You might think you know everything there is to know about industrial platform scales: they’re heavy-duty, customizable, and are used for a variety of weighing applications—platform scales get the job done, whatever the job may be. If you own an industrial platform scale and are satisfied with all that it does for you and your company, then you might not be interested in purchasing a new platform scale just yet; however, it can’t hurt to know what’s new with the platform scales being sold currently.
Whether you own a platform scale already or you are looking to buy one for the first time, here are the top 5 fundamentals you should know about industrial platform scales
- There Are Different Kinds of Platform Scales
The first thing you should know about industrial platform scales is that scale technology has evolved tremendously over the last few decades and there are multiple types of platform scales available on the market. The majority of industrial platform scales are digital electronic scales, which means they need electricity to operate and they display weight readings digitally on a screen.
Before digital platform scales came onto the scene, people used mechanical platform scales. The weight readings delivered by mechanical scales were presented on gauges or dials, which were not always the easiest to read. Also, scale operators had to manually record weight measurements if they wanted to document the data their scale collected day-to-day. There was always a huge opportunity for human error. Digital scales have nearly eliminated the chance of human error.
- Platform Scales Can be Built to Suit Your Weighing Needs and Environment
Within the realm of ‘digital electronic scales,’ there is a large selection of platform scales to pick from and, whatever your weighing application(s) may be, platform scales can be created or modified to be ideal for your needs
When you take a look at Arlyn Scales’ assortment of industrial platform scales, you can see that customers have the opportunity to choose between a variety of scale constructions, platform sizes, and maximum capacities/readability combinations. Platform scales made by Arlyn Scales can be designed and manufactured to resist corrosion from harmful materials and substances, and Arlyn Scales offers platforms scales that are explosion-proof. For customers that want extremely accurate weight readings, Arlyn Scales offers Ultra Precision Scales, which utilize Arlyn’s patented Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology.
- Modify Platform Scales to Better Suit Your Specific Weighing Application
Once you have a scale that you know can operate safely in your facility and will deliver the kind of results you want, then you can worry about making the weighing processes of your company more efficient. Arlyn Scales offers a variety of additional options for our scales that make weighing processes quicker and simpler.
Arlyn Scales’ Set Point Controller comes in handy for companies who frequently fill or dispense liquids and/or materials in and out of drums or other containers. The Set Point Controller allows measuring processes to become automatic by using set target weights to fill or dispense materials.
There are a few add-on options for industrial platform scales that are only useful for a limited amount of weighing purposes. For example, if your company utilizes a platform scale to measure pallets, then a Set Point Controller will probably not be of much use to you; however, there are certain add-on options that can be useful to any type of company, no matter what they do.
- Available Add-On Options that Simplify the Weighing Process
When customers purchase industrial platform scales from Arlyn Scales, they can upgrade any of the standard features of the scales they buy to additional options. For example, the standard digital indicators that come with every Arlyn Scales’ scale can be upgraded to MKE-5 Digital Indicators or UpScale-9 Touchscreen Indicators. Arlyn Scales offers full stainless steel construction for our platform scales and customers can add any of the following options to their scales if desired:
- Time & Date
- Relay (AC/DC): Solid State Relays for Industrial Control
- Battery: Rechargeable Battery Pack
- NEMA: NEMA 4x Stainless Steel Display Enclosure
- Flow Rate: Flow Rate Measurement Program
- Label Printer: Label, Paper, and Card Printer (RS-232 connectivity option)
- Thermal Printer: (UpScale Only) POS Printer and Interface (Bluetooth/USB connection)
- Connectivity Options for Record Keeping and Scale Control
Arlyn Scales offers connectivity options for all of the industrial scales we manufacture. Connectivity is useful for customers who would like to control their scales from a distance or would like to store the data their scales collect on nearby computers or Internet networks. Arlyn offers connectivity via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB, RS-232, and Bluetooth. Once data is on computers, it can be integrated into Microsoft Excel or Access for analysis.
Design Your Industrial Platform Scale Today with Arlyn Scales
If you could only have one take away from this article, then it should be this: industrial scales can be anything you need them to be, do anything you want them to do, and can be anywhere—and Arlyn Scales can make the ideal industrial platform scale for your specific weighing needs.
Head over to Arlyn Scales’ website today to view our entire selection of platform scales. While there, you can view all of the platform dimensions we offer customers purchasing platform scales. If you do not see the exact dimensions you desire, then do not hesitate to contact Arlyn Scales. We can fulfill custom orders.
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