Weighing scales are an essential tool in almost every industry, and choosing the right scales for your business is paramount. Weighing scales can impact on product quality and consistency, customer confidence, and your ability to comply with industry standards and trade regulations, so it’s important to take the time to weigh up your options and make an informed choice.
With a vast range of scales available, the decision can seem overwhelming.
If you’ve been tasked with purchasing weighing scales for your business, you will want to have a solid understanding of how they will be used day to day.
What is the maximum weight the scales will be required to weigh, and how big does the weighing pan need to be?
Does the manufacturer have a good reputation for quality and a reliable after sales service?
Do they meet legal requirements of regulatory bodies like Australia’s National Measurement Institute (NMI) and comply with government standards and requirements?
If your business trades internationally, buying from a globally recognised manufacturer can offer extra peace of mind.
Once those questions have been answered, there are other key things to look out for when choosing the best scale for your business:
Size and application
Before you purchase the scale, consider how they will be used. In retail environments where products are bought and sold based on weight, having a precise and legally traceable set of counting scales is essential. Meanwhile, manufacturing and warehouse environments need industrial scales such as bench scales, parcel scales, platform scales and warehouse scales to deal with everything from small packages to heavy loads. Laboratories – including pharmaceutical, food production, education and research labs – require high-precision, scientific analytical scales and lab balances that measure down to the microgram. You’ll also want to consider the size of the items being weighed, and the variance between the largest and smallest items.
Capacity and readability
Do you need scales that can handle heavy lifting without overloading, or are you looking for micro-level precision? How you answer this will help narrow down your shortlist. You’ll also want to consider the weighing increments of any scales you are considering, which can range from 100g increments for heavy duty scales, down to 0.1mg.
Functions and features
How are weighing scales used in your business and what are some of the challenges faced by the workers who use them? This will give you an idea of which features to look for. Do you want the ability to customise your scales, or to interface with a computer network? Do you need scales with overload protection, or explosion protection for hazardous environments? If you need results fast, look for scales with high speed weighing and settling times. Working in dimly lit areas? Consider scales with a backlit display. These are just a few examples of functions and features you may want to consider.
Price and quality
As with any business decision, your choice of weighing scales will be dictated by your budget, but it’s important to think long term. While purchasing cheaper scales may save you money upfront, you will likely end up spending more on repairing, maintaining, and even replacing them in the long run. It’s worth investing in the best quality scales you can afford to ensure they go the distance. With this in mind, you will generally find a range of quality options available for various price points, including entry level, standard, advanced, and premium – for the ultimate weighing solution.
One of the best known manufacturers for weighing equipment is A&D Weighing, and they offer a wide range of weighing scales, including platform scales, warehouse scales, compact bench scales, and precision balances. For more information about their complete selection of scales, you can visit their website or contact their team directly.