect deviations that are as a result of age.

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