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Electronic Weighing Scales: Top 9 Tips for Successful Weighing

Last Updated: September 5th, 20233 min read
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When using an electronic weighing scale, accuracy is key. For many manufacturers like food businesses, precise weighing is essential for producing consistent products and reducing wastage. In some cases, it is a legal requirement to guarantee a certain degree of accuracy.

Read our 9 tips below to learn how to use your electronic weighing scale accordingly and get the best precision in your measurements…

1. Make sure the scale is level

Your electronic weighing scale should be always level when in use, to ensure that weight is properly distributed and measured accordingly.

Some scales have a built-in spirit bubble to assist with this.

2. Check that all feet are present and correctly adjusted

Check that the feet of your weighing scale are all present and correct, and that they are adjusted to the correct height to keep the scale from rocking in use.

If any feet are missing, you should report this to the appropriate person or supplier to source replacements.

3. Keep your electronic weighing scale clean

Scales should be clean and ready to use at all times. Leaving scales dirty after use can lead to deterioration of the scale itself, while debris on or under the scale will affect the accuracy of your measurement.

Watch our video below to learn more about keeping your weighing scale clean.

4. Make sure the top pan is secure

If the scale has a top pan, make sure it is secure and isn’t dented or damaged. A damaged top pan can rock which can skew and reduce the accuracy of your scale.

If it is damaged or does rock, report this to the appropriate person to source a replacement top pan.

5. Be careful with cables

Be mindful of cables when moving your scale and equipment around it. Damage can be caused by cables being crushed or cut accidentally. Use effective cable management to make sure this isn’t an issue and when moving your scale make sure to disconnect it using the plug at the socket, and not the cable itself.

6. Take care when handling your weighing scale

Avoid any potential damage when moving your electronic weighing scale by handling it with care. Sudden drops and movements could damage sensitive components of the scale – and is one of the biggest causes of damage.

Make sure to pick up and place the scale gently on working surfaces, and do not carry them by the top plate or pan as this can damage load cells.

7. Ensure your environment is safe for operation

Scales are used across various kinds of environment, and most are built to last with sufficient IP ratings. However, it is still prudent to take extra care when using water around scales for example, to limit the risk of water ingress.

Download our free guide to learn more about IP ratings.

8. Don’t overload your scale

It’s important not to put too much weight onto the scale, as that can damage your scale. Make sure the items you are weighing are not heavier than the scale capacity, as this can damage the loadcells and top plate.

9. Store the scale properly when not in use

When you aren’t using your weighing scale, you need to make sure you store it properly and safely. Never stack scales on top of each other, or store items on top of the scale as this can damage load cells, cables, and flexures. Doing so can result in costly repairs.

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