When you’re shopping for industrial scales, there are countless features and requirements that you’re likely looking for to ensure the scale you choose meets all your needs. If you are familiar with industrial scales, you may already know exactly what you need, but if you’re just starting out on your scale-buying journey, you likely could use some assistance along the way. At Arlyn Scales, we’re happy to be your guide as you attempt to choose an industrial scale that not only meets your needs but falls within your budget as well.
Arlyn Scales – Experienced Industrial Scale Manufacturers
Before we dig into what we view as some of the most important features of any industrial scale, we thought it would be best if we gave a bit of background on the history of our company.
Our company was founded more than 30 years ago with the primary goal of manufacturing the highest quality scale available at an affordable price. To fully meet this goal, we quickly realized that it was much better for us to operate using a factory direct business model as opposed to one where we utilized a large network of distributors. Our factory direct business model allows us to sell our scales directly to our customers, which helps to cuts costs. In addition to the cost savings, because we deal directly with our customers on a daily basis, we can ask them about any new features that may make their jobs easier.
Unique Approach to Scale Calibration
Unfortunately, over time scales can become inaccurate for a variety of reasons. To combat this most scale manufacturers will require scale owners take their scale out of service for calibration. As you can imagine, for a busy manufacturing or shipping facility, this can mean significant loss in productivity and profitability. At Arlyn Scales, we’ve long held the opinion that requiring a scale to be taken out of service for basic calibration simply wasn’t an option.
Our scales feature a simple, built-in calibration function that allows you to quickly calibrate your scale without ever having to remove it from service.
How to Calibrate One of Our Industrial Scales
Below is our easy step-by-step guide on how to calibrate one of our industrial scales.
- Activate Calibration Mode – Once it has been determined that your scale needs to be calibrated, you’ll want to press the “Set Up Menu” key on the display indicator followed by “Platform Setups” and then “Span Calibration.”
- Enter Value of Test Weight –Next you’ll be asked to enter the value of a test item on the scale. Be sure to use a weight well within the scale’s capacity. We typically tell our customers to choose an item that falls within around 50% of the scale’s full capacity. Enter the test weight value to be stored in the scale’s memory.
- Remove Test Item from the Scale Platform – Once the test weight value has been taken it’s safe to remove the item from the scale platform. Next you’ll need to press “Enter.
- Press the Calibrate Button
- Place Test Weight on Scale Platform – Now you’ll want to place the test weight item itself on the scale platform. You should wait at least one second for the scale to stabilize and then you can press “Enter.” Once the scale is successfully calibrated, it will default back to the “Platform” menu.
Should you have any questions about the calibration process, feel free to reach out to one of our team members for assistance at 800-645-4301.
Wide Array of Connectivity Options Offer Additional Versatility
Today’s industrial scales not only need to be highly accurate, but they need to easily be able to disseminate weight data to a variety of different computers and devices. Some manufacturing facilities use their scales to actually automate mixing and batching to reduce human error. All of these scale features are great, but none of them are possible without a variety of connectivity options. Some of our most popular ways to connect our scales to other computers, networks and devices include:
- USB – Simply connect a USB cable from your scale to a computer and instantly be able to access weight data and also to control your scale directly from a computer using our USB Remote Access Software.
- Ethernet / WiFi – If your organization has either a hard-wired or wireless network, our scale can connect so that anyone on the network can access weight data or control the scale itself. For added flexibility, our scales can even be controlled remotely, provided you have internet access where your industrial scale resides.
- Setpoint Controller – If your facility is responsible for formulating complex chemical compounds or products, you should most definitely invest in our setpoint controller. This controller allows you to automate various scale functions by programming up to 8 weight values, which when reached can trigger a piece of equipment to turn on or off via solid-state relays.
- Datalogging – If your scale is located in an area where computer access is difficult, you can always use our datalogging functionality, which allows you to plug a simple USB drive directly into the scale to download weight data. Once the data has been downloaded you can easily access it using a computer at a later time. All weight data is saved in a CSV format, which can be viewed via most spreadsheet or database programs such as Microsoft Access, or Microsoft Excel.
Interested in Learning More About Our Industrial Scales?
Should you have any questions about the information mentioned here, or any of our scale models found on our website, feel free to reach out to our team of scale experts by phone at 800-645-4301 or through our online contact form. We look forward to helping you find an industrial scale that perfectly meets the needs of your growing organization.