There are two factors that guide every business expense: price and quality. To find the best price on industrial weighing scales, it’s important to understand the role the scale will play in your business. This can help you avoid investing in unnecessary features and can ensure the scale you purchase meets all of your functional needs.
When it comes to quality, stick to brands with a strong industry reputation for producing the type of scale you need. Also, if your scale is used frequently and is necessary to keep other business systems running, you may want to expand your budget and purchase a more durable design. Higher quality almost always means a higher price.
This article will guide you through some basic questions to address when buying an industrial scale. Although more information may be needed to match your enterprise with the ideal equipment, the advice found here can make you a better-informed shopper.
What Capacity Do I Need?
There’s a huge difference between the design of a scale that weighs food at a grocery store and one that weighs a forklift; there’s also a major price difference. Estimating how much weight your scale must support is one of your first tasks.
Some sources recommend the business add 20 percent to the weight estimate. This is because putting too much stress on an industrial weighing scale can cause inaccurate measurements. Scales are sensitive equipment, and one that functions improperly can translate into headaches for the business owner.
The most common capacities are:
- 800 lbs.
- 1,000 lbs.
- 5,000 lbs.
- 10,000 lbs.
Some scales can handle up to 60,000 lbs.
What’s My Ideal Shape and Size?
Just like the objects they weigh, scales come in a range of shapes and sizes. Maybe your business doesn’t have the room for a larger scale, or maybe the objects you’re weighing are of an atypical shape. Whatever your requirements, chances are there’s a scale that works.
The most common shapes are square and rectangle. Before purchasing a commercial scale, have a shape and size in mind.
Can I Afford Calibration and Maintenance?
Like all other industrial equipment, weight scales require upkeep. This adds up over time, as do costs to keep the measurements accurate. Make sure these expenses can be met before finalizing the purchase.
Do I Need a National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP)-Certified Scale?
To ensure honest, fair trade practices, NTEP-certified scales must be used for commercial transactions. They’re also called “Legal for Trade Scales” because they’re required by law.
Which Type of Weight Indicator Is Ideal for My Business: Digital or Standard?
Sometimes, this simply depends on the taste of the business owner. Both types of indicators are proven accurate and meet legal requirements.
New printers can attach to weight scales with standard indicators. Make sure the design you choose is easy to read.
Do I Need a Weatherproof Scale?
Some businesses, like salvage yards, require durable scales to handle the constant stress of weighing heavy objects. They also may need weatherproof scales if the equipment is kept outside.
Weatherproof scales are treated with a coating that prevents rust. Depending on the design, maintaining this type of scale may be more expensive that other models, so consider this when calculating your budget.
Where’s the Best Place to Purchase Scales?
When you’re searching for the ideal vendor, there are a few considerations besides just inventory and price. What type of warranty are they offering? How is the weigh scale delivered?
Some vendors offer weigh scales with slip-resistant surfaces and outer coatings designed to prevent chipping. Specifics like this can appeal to certain industries. For example, a produce warehouse may opt for a chip-resistant scale to prevent food contamination.
Industrial scales have been integral parts of manufacturing for decades. This demand led to competition among industrial-equipment manufacturers to produce accurate, durable scales at affordable prices. It also inspired the design of a range of scales to meet the needs of manufacturers.
If you’re in the market for a weigh scale, whether digital or standard, square or rectangle, a qualified vendor can help you find the ideal equipment for your budget and needs.
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About the Author: Jim Russ is an industrial equipment manufacturer.