How to Properly Calibrate a Counting Scale

How to Properly Calibrate a Counting Scale

At Arlyn Scales, we have been designing and building the highest quality industrial scales for well over 30 years. In this time, we’ve worked extremely hard to not only provide the highest quality scales to our customer base, but also to ensure our service after the sale was impeccable as well. We’re extremely passionate about providing our customers with the best possible buying experience before, during and after the sale. Our scale designers and manufacturing team leaves no stone unturned when it comes to delivering a rugged, accurate and cost effective industrial scale for each one of our customers.

Industrial Scales Designed and Built in Long Island, New York

One of the primary reasons we feel we’ve been able to succeed and grow over the past 30 years is because of our unique approach to manufacturing and designing our scales in the US. That’s right, each of our scales are designed and built right here in our Long Island, New York factory. Here we have all of our team members working side by side to ensure that we’re producing high quality scales each and every day.

Another added benefit of manufacturing our scales here in the US is that we’re able to sell our products factory direct to our customers, cutting out any middle men that would markup the price of our scales. This way, we can sell our customers top of the line scales, but at prices that are often less than our competitors, who must rely on complex distributor networks to get their scales from overseas manufacturers all the way to a customer’s doorstep.

Why Calibration is Critical for Most Industrial Counting Scales

If you’re in the market for an industrial counting scale, you understand that the very reason you’re purchasing a new scale is that you’re looking to weigh a large number of similarly sized items. While counting scales can make quick work of weighing large batches of items, they’ll be less than effective if they’re not properly calibrated.

Many scale manufacturers require a scale to be taken completely out of service, and sometimes even sent back to a manufacturer for full calibration. This causes significant problems for companies who can’t afford to be without a scale for any length of time. This often requires companies to have to purchase multiple scales just for the simple reason of having a backup when one scale needs to be calibrated.

Thankfully at Arlyn Scales, our scales come calibrated from the factory, and if calibration is ever necessary, it can be easily done at your facility in just a few minutes.

Common Scenarios That Show Your Scale Needs to be Calibrated

Knowing if your scale needs to be calibrated doesn’t have to be difficult. Below are three of the most common scenarios where a scale needs to be properly calibrated.

  • Zero reading – If you’re placing an item on the scale platform, but the scale itself is still showing a zero reading than you may need to calibrate your counting scale. Ensure that nothing is interfering with the movement of the scale platform, but chances are your scale may need calibration.
  • Different readings based on different platform areas – If you place an item on different areas of your scale and receive vastly different readings, the first thing you need to check is that all of your scale legs are level. If they are, then this could be because the scale needs to be calibrated.
  • Fluctuating weight readings – If you place an item on your scale platform and the display indicator constantly fluctuates and never settles on one weight reading, first check to ensure the scale is not sitting on any vibrating surface, or is being exposed to any air currents. If you can’t see any obvious reason why weight readings continue to fluctuate, a scale calibration may fix the issue.


How to Calibrate a Counting Scale from Arlyn Scales

As mentioned above, our scale calibration process is quite simple. Follow the steps below and you’ll have a newly calibrated scale in a matter of minutes.

  • Ensure proper scale placement – Make sure that your scale is placed in an area that’s free of vibration or air currents.
  • Enable calibration mode – To access calibration mode on one of our counting scales, first navigate to the Set Up menu then select Platform Setups followed by Span Calibration. You will then need to enter a test weight value.
  • Input Test weight value – When calibrating a scale with a test weight, first select an item that is within the scale’s maximum capacity. We typically recommend an item that’s roughly 50% of the scale’s full capacity. Enter the test weight using the keypad on the display indicator.
  • Remove all objects from the scale platform – Clear any objects from the scale platform and press Enter.
  • Press calibrate – Press the Calibrate button to begin calibration.
  • Place test weight on the platform – Now you’ll place a test weight item on the scale platform and wait for the weight value to stabilize. Next, press Enter. Once the scale has completed calibration, it will return to the Platform menu.


Have any Additional Questions About our Industrial Counting Scales

Now that you’re well versed in how easy it is to calibrate one of our industrial scales, feel free to reach out to our team with any other additional questions you may have. It’s our goal to manufacture industrial scales that not only utilize the latest technology, but are built to last for many years. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-645-4301 or email us using our online contact form if you have any questions before or after making a scale purchase.