Buying a scale may sometimes be a thorn in the flesh because there are several factors that you need to consider to make the right choice. Many people take price as the most significant factor when deciding to choose a scale. This is not advisable; in fact, a low-price tag on a scale can mean lower quality. This article will highlight and discuss the essential factors that you should consider.
- Your Application
The question of what you will use the scale for is the first on the list of questions for you to ask. Will the scale be part of the manufacturing process that runs continuously, or will it be in use only on a few occasions? How large are the objects to be weighed on the scale? Do you need a portable scale? Will you need off-site access or a specially mounted display or control through a computer? Understanding the purpose of the scale and what you are weighing plays a significant role in making the right choice. It will influence every decision you make.
- Consider Your Location
The location where you will be using the scale is also an important consideration. If you are using the scale in a rough or wet industrial environment, then, you need to consider buying a scale that has an additional function of corrosion resistance. If it’s a classified hazardous location, you will need to look for scales that are approved and tested to meet your specific classification.
- Access to service and support
One good question to ask yourself is; what happens if the scale malfunctions? Is there a local service agent that can help you with troubleshooting? What type of damage does the warranty cover? If you buy a scale without finding answers to these questions, you may not be able to repair such scale when it malfunctions. Even if you can fix it, substantial time would have been wasted.
This is yet another critical consideration. A scale is all about measurement; therefore, you should be able to read the calibration without having any confusion with accuracy. Scales with large capacity (e.g., 500 lb) have smaller readability up to 0.1 while scales with lower capacity (e.g., 50 lb) have lower readability up to 0.01. Meanwhile, some operations even require the use of scale with far less readability like 0.001. The purpose will determine the one you will buy.
- Product Quality
When making a purchase decision, ask yourself whether the scale has been manufactured to standards. Does it have a robust design? Can the scale be connected to other devices, computer systems, and printers to improve process tracking, inventory, documentation and quality control?
Make the Best Decision
We hope this article has provided you with an excellent opportunity to make the best decision when buying a scale.