Need to Weigh Your Inventory? Tips on Choosing the Right Scale for Your New Business

Posted on: 4 August 2015

When you start a new business, selling items in bulk from a warehouse or other facility, you need to measure the weight of incoming inventory as well as shipments to customers. You can accomplish this task with scales designed specifically for industrial use. However, if you have never purchased a scale designed for commercial use, you may be confused by the type of devices available on the market. The following guide can help you choose the right type of scale for your business.

Counting Small Parts

When you need to obtain exact measurements of thousands of tiny parts that may weigh a few milligrams or less, you should purchase a counting scale. It is time consuming as well as impractical to attempt to weigh and count items such as tiny jewelry pieces and miniature machine parts that may weigh less than a gram each.

You can eliminate the chance of human error by using a counting scale that can show you the exact piece count and weight in a variety of measuring units such as kilograms and pounds.

If you purchase a counting scale with advanced digital features, you can program the device to weigh numerous types of parts without resetting the machine each time you want to weigh similar items.

Weighing Food

If you own a butcher shop or process dairy, fish or other types of heavy foodstuffs, you will need a hanging scale for unwieldy and heavy parts. These scales come equipped with metal J-hooks for hanging your produce.

The hook is attached to an industrial scale with a heavy duty, shatter-resistant faceplate. The scale can provide you with the weight of your products in whatever unit of measurement you choose. Some hanging scales also have built-in tape measures, a feature useful for determining the length of fish and types of food.

For enormous cuts of meat, a hanging scale is more practical than a table top scale. It is easier to hang the meat than try to fit it on a scale that may also introduce contaminants to the food. In addition, high quality hanging scales have anti-shaking and anti-vibration features to help provide accurate readings.

For smaller portions of food, you should use a spring scale that fits on a table. These scales are what you typically see in the deli section of a grocery store and in restaurant food prep stations. They have a weighing pan, a large reading dial and use a mechanical spring mechanism to provide the weight of items.

Loading and Shipping Oversize Objects and Pallets

When you process inventory or deliver shipments in pallets and on skids, a floor scale is your best option for obtaining accurate weight readings.

You can load the large objects onto the scale via attached ramps or with a forklift. Constructed from heavy duty gauge steel, floor scales are meant to last for decades.

They range in size from devices that are slightly bigger than bathroom scales to units that span several square yards and can bear the weight of several tons.

Accessories and Legal Standards

Regardless of what type of scale you purchase, you should make sure that the device has advanced features that can help you keep track of your inventory and measurements. Many scales come with LCD displays, on-board memory and Ethernet ports to help you program the device and integrate data into your productivity software and print reports.

In addition, you should make sure the any scale you purchase has federal approval. Per law, all industrial scales sold in Canada must be inspected and certified by Measurement Canada. Do not purchase any scale that does not have a valid federal certificate.

The federal government also has the right to inspect your business at any time to make sure that your scales are calibrated correctly and that you are providing customers with accurately measured goods.