Whether you’re choosing a weighing system for a new facility or adding scales to an existing line, it helps to be prepared with the right information before meeting with your scale dealer or manufacturer to make your scale selection. Gathering important details about your weighing requirements and environmental conditions will help ensure you get the greatest accuracy and longest performance life from your scale, and it will also save you time in the selection process. Here’s a list of key questions to answer.
- What type(s) of material will you be weighing? The size, shape, and kind of material you need to weigh will determine what grade of steel or other material your scale components should be. Material options for weighing food items or pharmaceuticals, for example, are different than those used for weighing nuts and bolts in both price and performance.
- What is the maximum weight of the load? To select the right scale and load cells, you will need to know the maximum weight that your scale will need to accommodate. Your dealer or manufacturer will likely add to your maximum weight to ensure you get a scale that can withstand an unexpected overload or shock load.
- Will your scale or its components get wet? This can refer to frequent washdowns or wipe downs, exposure to chemicals within the manufacturing environment, or simply damp conditions. Moisture of any kind can introduce safety issues and the opportunity for corrosion, but choosing the right scale and components for these conditions can help protect the safety of personnel and prevent corrosion, even in the harshest environments.
- What is the temperature of the scale environment? Just like moisture, temperature can be a critical factor in selecting a scale and scale components. For instance, stainless steel, which is primarily iron and chromium, is both corrosion resistant and heat resistant and performs well under wet conditions and at high temperatures. If your conditions do not include moisture or high heat, you may be able to opt for a less costly material such as mild steel.
Collecting answers to these questions and having this information ready before you meet with your scale dealer or manufacturer will give you a running start to choosing the best scale solution for your particular needs and situation. It’s also important to choose a dealer or manufacturer that is experienced in your particular industry, as they can anticipate other needs or requirements that you may have overlooked.