How to Match the Right Scale To the Job

How to Match the Right Scale To the Job

April 9, 2020

When working in an industry that requires the transportation of supply materials, either in small or large quantities, it is essential to be able to weigh and measure the materials effectively and efficiently.

Whether a company is distributing materials to a buyer or receiving purchased items from a vendor, knowing their weight is essential for a successful business relationship.

However, even in industrial scales, there are many options available for purchase. Knowing the uses of industrial scales can help narrow the options to the correct scale for your company’s needs.

Industrial Supply Scales

Industrial supply companies provide materials for industries like hardware and electrical supply, roofing, and HVAC. Typically, these companies serve local contractors and vendors. As a result, they measure materials in smaller batches and require high levels of accuracy. Industrial supply companies use scales in the following ways:

  • To effectively weigh small hardware orders: Such as batches of washers, by order pickers using bench scales at hardware distribution centers.
  • To weigh pallets of materials: This is accomplished by shipping managers using floor scales.
  • To weigh bulk products: For example, the use of larger-capacity bench scales before stocking by receiving managers.

Scales in industrial supply range from small, e.g., bench scales to large, e.g., floor scales, depending on what is going to be weighed. Since industrial supply is so diverse, there’s a wide range of options available for companies to choose from.

Bulk Freight Scales

Bulk freight focuses on transporting products from one place to another. Weighing the load is needed before, during, and after transportation. Bulk cargo companies usually need larger-capacity scales to manage more substantial loads. Typically, these companies have multiple bulk freight scales of different capacities, ranging from medium to large.

The 3 most common types of bulk freight scales are

1. Truck Scales:

These scales are used to measure the truck with the loads, such as those used at highway weigh stations.

Truck scales include:

  • Mechanical Pit Scales
  • Above Ground Scales – analog or digital
  • Axle Scales – single- and double-platform

2. Floor scales:

These types of scales are often used in warehouses in order to weigh heavy loads of products either before transporting them or after they have arrived at a destination.

Floor scales include:

  • Pit Floor scales – analog or digital
  • 4′ x 4’/5′ x 5′ above-ground scales

3. Specialty Scales:

These scales are typically developed based on a specific need. Unlike other scales, they are typically only used for the single purpose that led to their development.

Some examples of specialty scales include:

  • Forklift Scales
  • Large Baggage Scales.

If you work in an industrial field, there is a scale that you can use to meet your needs. Whether you need a small bench scale to weigh small loads of hardware or a large floor scale to weigh pallets of products in a warehouse, industrial scales are available for your company.

You can narrow your options based on the purpose of the scale and the industry in which you operate. Once you select the right scale, you’ll be able to keep operations working smoothly from vendor to buyer, and even during transportation.

Have questions?

If you need help choosing the right scale for your industry and business, contact us for advice. We’re happy to guide you through the process.

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