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Scales 101: Your Ultimate Guide To Knowing How Scales Really Work.

Used for a variety of purposes in different industries including construction, agriculture, and healthcare, Industrial Weighing Scales are specifically designed to provide the highest possible accuracy and are normally used in very harsh environments. These industrial weighing scales provide reliable weighing information for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

How Important Are Scales In Your Business?

  • Quality Control: A company’s reputation and profits are built by high-quality service and excellent products. Failure to meet the standard quality due to poor quality materials and other production issues can compromise this reputation. This is where industrial weighing scales come to the rescue- ensuring that your final products meet the customer’s standards. Nothing more, and nothing less. 
  • Workflow Productivity and Efficiency: Industrial weighing scales are customizable depending on your needs. They can be programmed for specific portion sizes, some can record the amount of material as it goes through the equipment. Thanks to these features, your industrial weighing scales can function without interfering with your operations.

What Are The Different Types of Industrial Weighing Scales?

  • Bench Scale: Designed to fit on benches, bench scales don’t take up too much room with a range of 3-60kg. Bench scales can be Trade Approved or a Counting Scale, with models featuring a stainless steel platform, while others are washdown scales; perfect for the food or restaurants.
  • Counting Scale: Counting scales calculate the average weight of the product and then record its values. Counting scales also has the ability of storing and printing the results. 
  • Check-Weighers: By law, every product you ship needs to reflect what is printed on your product label. Staying compliant means each package weighs equal to or greater than the product’s label weight. However, checking product weight for legal compliance can slow down production. Every second spent weighing, could be time spent packing and shipping. While there’s no magic solution currently to by-pass checkweighing, you can get your products out the door faster through the help of checkweighers.
  • Balance Scales: Designed to measure small increments in product in the sub-milligram range, these balance scales use a tuning fork to achieve high accuracy with 3 decimal places 410 g x 0.001g.
  • Mechanical Scales: Mechanical scales are perfect for explosive or wet environments where electrical usage is not a safe option.
  • Platform Scales: When it’s too heavy to lift onto a bench, Platform scales provide an ideal heavy duty platform solution for warehouses, and large stores where you need to deliver fast accurate weighing of bulk goods.
  • Crane Scales: Crane scales can be found at the ports and other industries of loading large cargo giving you the weight of an item while ensuring operators do not overload the crane or hoist.

How Do Modern Weighing Scales Work?

Modern weighing scales use load cells to measure the weight of an object. Load cells are sensors that measure and convert weight- or more accurately, directional force into an electrical signal. When weight is placed onto a scale, the load cell changes its form. It usually becomes deformed while changing its resistance at the same time. The deformation is actually really small, you won’t even notice it. When voltage is applied to the input terminals of the load cell, the outgoing voltage from the output terminal becomes proportional to the change in resistance of the strain gauge. This is how a load cell converts force into an electrical signal.  Then, the signal is interpreted by an electronic device and is transformed into a digital weight value. After that, the value is displayed for reading on the scale.

Why Do I Need To Calibrate Weighing Scales?

Regular calibration of your measuring device plays a huge role in the smooth functioning of your operations, as well as the profitability of your business. It is easy to calculate the annual costs of the calibration process, including equipment and labor and conclude that calibration requires money to be spent. It is, however, difficult to calculate the costs of not calibrating enough, or making bad calibrations. If you want to avoid these unwanted and unnecessary costs, it naturally takes resources and investments to be made. 

It is extremely important to calibrate equipment to help assure accurate measurements and production of quality products with minimal errors and recalls. Thanks to calibration, any error or uncertainty of the measuring device is resolved by ensuring the accuracy of the test equipment.

Questions on Scale Performance?

For questions regarding scales and other weighing equipment, talk to the Top Weighing Equipment Technicians in Australia, Australian Weighing Equipment.  At The AWE Group, we consider the cost of calibration as an investment for your business’ future. 

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