From readability and weighing units to capacity and special features, this guide takes you through the process of finding the right scales for your factory.

If you have been tasked with selecting suitable scales for your site, we would understand if you are finding it hard to narrow down the options. After all, there are so many models available and this can make it difficult to identify the features that are truly worth your while.

With this in mind, we have created a guide to take you through the key considerations when selecting your scales. Before making any big decisions, you should be asking yourself the following questions:

#1 What application(s) will your scales be used for?

#2 What size does the pan or platform of your scales need to be?

#3 What capacity do you require?

#4 What weighing units do you need?

#5 What are your readability requirements?

#6 Do you require any special features?

#1 What application(s) will your scales be used for?

First things first, you need to list the application(s) your scales are going to be used for. This will leave you with a better understanding of the specific requirements of your site. It will also help you to identify how many scales are required. It might be that you need a number of scales, all with different features and functions. Or, it could be that you can use the same scales for a range of applications.

Typically, scales will be used for the following applications:

  • Counting parts
  • General warehouse
  • Shipping and receiving
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials testing
  • Laboratory testing or research
  • Food processing and preparation
  • Field applications

#2 What size does the pan or platform of your scales need to be?

When it comes to working out the size of your pan or platform, there are two key factors to consider. First, you will need to think about the proposed location of your scales. If you are faced with space restrictions, you may require a smaller platform or even a portable device. If your scales are heading to a laboratory, a benchtop model may be better suited to the space, whereas floor scales may be the right pick for a large production space without any free surfaces. Another option would be versatile bench and floor scales, as they will adapt to your set-up.

The second consideration is the size of the products you are planning to weigh. After all, you don’t want anything to fall off the top of the scales – wasting time, causing hassle for your operatives, and compromising the integrity of your product. If you are at all unsure, get your production team involved and find out how they feel about the pan or platform size currently in use.

Typical industry scales range from 250mm x 250mm to 1500mm x 1500mm.

#3 What capacity do you require?

The next step is to factor in the maximum amount that your scales need to weigh. This will help you to establish your required capacity. Luckily, there are a wide range of capacity options available, so you should be able to find the ideal model for your application.

Say you are searching for rugged and reliable scales for your warehouse or production floor, large platform scales with a maximum capacity of 3000kg could be the perfect choice. Conversely, if you are searching for compact, portable scales to measure much smaller items, precision scales with a maximum capacity of 1500g should do the trick.

When you are establishing the maximum capacity of your scales, it’s important that you include the weight of any containers. Otherwise, you could end up with scales that are capable of weighing your product, but produce an automatic capacity warning when the product is inside a food handling container. You will then be faced with the hassle of returning your scales. Or, if it is too late, your operatives will have to shift products in and out of containers – wasting time and undermining your standards of safety and hygiene.

Typical industry scales range from 120g to 3000kg.

#4 What weighing units do you need?

Another key consideration is the weighing units related to your application(s). Most scales offer a range of units, so if you would like to use a device for multiple applications and access more than one unit at a time, selecting a versatile model could be ideal. Equally, if your site only measures in one unit, you could lower your expenses and make life simpler for your operatives by selecting scales that work with just the relevant units.

Typically, larger designs such as platform and crane scales will offer a smaller range of weighing units. This is because they tend to be used for the same application every time, and only really deal with: grams, kilograms, pounds, and newtons. However, analytical scales, designed for detailed measuring tasks, can offer anything from common units such as milligrams and grams to more unusual units such as giganewtons and drams. Some systems even give you the option of introducing a custom unit.

Weighing units include grams, kilograms, pounds, ounces, newtons, milligrams, giganewtons, carats, and drams.

#5 What are your readability requirements?

Put simply, readability is the smallest increment that could be displayed on the screen of your scales. As with the platform size, weighing units, and capacity of your scales, your readability requirements will be dependent on the applications taking place at your factory.

If, for example, your operatives are measuring ingredients and working to a precise recipe, they will need a device that works to multiple decimal places. In contrast, if your shipping and receiving team are using scales to ascertain the overall weight of a delivery, they are unlikely to need such specific results.

Typically, readability runs up to 0.0001g.

#6 Do you require any special features?

The final step is to identify any special features that would significantly enhance your scales. Below are just a few options for you to explore:

  • Parts Counting: speeds up packaging tasks
  • Percentage weighing: simplifies baking and recipe batching
  • Rechargeable batteries: allows you to move your scales to any location
  • Short stabilisation time: speeds up weighing process
  • Durable design e.g. rubber feet, overload protection, sealed keypad: increases lifespan
  • IP68 Waterproof rating: suited to washdown environments
  • Removable pan: easier to use and clean
  • Front and rear display: allows for two readings at once
  • Zero-tracking feature: returns to zero reading after each use
  • LED display: easy viewing
  • Hold function: freezes displayed weight

Again, it would be a good idea to speak with your production team, listing any features that could help them with their daily duties. You should also look into any issues with your previous scales. Perhaps they broke because of an overload or failed due to water damage. Another possibility is that they made life harder for your operatives – perhaps they were overcomplicated or lacking a vital function. This could be an opportunity for you to stop these problems from surfacing again.

Finally, you should try to arrange a demonstration of your prospective scales. Another option would be to watch any video tutorials provided by your supplier. This will help you to get to grips with the special features – understanding the benefits and identifying opportunities to enhance your operation.

Introducing Our Trade-In Scheme

Once you have selected your new scales, you should consider the benefits of our trade-in scheme. Here at Klipspringer, we have launched an initiative that allows you to receive money off your new scales by trading in your old models. Instead of having the added hassle of recycling your old scales, we will do this for you – working in compliance with the WEEE Directive.

This should help you to reduce your expenses and meet your sustainability targets. To learn more about this option, contact us on 01473 461800 or sales@klipspringer.com. You could also fill out the contact form below.


So that brings us to the end of our guide to selecting the right scales for your site. The good news is, reading this article means you are already halfway there – weighing up your options before making a decision that will seriously impact your site, operatives, and finished product. If you would like any further support, the Klipspringer team would be happy to help with any enquiries. You can contact us on 01473 461800 or sales@klipspringer.com. Alternatively, you can use the form below to arrange a free consultation.   

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