Two tips for new manufacturers who've purchased industrial weighing scales

Posted on: 17 August 2023

When owning an industrial weighing scale, it's important to know how to properly take care of it. Here are two tips for new manufacturers who've purchased industrial weighing scales for their facilities.

They should create a cleaning schedule for the scales

It's vital for manufacturers who've purchased industrial scales to create a cleaning schedule for this equipment. Industrial scales that are used to weigh dozens of materials throughout each day can get dirty and covered in debris very quickly. The presence of these things on the scale's surface may lead to staff struggling to determine the exact weight of the materials they need to weigh, as this extra dirt and debris could add a few milligrams or more to the total weight.

In a manufacturing facility, where materials must be used in precise quantities, this could cause issues with the quality of the products made by that business. As such, staff in the facility will need to stick to a strict cleaning schedule and ensure that they wipe all of the debris, dust, and grime from the weighing platform, and remove any dirt that gets encrusted around the equipment's taring button so that it's doesn't interfere with the button's functionality.

When cleaning this equipment, they should use gentle, non-corrosive products that won't cause the weighing platform to deteriorate, and they should be very careful to rinse off any detergent. The latter is essential, as the presence of detergent residue could result in the materials that are placed on the scales getting contaminated by this cleaning product. When cleaning the scales' electronic components, staff should use compressed air, rather than wet cloths, as the latter could potentially damage the equipment's electrical connections and result in breaking or generating inaccurate figures.

They should begin to periodically evaluate the environment in which they have positioned the scales

After choosing a suitable spot for the weighing scales in their facility, the manufacturer should have their staff begin to periodically evaluate this environment to check that there are no new issues with this area, that might affect the scales' functionality. The reason for this is that the accuracy of industrial weighing scales can be reduced by things such as draughts, vibrations, humidity, and other environmental factors. If the staff routinely evaluate the scales' location for changes like these, they can then take steps to mitigate the effects these things might have on the scales.

For example, if the scales were originally placed in a fairly empty part of the premises, where there was no other equipment, but a piece of steam-producing equipment (such as a boiler) was then added to this area, this could increase the humidity levels to the point where they cause the scales' accuracy level to drop. However, if there are staff that regularly evaluate this area for these types of issues, they can alert their manager to this issue and have the issue addressed before it leads to multiple materials being inaccurately weighed. In this situation, the solution might be to relocate either the scales or the boiler so they're farther away from each other.

To learn more information about industrial weighing scales, reach out to a professional near you.


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We have a small artisanal food supply company. We have to make sure that our products are all up to the weight we state on the pack and hopefully not too far over. Our production process isn't quite as precise as the bigger companies, but we still have to make the same standards. I have been working with the weights and scale technician to make sure we get quick and accurate weights on our products. That way we can know we are giving the customer exactly what they are after. This blog is for other small scale food producers trying to get their products weighed accurately.

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