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Keeping Your Scales Happy: A Guide To Weighing Scale Maintenance

Considered as an integral part of any industry where weight plays a huge role in quality measures, weighing scales can be found in any facility, may it be manufacturing, medical, or waste management. Whether you own a retail business or an even bigger plant, it is extremely important to know all the basic things regarding weighing scales so you can maximize your investment. You can find a variation of industrial scales with different sizes, features and capacities, depending on one’s preference, but it is best to ensure that you choose a model that’s 100% compatible with your operations.

It is important to remember that buying a scale of the highest-quality with the most expensive price from a reliable manufacturer is a good decision. However, if you fail to maintain your weighing device, expect that your equipment won’t last long to serve your business. 

What Are The Advantages Of Servicing A Weighing Scale Regularly?

  • Improved productivity and equipment performance 
  • Eliminate the possibility of a downtime period 
  • Reduce risk of inaccurate reading
  • Minimize repetitive repairs and unwanted costs
  • Avoid permanent scale damage
  • Increase equipment life

What Are The Signs To Look Out For To Know If My Weighing Scale Needs Calibration?

Before booking a calibration service from your manufacturer, make sure that your scale really needs to be calibrated. Always pay attention to some important things that will help you determine if your weighing device needs to perform calibration. Here are some of the signs that will help along with some basic tips on maintaining weighing weighing scales in your commercial setting:

Different Weight Results in Different Areas

This is perhaps the most basic test to know the condition of your scale. It’s as simple as putting one item on different areas across the surface of your weighing device. Normally, you should be getting the same result or weight reading all throughout. If you are getting variations in different areas where you put the item, that is a sign that your scale needs calibration. Try performing the following troubleshooting steps by yourself, and if they don’t work, it is advisable to book a calibration service immediately:

  • First, make sure that all of the legs of your weighing scale are level.
  • Second, double check each leg. One of them might be screwed in too tight causing the load sensor to not work properly.
  • Lastly, make sure that nothing is rubbing up against your weighing scale and nothing is interfering with your scale platform.

The Weight Is Not Settling

If you try to weigh an item and you notice a changing reading that doesn’t settle and your weighing scale can’t settle on a final weight reading, you can perform the following troubleshooting steps below. However, inaccurate or unreliable weight results can be dangerous especially if your business operations highly depend on it. It is highly recommended to contact a trained professional to assist you. 

  • First, make sure your weighing scale is not placed on a vibrating surface or is exposed to some air currents which might contribute to weight not settling.
  • Second, plug your weighing scale into a clean power source and check every part to make sure that there are no nicks on the power cord that you’re using. Try unplugging the power cord to make sure that no pins are missing.
  • Some electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, walkie-talkies and electric motors cause interference with selected weighing scales.  You can try to check first if all these electronic devices are turned off.

A Constant Zero

If you place an item on your weighing scale and the scale isn’t responding and there is no fluctuation, this is probably due to heavy-duty usage. A software glitch sometimes stops the scale from showcasing the correct weight reading. Here are a few troubleshooting steps that you can do to remedy this:

  • First, make sure that the shipping screws are completely removed from your weighing scale platform.
  • If you own a platform scale, check all of the legs, make sure that they are making contact with the floor.
  • Make sure that all of the legs are screwed in properly. Make sure that no stud is contacting the underside of your scale platform.

Questions About Scale Maintenance?

Preventive maintenance plays an important role in extending the life of your weighing scales. Choosing a reliable and trustworthy manufacturer to install and maintain your weighing equipment is also a big factor. If you have trained professionals that you can call anytime of the day, you can avoid downtime and expensive emergency breakdowns. For questions regarding Calibration Services, 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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