Heavy decisions – weighing equipment for industry

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing industrial weighing scales – some obvious and some less so. The capacity, the expected lifespan, the ongoing costs, shape, design and materials are amongst the main considerations to take into account. Whilst some factors will depend on the industry in which you work, the basic factors to look at before purchasing are detailed below.

System overload?

For industrial weighing scales, capacities start at 800lbs – the most common capacities are 1,000lbs, 5,000lbs and 10,000lbs. Beyond this, specialist capacities are available and suitable scales can be sourced for most industries. When choosing, consider the possibility for future growth of your business and the ability to change the standard amounts you’ll be weighing. Generally, purchasing a capacity at least twenty per cent above your standard needs makes sense – it avoids frequent overloading which can cause damage (or destroy) the scales.

Awkward spaces and wet weather

Size, shape and the intended location should be considered carefully. Outdoor locations will require waterproof or weatherproof models and available space in your premises will dictate the maximum sizes possible. In most locations, you will need to include adequate space for workers in your calculations.

Ongoing costs

Most suppliers will offer maintenance and calibration services for industrial scales. The costs of any service contract or one-off costs for maintenance should be factored into your initial calculations. Service contracts can offer the most economical option as most scales will be in constant use and occasional repairs are likely to be needed.

Legal issues

Most companies that supply scales offer a range of NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program) and non-NTEP scales. Depending on the legal requirements in your industry this may be a factor to consider. If legislation requires it, make sure that you are purchasing the correct scales!


Computer integrated systems and scales that work within an automated process are increasingly common and have a number of significant benefits in many settings. However, consider how well this type of weighing system will meet you current and potential future needs. For smaller firms the additional costs may not be attractive but, again, may prove a worthwhile investment for the future.

Fit for purpose

The factors above should help you to find the right type of industrial scales for your industry, but you should also consider any specific needs for your own processes and workplace. In some cases, unusual shapes and sizes may need to be accommodated and ensuring that you have the right system in place to deal with them is also an essential factor to consider.

Hardy Process Solutions is headquartered in San Diego, California and the firm is renowned for its innovative technology. Servicing a range of industries from the food and chemical industry to the mining and metal industry, Hardy Process Solutions has been providing solutions for process control for over 90 years and is the best place to purchase industrial weighing scales.

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