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Types of Scales

Scales document many types of weight, from animals to shipping boxes. Arlyn Scales offers specialized scales for almost any application; some scales are used on a flat table surface, whereas others reside on the floor for large item weights. Alternative scales can weigh items that hang from a large hook. Overall, most scales are designated for specific weight ranges for the best accuracy over time..

Arlyn Scales offers veterinary and livestock scales. The veterinary scales are meant for lighter animals, such as birds, dogs, and cats. Scale construction is rugged to withstand many years of sharp animal nails scratching against the metal surface. Both scale types have a low profile height so the animal can step easily onto the platform. However, livestock scales differ since they must hold heavier animals and compensate for more movement than a veterinary scale; Arlyn Scales has designed their scale to record an average weight for those animals that move excessively on the platform..

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Platform, drum, and floor scales offer a convenient way to weigh heavy items in an industrial work setting and are available with ramps. The platform type is designed as a raised stage surface for weighing boxes and other large items. A floor scale has a very high capacity and large platform. Drum scales are meant to weigh industrial drums; these platforms have an enlarged weighing surface so that the drum does not need to be perfectly centered on the scale. A drum that hangs over the scale's sides will still produce an accurate weight measurement.

Bench and high precision scales are placed on tables for weighing items. A bench scale weighs items like shipping boxes. But, a bench scale might not always be accurate enough to weigh smaller items. Arlyn Scales provides high precision scales for industrial and scientific work. These scales measure low weight items down to a 0.005% accuracy. They also boast a more sensitive weighing mechanism for increased precision.

Crane scales do not use a platform for weighing items; rather they use a hanging hook. Many people are familiar with these scales since supermarkets use them in the produce section for weighing bulk vegetables and fruits. Industrial applications are possible with a crane scale; some businesses need to hang large bags from the hook for weighing purposes.

Wheelchair bound people cannot be weighed with a common standing scale. Arlyn Scales provides wheelchair scales that can differentiate between the weight of the person and chair. A simple computer program, integrated within the scale, asks the user to input the chair's model; as a result, the chair's weight will be subtracted from the person's weight for a final calculation.

Arlyn Scales also provides another specialty scale type: the rain gauge. A circular platform weighs rainfall for an accurate depiction of current weather conditions. These scales have protected power supplies to prevent accidental power surges or electrical shorts.

Many types of scales are available in the marketplace, but Arlyn Scales remains  the go-to business for all weighing needs. Contact Arlyn Scales at for more information on your future purchase.

There are several different types of scales that are available for the measurement of weight, meeting the needs of different industries, commercial purposes and applications in the process. These different types of scales are available in a variety of unique capacities, sizes, styles, makes and models and each is capable of offering different levels of accuracy and precision, durability and other necessary qualities depending on what the scale will be used for. There is no end to the types of scales that are available or the myriad of purposes that they can serve.

Bench Scales are suited ideally for portion control, parcel weighing and counting parts. Bench scales are available in a number of different models, and they generally have a weight capacity range that falls between 150 g and 300 kg, although custom options are also often available. Platform sizes may range from a 3 diameter for the gram units up to 24 x 24 and even larger for the higher capacity bench scales.

Pocket Scales are a type of handheld scale that is designed with portability in mind. Pocket scales are generally only capable of weighing in grams, and they are typically developed to weigh up to a capacity of 500 grams. Pocket scales are used for many different purposes, including weighing food components, chemical components and materials in jewelry making.

Jewelry Scales are designed specifically to measure in units that a jeweler would use such as grams, ounces and troy ounces. Carat bench scales and analytical scales are two examples of jewelry scales. Many jewelry scales are also available in pocket versions as portability is often demanded.

Industrial Scales come in a wide range of different sizes, shapes and styles, and they are best suited to be used in industrial environments such as trucking and automotive industries, food processing, hospitality, retail, aircraft, agriculture, engineering, construction and railroad. Industrial scales can be developed to weigh semi trucks and aircraft, easily capable of accurately weighing hundreds of tons, or they can be designed to weigh precise quantities of very small chemicals and additives, often weighing in fractions of a gram. Industrial scales may come in the format of a platform scale, pallet scale, floor scale, drum scale or tank scale.

Laboratory Scales are also a type of industrial scale. They are used in the scientific community as well as in medical and pharmaceutical industries. Laboratory scales can weigh in small fractions of a gram. A type of laboratory scale known as an analytical scale can often measure to even a fraction of a milligram. Generally, the higher the resolution and precision, the higher the cost of the laboratory scale.

Some scales have their intended purpose in their name. There is no mystery behind what a truck scale or a crane scale is designed for. Other types of scales are named based on their basic structure, such as counter-top scales, platform scales and floor scales. Hanging scales is a term used to describe any scale that has a measuring bowl or hook that hangs below the weighing mechanism. Retail scales are typically utilized for retail industry purposes, but they can actually more closely resemble any of a number of other types of scales, including bench, counter-top and floor models depending on the intended application.