How to Choose Right Platform Scale for Your Business

Did you know that the first scale was invented in 2000 B.C. It was used to determine the value of crops, gold, and clothing, much like it is today.

Now, scales use the latest technology to determine the exact weight of items so that businesses can ensure that they’re providing consumers the best products.

If you’re looking for a good platform scale, there are many things to consider! Keep reading to find out what you should look for.

Capacity

When looking for the best platform scale, you should make sure that you buy one that will weigh the amount of capacity that you need. To figure out what your capacity should be, you should figure out what the average weight of your loads is.

If you are going to weigh a lot of heavy and larger items, it would be worth it to spend the extra money and get a scale that has a high capacity limit.

However, if you’re only going to be weighing things that are smaller or lighter, you should get one that isn’t too far above your needs. If you get one that has a higher capacity, it will cost more upfront, but it will also cost more when you need to do maintenance on it or have it serviced.

Some people assume that having a high-capacity scale is best even if they don’t need the larger limit. Instead, having a higher capacity sale can actually reduce how accurate the scale is.

Accuracy

If you’re in a scientific industry, for example, and dealing with chemical formulas, you’ll need to make sure that you have scales that come with the best accuracy.

You should find a scale that will tell you the weight to the .1 pound. This way, if you measure a lot of things that are around the same weight, you’ll be alerted if one of the packages is heavier than the other.

This is a great way to implement more quality checks and ensure that you catch a problem before it gets sent out of your business.

Location

How big is the space that you’re going to put the scale in? This will determine the size and shape that you should get.

You should also figure out whether or not the environment you’ll put the scale in is dry or wet. If you’re going to keep a scale somewhere that will be wet and moist, you should make sure you get one that is waterproof. It should also be made of stainless steel so that it doesn’t rust.

Some scales are also dust resistant, which can be useful if you’re keeping them in an area that is particularly dusty, like a woodshop.

Features

Some platform scales come with all kinds of great features that are great if you’re taking more advanced measurements. You should research the model you’re interested in to see if it will help simplify some of your processes. Or will the advanced measurements just cause you more problems?

One of the features you should consider the indicator. There are many different types of them, but a standard indicator will normally be good enough for most measurements. However, you may need to get one that is approved for trading.

Budget

While a cheaper scale will save you money in the short-term, it could cost you more money in the long run if it doesn’t perform well. Some cheaper ones also need more maintenance or will break down and need to be replaced.

It’s worth it in paying the money upfront to ensure that you’ll have a good scale that won’t break down.

Industry

If you’re in food preparation and packaging, for example, you may need food scales that will need to be waterproof. You’ll also need to make them resistant to wash downs.

However, if you’re a farmer, you may need a scale with a more dynamic weighing mode to capture results even if the animal is moving while on the scale.

Size

On average, the smallest standard scale is about 20″ by 27″. The larger ones can go up to 48″ by 48″. However, if you need a larger one than that, you may be able to find some companies that will offer them.

Regardless, you should make sure that the scale is large enough to measure whatever you put on it. You should also consider if the size of the platform is too high or low off the ground.

For example, if you’re going to be measuring heavier products, you’ll need to find a way to get them onto the scale. If it’s too high off the ground, you may have to get a forklift or something else to lift it up.

Types of Platform Scales

There are many different types of platform scales, including:

  • Pit mounted scale
  • Floor mounted scale
  • Portable scale
  • Mobile scales
  • Hazardous area scale
  • Stand-alone scale
  • Low-capacity platform scale
  • Heavy-duty weighing scale

While these are only a few of the different types of platform scales, there are many more that you could find to fit your needs!

Learn More About How to Choose the Best Platform Scale

These are only a few things to consider when figuring out how to choose the best platform scale, but there are many more things to keep in mind!

We know that deciding which equipment to buy for your business can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help you out!

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