Answering Common Questions about Industrial Scales

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Answering Common Questions about Industrial Scales

Business owners who need quality industrial scales for aircraft, livestock, truck scales, shipping and other scale applications will always have questions during the shopping process. Since getting the most information possible is the best way to handle any purchase, here are the answers you’ll need to make the right decision.

  1. Do scales need calibration upon receipt ? Most scales are calibrated prior to shipment and most are ready to use when removing from their packaging, some adjustments often take place for certain businesses. For instance, if you buy or sell off a scale based on weight, the department of Weights & Measures will require your scale to be calibrated on site and certified with your state. Calibrating your scale is very simple and only requires test weights for the process. Instructions are available for any model located in the manual. Otherwise, contact support from the company you bought the scale from.
  2. What is the difference between readability and accuracy on industrial scales? Readability is the increments the scale will read in. For instance, if you have a 5,000 x 1 lb scale. Meaning you have a 5,000 lb capacity and the scale will count in 1 lb increments. You can determine a scale’s accuracy by using a known weight (your own weight is one way) and trying it out on the scale or by checking specifications.
  3. What is NTEP certification ? National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) certification means the scale’s features comply with NIST requirements. Also, known as “Legal for Trade.” These performance standards are in place for business owners and legal entities to make sure fair trade between buyers and sellers in the course of work is obtained. Businesses that buy or sell based on weight will require NTEP scales. You may also see this listed as “Legal for Trade.”
  4. Are there any U.S. states that do not require NTEP certification ? There are currently four states where NTEP scales are not necessary for conducting business. North Dakota, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont are the states where NTEP is not a requirement. If you plan to do any business outside these states, you will want an NTEP scale if you are buying or selling products.
  5. Which industrial scales work best for pallets? The ideal platform for weighing pallets is 4 ft. X 4 ft or larger if your pallets are abnormally sized. If you have general industrial needs such as shipping, check weighing, and inventory then normally a floor scale will work best. If you are weighing pallets frequently throughout the course of a day’s work, floor scales are the recommended scale for longevity but each application can use a different type of scale so knowing what you will be suing the scale for will determine if you need a floor scale, bench scale, aircraft scale, crane scale, axle scale, Truck scale, livestock scale, shipping scale or some other specific scale for your needs.

Prime USA Scales delivers the highest quality scales that are made in America and also offer the highest quality imported scales in the world. For further information or inquiries about our scales please contact us at (800) 917-7205 or visit www.PrimeUSAScales.com.

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