Aluminum or Stainless Steel: What Material is Best for Your Company

Aluminum or Stainless Steel: What Material is Best for Your CompanyAs a leader in design and technology in the weighing industry for over 30 years, Arlyn Scales is the proud supplier of a wide selection of industrial scales. Each scale is made to meet the specific needs of each customer. And our customers have the option of choosing between aluminum, steel and stainless steel construction. If you are in the market for a high quality, accurate and durable industrial scale, but are not quite sure which material is right for your company’s purposes or environment, keep reading! We’re about to tell you all you need to know about aluminum and stainless steel industrial scales.

The Difference Between Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Aluminum and steel make up many of the everyday objects around us. For example, aluminum is commonly used to make soda cans, aircrafts, car radiators, air conditioning units and high-voltage overhead power lines. The soft metal is renowned for being lightweight, easily moldable and cheaper than other metals, including stainless steel. Stainless steel, on the other hand, consists of iron, chromium, nickel, manganese and copper. It is a poor conductor of electricity, and is tough to cut and form. Steel is also recognized for its resistance to wear and tear and abrasions.

Both metals are different in many ways, so it is easy to understand why each would be considered more suitable for separate, specific uses.

Aluminum is a popular material used to manufacture industrial scales because it is durable and inexpensive compared to other materials used. Most of Arlyn Scales’ scales are sold standard in steel construction; however, a many of our scales are available in aluminum, steel and stainless steel construction.

What Are You Going To Use Your Scale For?

Before purchasing the right industrial scale for your company, you must know how it is going to be used. So, what will you be weighing? There are a number of items commonly weighed by industrial scales, including: liquids, hazardous materials, pallets, boxes and cylinders or drums.

The material in which a scale is made will impact its durability. For example, if your company needs a scale to weigh non-corrosive items, then an aluminum scale would be a great choice. However if your business were looking to weigh corrosive or extremely heavy items/loads, then a steel or stainless steel scale would be a better option. Steel and stainless steel construction protects the scale from getting banged up and guards the machinery inside of the scale, as well.

If you need a scale capable of lifting or weighing heavy equipment, Arlyn Scales manufactures scales with ramps and guides available to assist with weighing hefty objects. Furthermore, keep in mind many manufacturers offer stainless steel for platforms or bases only instead of entirely constructed stainless steel scales. Unfortunately, if a scale’s internal machinery is not also made from stainless steel, then it is not fully prepared to withstand heavy or corrosive materials being weighed on the scale.  Therefore, if your business is looking to weigh corrosive materials on a regular basis, invest in a corrosion resistant scale that is completely constructed from stainless steel.

Consider The Workplace Environment

After determining what your scale will be used to measure, you should consider the environment in which it will be used before making the final purchase. Oftentimes, warehouse environments are hectic and potential danger is always lurking. Who knows what could happen next? Heavy objects might fall, men could be injured or, if hazardous materials are present, a fire or explosion could ignite. So, when you’re shopping for the ideal scale, always factor in any risks that exist in the environment of your warehouse or company location.

It’s in your company’s best interest to purchase a scale that is durable enough for the environment in which it operates so that it can stick around for a while. Taking into account the purpose of the scale and the workplace environment, you should be able to determine whether aluminum or a stainless steel scale is right for your workplace.

Arlyn Scales Has Options, Options, Options

Whatever you plan to weigh, and wherever you plan to weigh it, Arlyn Scales has the right scale for you and your company. We offer scales in aluminum, steel and stainless steel construction. All of our scales are equipped with stainless steel load cells because they can endure heavy objects being dropped on a scale platform and resist shock load, whereas aluminum load cells would be damaged easily.

Arlyn Scales designs and manufactures scales that vary in capacity, resolution and construction. The following is a list of our commonly sold scales and the constructions in which they are available:

  • Platform Scales—Stainless Steel or Aluminum
  • Cylinder Scales & Bench Scales—Stainless Steel Frame with Stainless Steel Platform or Aluminum Frame with Stainless Steel Platform
  • Floor Scales—Stainless Steel or Steel
  • Ultra Precision Scales—Aluminum Frame with Stainless Steel Platform

In addition to our aluminum and stainless steel constructed scales, Arlyn Scales also offers a variety of coatings sure to extend the life of your scale. An additional coating can help to prevent corrosion and rust on your scale. The coatings we supply, include:

  • Zinc Galvanized Epoxy—standard on all of our steel floor scales, makes it difficult for scales to be scratched
  • Triple Epoxy with Mica Particles—our most advanced epoxy, only available for our stainless steel scales

Can’t Find What You’re Looking For?

After looking at our website and seeing all of the scales that Arlyn Scales sells, we hope that you can find a great scale for your company; however, if you cannot find what you’re looking for, give us a call at 800-645-4301 today! Arlyn Scales can make a custom-made scale tailored to meet your specific needs.

If you are unsure of what type of material is right for your future scale, then reach out to us. We’d be happy to discuss your needs and help you decide which Arlyn Scales’ scale is right for you.