Scales operating effectively is a crucial element of any business that includes them in a regular day’s function. Particularly, in any weighing that occurs with high volume throughout the day, your scales are exposed to a higher risk of damage. Here are some tips on acknowledging that damage early on and finding routers to amend it.
Am I operating within my scale’s limit parameters?
Whenever using an industrial or commercial-level scale, you’ll need to be aware of the limitations your scale faces, as well as the potential risk when your scales are reading improperly.
Operating on a flat, consistent surface will also be necessary in order to maintain accuracy. Any time the surface has a minor incline or decline, you’ll see a variation in results. Take this into account when you are preparing a property or area to have a scale installation.
In addition, inclement weather is something you’ll need to be aware of as well. Inclement weather won’t damage results very easily, but it can impair a scale’s accuracy over time. Especially if left outside overnight, the scales can be exposed to condensation and build-up of muck and grime. Again, cleaning the scale is a great practice to maintain in the long term.
How do I catch my scales reading poorly?
Firstly, ensure you stay on top of calibration standards. Loss of calibration is one of the primary reasons a scale would be reading improperly. If you are using your scale with a high volume of traffic on a daily basis, even checking the calibration every week may be necessary.
Additionally, running sample tests on your own to compare results between scales will maximize the accuracy of your results. Then, you’ll be able to measure the room for variation and where there may be a dip in accuracy.
Now, you can do some maintenance on your end. Keeping the scales clean and consistently cared for throughout a given workday will lower the potential you have of scales reading improperly.
Rust will build up too if the scale is left unattended without routine maintenance. Rust will be far more difficult to amend after the fact than prevent, so it’s important to take this into consideration early on in the process of you beginning to use your scale.
Analog vs digital scales
In practice at home, at the hospital, or in any smaller scale reading, digital scales are highly accurate. They’ve proven time and time again to be more accurate than analog. However, their maintenance and ensuring they’re reading properly will need a bit more attention. You can stay on top of this fairly easily and simply compare between two scales if you ever feel they may be a bit off.
Regardless of which scales you use, scale functionality relies on accuracy. Without accuracy, the scale is useless, which diminishes easily if you don’t maintain strong habits of upkeep. If you are in need of maintenance, calibration or repair service, we’d love to speak with you on Precision Scales.