Picking the proper scale for a job is something that takes experience and knowledge of the different classes of scales, and the applications for which each class is used. With many different manufacturers, and in turn many different models, knowledge of scales is essential when choosing to buy one.
Remember that quality is paramount. Bargains are not always the best option when choosing a scale. Well-made scales are generally more expensive, but worth the extra expense because they are more durable and will save you money in the end. The trick is finding a scale that is strong enough for the task you are contemplating, but not going too big, spending more money when you don’t have to.
Not all shipping scales are created equal
Sometimes, to save money, you may be tempted to pick up an inexpensive water balance scale for around $250. These aren’t built for industrial use, however. To get an excellent industrial scale that will stand up to the stresses of the task it performs, you’re going to spend a bit more. In fact, quite a lot more, around $800 to $1500.
At first glance, the price may be a little stress-inducing, but if you invest in the right scale, made of stainless steel, you’ll not have to replace it anytime soon. The same can’t be said for more inexpensive and less well-made industrial scales. So, in the end, most of the time, more is better.
You might be tempted to “split the difference” by going for a mid-priced model or a scale that’s not designed for the level of accuracy and materials you’re weighing, believing you’re making a prudent choice. But, these models can be made with lower-grade steel, which will degrade, rust, and warp when used for industrial applications.
For example, Never use a shipping scale for anything else than weighing packages. They are not made to handle industrial work.
When you try to save money on your scale, you run the risk of all of the following issues
1. Constant Maintenance and Repairs:
Due to poor manufacturing or sub-par materials, there’s an increased chance you’ll have to spend more and money on the repair and maintenance your scale. More expensive scales actually save you money on repair costs.
2. Inaccurate Measurements:
Less expensive scales usually aren’t as accurate as more costly industrial scales, resulting in incorrect weight measurements. Depending on the industry you’re in, you can’t afford to risk inaccurate measurements. Inaccuracies will cost you money and could mean you’re not complying with regulations.
3. Faster Need For Replacement
If you try to save money by purchasing a budget model scale, you risk having to replace the industrial scale in a shorter time-span than with a well-made model. You can only repair it so many times.
Once the unit is irreparable, you will be required to buy a new scale. The more expensive models are generally made of stronger, better-quality material and can handle larger jobs than a less-expensive model.
If you buy the right scale the first time, it will save you a lot of headaches, time, and money in the long run.
The importance of scale calibration and using proper scale-loading practices to obtain precision of the weight measurement
Imagine a scenario where you are weighing boxes of oranges. Each is supposed to weigh 50 lbs minimum. To get the correct measurement every time, there are four things you must do:
1. Scale calibration
Over time, scales can become uncalibrated, or the weight measurement is off and must undergo calibration, or in essence a reset so that it weighs correctly again.
2. Scale maintenance
Maintenance of the scales, following the manufacturers’ recommendations, is the most crucial factor regarding the life of your scale, so take care of it. Your manufacturer will have a checklist available of the steps to take to maintain the unit
3. Follow best practices for loading scales
These include things like placing items in the manufacturer-prescribed area of the scale, which depends on the variety of the particular scale and placing items gently.
4. Calibrate regularly
The same scale on a different day, or with varying weights might not yield as accurate a result as on the previous day. Calibrating your scales is vital to ensure you keep accuracies within an acceptable minimum margin of error, especially if you measure substances and items where regulations, laws, and safety demand it.
Factors to consider when choosing an industrial scale
To get the best results, and the most value out of your assets, you’ll need to select the right industrial scale. Here are two factors to consider:
1. Is the equipment strong enough, and durable enough for your job?
A scale that you use to weigh heavy items will be very different from a smaller scale used to weigh lightweight materials.
2. What environment will it be in?
Some scale materials can withstand the elements better than others. The materials that make the scale will determine the scale’s ability to withstand sun, wind, water, sand, heat, humidity and cold. Some types of scales can’t withstand dirt and moisture, so they are not ideal for certain tasks
How Professionals Can Help
Professionals like us come to your site and evaluate the environment and the job the scale is needed for so that we can help ensure that you get the right machine — one that will weigh more precisely and will be with you for the long haul. We want to help you keep your costs down, by choosing the right model for your job.
Accurate measurements reduce costs and ensure that you comply with the related laws and regulations.
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