How to Choose the Right Platform Scale Size

How to Choose the Right Platform Scale SizePlatform scales are often found in agricultural and manufacturing settings. They are also frequently seen being used by airlines for a number of applications and in warehouses too. Platform scales are capable of measuring a diverse assortment of objects—everything from pallets of small or large products to piles of paper and envelopes. In the agricultural industry, platform scales are commonly used to measure animals for weight surveillance.

Many scale manufacturers offer a number of customizable scale features and options for their platform scales. Arlyn Scales, a company recognized for designing and manufacturing high quality industrial scales for more than 30 years, supplies a selection of platform scales that vary in platform dimensions, scale construction, maximum weight capacity, and resolution.

Arlyn Scales’ Platform Scales

Arlyn Scales manufactures a number of platform scale styles. Our 3200 Series is our company’s top-selling platform scale. We offer the 320-M and 320-D platform scales in various platform dimensions and scale constructions.

Arlyn’s platform scales come standard in aluminum construction but can be upgraded to stainless steel construction upon request. Stainless steel is more durable than aluminum and is capable of withstanding exposure to harsh environments and substances. Stainless steel can also endure heavier weights and abuse more effectively than aluminum.

Standard Arlyn Scales’ Platform Scale Sizes

The smallest standard platform size customers can order from Arlyn Scales is 20” x 27” and the largest is 48” x 48”. Every platform scale’s platform stands 1 7/8” from the surface the scale rests on. The low profile makes it easy for large objects to be hoisted onto the scale platform or, if people are being weighed, for people to step onto the platform. Arlyn Scales does offer various ramp options if required.

Customers of Arlyn Scales’ can choose any size platform they want. The bigger the platform, the higher the price. But how do you choose which platform size is the best for you?

What is the Purpose of your Platform Scale? 

To determine the dimensions required for your platform scale consider the purpose of your scale. What are you going to use it for? If you need a platform scale to measure small objects, such as stacks of paper or envelopes, a small platform will probably do the trick. If your company needs a platform scale to measure large animals or massive boxes of shipments, a larger platform size is probably what you should get.

You should also take into account the location of where your scale will be. You want to make sure the scale will be able to fit in the space assigned to it. Also if you know that your scale will have ramps for easy access, remember to include those dimensions in your calculations as well.

Maximum Capacity and Accuracy of Arlyn Scales’ Platform Scales

The maximum weight capacity and readability a scale is capable of delivering depends on the style and construction of the scale. For example, Arlyn’s 320-D platform scale has a maximum capacity of 500 pounds and a readability of .1 pound. This means the 320-D platform scale will deliver accurate weight readings within .1 pound of a load’s true weight when the load is placed on the scale platform for measuring.

The maximum capacity and readability of the scale remains the same even if the scale platform is ordered in a larger size. The 320-D, for example, offers the same maximum capacity and readability for platform dimensions 20” x 27”, 22” x 44”, 27” x 60”, 30” x 30”, 36” x 36”, and 48” x 48”.

Arlyn’s 320-M platform scales have maximum capacities of 1,000 pounds and readabilities of .2 pounds. This means Arlyn’s 320-M scales can hold more weight than Arlyn’s 320-D scales but are slightly less accurate. 

Features Included With Every Arlyn Scales’ Platform Scale 

Whatever size platform you choose, Arlyn Scales guarantees outstanding scale technology and performance. Our platform scales incorporate 4 stainless steel load cells in each device to prevent shock and abuse from negatively affecting weight results.

All of the platform scales Arlyn Scales manufactures feature LCD displays, which provide scale operators with easy-to-read, 1-inch graphics, a full numeric keypad, and large memory capacity. Digital indicators offer units conversions, net/gross, tare, and zero weight capabilities, as well.

Arlyn Scales’ platform scales do not include any moving parts, which reduces the risk of damage and eliminates the need for assembly. Our scales arrive to customers fully assembled and pre-calibrated. They are also capable of recalibrating themselves if and when necessary.

Additional Options Available for Platform Scales

To improve the performance of the scales we make and the weighing processes of Arlyn Scales’ customers, Arlyn Scales offers a number of additional options that can be added to any of our weighing devices.

Customers can upgrade the standard digital scale indicator to Arlyn’s UpScale Indicator, which offers a 7-inch, color touch screen and other additional features. Customers can choose from an array of connectivity options if they would like to store or analyze the data their scale collects. Arlyn offers RS-232, USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connection capabilities.

Learn More About Arlyn Scales’ Platform Scales

Visit Arlyn Scales’ website today to learn more about our company and the scales we design and manufacture. If you need assistance choosing the right platform size for your platform scale, do not hesitate to call our knowledgeable and helpful team today. Call us 800-645-4301 at or fill out our online contact form with any questions or comments you have.

By visiting our company webpage, you can learn more about Arlyn Scales, our process of designing and manufacturing scales, and about the additional options we offer with all of the scales we sell. Learn more about how you can improve your company’s processes and keep an eye on weight data with various connectivity options or learn more about the materials used to create the high quality scales we sell.