Upgrading an existing weighing system or buying a new industrial scale will always involve making a lot of decisions and choices about what will work best. When replacing an old scale system or when installing something new, it can be a bit overwhelming when presented with all the options, features and functions that are now available.

It is a very good idea to always start with the basics for your weighing equipment. By making sure the different weighing systems, you have in place cover all your fundamental weighing and system needs, you then have the freedom to look for the extra features and functions that add to the value of the scale and increase its use within the line or the facility.

Load Capacity and Response Time

When considering the capacity for the weighing equipment, always think not just of the present needs but to the future. If you are planning to increase production, add new processing or handle different materials, what would be the changes in the capacity needed for the scale?

Working Environment

Scales can be used in a range of different environments from extreme heat and cold to high humidity and moisture levels or even very dry and dusty conditions. Scales that are used outdoors will need additional protection from the elements compared to the same capacity and types of scales that are used in fully enclosed areas of the facility.

The working environment also needs to consider if the scales need to be washdown compatible or if shock and vibration will be a factor. There are specialized features on weighing equipment that addresses these issues and provides a quality scale even under extreme working conditions.

It will also be critical to consider how the scale will network and integrate with your current plant or system control software. You may need the scale to print at the location, wirelessly transmit data or send data through the network and store in memory at the scale.