Improving The Accuracy Of Your Scales

Industrial & Manufacturing Blog

If your manufacturing processes rely on precise material measurements for success, having access to an industrial scale can be beneficial. Like any piece of machinery, a scale must be properly maintained in order to ensure that its readings are accurate.

Here are three simple things that you can do to help improve the accuracy of your industrial balance in the future.

1. Be mindful of the environment in which you are using your industrial scale.

Environmental conditions can affect the calibration of the scales you are using to measure your manufacturing materials. Slight environmental variations could have a dramatic effect on your scale's ability to accurately weigh your materials.

To ensure that your scales are as precise as possible, you need to provide a suitable and stable environment to weigh items in. Housing your scales in a room that maintains a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit with 50% relative humidity will give your scale the ability to accurately measure the weight of your manufacturing materials.

2. Invest in a static ionizer when for weighing plastic materials.

Plastic materials can develop a static charge as they rub against other materials during the manufacturing process. If you need to accurately measure the weight of any plastic components, it's important to recognize that the static charge developed by the plastic could affect your scale's ability to produce a reliable reading.

When an object with an electrostatic charge is placed on the weighing pan, electrical charges can be induced on the weighing pan. This will cause the scale to perform poorly, limiting its ability to stabilize and provide an accurate reading. Passing all items through a static ionizer before weighing will remove any electrostatic charges prior to the weighing process.

3. Avoid using your scale in an area where vibrations are possible.

If your manufacturing facility has a refrigerator or ventilation system near your scale, your weight measurements could be compromised. Refrigerators and HVAC units can create vibrations when they are running, and these vibrations can wreak havoc on the calibration of your delicate balances.

Vibrations can not only upset the machinery within your balance, but they can also cause spills if the material you are measuring is liquid. To avoid weighing problems caused by vibrations, set up your scale in the corner of a room that is far away from any appliances that could create vibrations.

Understanding how you can help improve the accuracy of your scales will allow you to more effectively measure your manufacturing materials in the future. Contact a business, such as Strack Scale Services, for more information.   


5 April 2016

Your Guide To Industrial and Manufacturing Operations

Hi, my name is David Dotson and the purpose of this blog is to educate others about the manufacturing process. For as long as I can remember, I've always been amazed by how different things are made. It fascinates me to think about the process of taking raw materials and turning them into something useful during fabrication. When I have spare time, I can be found reading about various types of manufacturing and industrial plants to learn how they operate. I wanted to write a blog about my findings so that others could also learn how raw goods are transformed every day into useable products.