Need Accuracy? Follow These Best Practices for Scale Calibration

Need Accuracy? Follow These Best Practices for Scale Calibration

August 10, 2020

Your scale needs to be calibrated periodically to ensure you get the best, most accurate results possible. Weather, wear and tear and age all conspire to throw off your scale’s measurements, which in turn costs you money. Even the smallest miscalibration can add up to large losses over time, potentially to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
To make sure your scale is as accurate as possible, follow these tips for industrial scale calibration in El Paso, TX:

  • Schedule a service appointment before calibrating: You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you schedule a service appointment before you calibrate your scale or before a state inspector comes to visit. The last thing you want to do is find out that your scale has been red-tagged and will be inoperable until you fix it. Plus, getting your scales regularly serviced cuts down on the chances that your scale will malfunction at the least convenient time.
  • Use state-certified test weights: When you schedule calibration with a professional service, make sure that they have the full array of state-certified test weights. A good company will have all state-certified weights that you might need, and will have them tested and certified each year. Not all companies do this, so be sure to ask before deciding on a company to work with.
  • Identify the right calibration frequency: Depending on the value of your goods and your state’s legal requirements, you may want to calibrate your scales more than once per year. Purveyors of precious metals and other high-value goods need a greater degree of accuracy than others, so they tend to calibrate quarterly or at the very minimum semisemiannualy. This also applies if your scale is located near a mixer or agitator, as the vibrations can throw your accuracy off. Remember, even small miscalibrations can lead to significant profit loss over time.
  • Follow all steps in the right order: Calibrating a scale is a multi-step process, so it’s important that you perform them all in the appropriate order. A good scale company will measure some kind of weight (anything from a sack of flour to a truck) to make sure that the result is repeatable. Then they will use weights on each part of the scale (if applicable) to make sure every area of the scale is accurate. Finally, tested and certified weights are loaded onto the scale for one more test.
  • Collect paper documentation: Make sure you get paper documentation about your calibration appointment, including the company name and license number, whether your scale passed, equipment specifications, the technicians performing the test and more.
  • Work with a reputable calibration company: Finally, the key to getting accurate results every time is to work with a reputable calibration company. Choosing a company that offers tested and certified weights and will give you all the appropriate documentation will ensure that you pass your state inspection.

For help with industrial scale calibration in El Paso, TX, reach out to IWCS Scale to schedule your appointment.

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