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How To Pick the Right Scale For the Job

February 4, 2019

Choosing the right scale for your business is about so much more than just the price. Much like shopping for a new car, you likely have a list of components that your scale must meet. Finding the right scale for the job will mean considering all the things that it must be able to do.

Some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you begin scale shopping are:

  1. How often will this scale be used?
  2. What will the company weigh on this scale?
  3. Where will it be used within your business?
  4. How big do you need the scale to be?
  5. What is the anticipated weight of the heaviest thing you will need to weigh?
  6. Why Your Scale’s Weight Capacity Matters

The five questions above are a good baseline for helping you understand your needs in regards to your scale. However, the most critical question on the list may be number five. You never want to reach the maximum capacity of your scale, and you definitely don’t want the maximum capacity to be the typical way that you use it.

Think about how you drive your car. Would you allow your car to redline? Most likely, you wouldn’t because redlining your car will cause your engine to wear out very quickly. Think of the maximum capacity of your scale as its redline. And pay particular attention to the concentrated load capacity – the CLC of the scale. Is all the weight in one spot or spread out across the distribution.

When choosing the scale that best fits your business needs, you will want to look for a scale that has a maximum capacity that is twice the amount of the average item you will be weighing. For example, if on most days your items will weigh 50 pounds, you will want a scale that has a maximum capacity of 100 pounds.

Will You Be Shock Loading?

A sudden exerted force caused by dropping an item onto the scale is called shock loading. When an item is dropped, gravity will cause a force to be exerted on the item and on the scale.

Determining the shock load can be very important when choosing a scale. If your items will be placed gently on the scale, your shock load is very minimal. However, if you will be dropping items, especially very heavy items, the shock load can be very significant.

Calling on the Professionals

As you can see, there are a lot of technical factors involved when it comes to choosing a scale. The best way to be sure that you are getting the scale that you need is to consult with an expert. A professional will take into consideration all the factors and help you choose the best product for your needs.

It is very easy to purchase the wrong kind of scale, especially if you are not all that familiar with the products. For example, a business owner may need a scale for use in their warehouse, but the purchase a shipping scale thinking that it will suffice. A shipping scale is meant for an office environment, and its working parts may be corroded by the dust and moisture found in the warehouse. Also, a shipping scale is meant for use two to three times per day, not the repetitive use an industrial scale will see. This means the scale will actually wear out quicker than if you had one intended for the type of work you are giving it.

Consult With Us

We are the experts that you need. Let us help you find a scale with the right weight capacity, that can handle your workload, and will survive the type of environment and abuse your daily business will give it.

Don’t be fooled by those “deal of a lifetime” sales on Amazon or eBay. You will end up spending more money in the long run when you buy a scale that isn’t suited for your needs.

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