If the accuracy of your bathroom scale is a little wonky, it’s not life or death. But for companies in industries that rely on the accurate measurement of products and shipments, precision influences the success of a business in many ways.
Arlyn Scales is a well-known manufacturer of high-quality industrial scales and has been in business for over 30 years. We know what it takes to make a high quality and accurate weighing machine. That’s why all of our business is done in-house—every aspect of design and construction of our scales takes place on-site at our location in Long Island, New York. Before we ship products to our customers, we make sure to calibrate the scale being prepared for shipment so that it can be used upon arrival; however, we understand that scales can lose their accuracy over time.
Natural wear and tear is bound to occur on scales, even when they are made from the highest quality materials and utilize the latest technology available. Therefore, if you are the owner of an industrial scale, there are a few questions regarding calibration that you should know the answers to, including:
- What is calibration?
- How do I know my scale needs to be calibrated?
- What is the process of calibrating a scale?
What is Calibration?
Calibration is the process of adjusting a scale up with its standard of measurement. Many scale manufacturers, including Arlyn Scales, calibrate their scales before sending them to customers; however, a number of factors can cause a scale to lose calibration and produce inaccurate measurements.
When and How Do I Know My Scale Should Be Calibrated?
Keep in mind that scales can be influenced by changes in humidity, temperature, barometric pressure and gravitational acceleration. Furthermore, electric motors, uneven scale legs or devices such as cellphones and walkie-talkies can impact scale readings, as well. Sometimes, inaccurate results are produced because a scale is old. Overtime, scales wear down, which can affect their accuracy.
In the end, when it comes to scale calibration, follow these general guidelines to ensure your scale is continuously producing accurate readings:
- Calibrate your scale on a regular basis
- If the scale is ever moved, calibrate it
- If any of the aforementioned signs are noticed, check for possible influencers before pursuing calibration—if a solution is not found, then calibrate your scale
- When you purchase a new scale, it is suggested that you do an initial calibration.
- Keep a calibration mass on hand so that you can easily perform calibration when necessary
How Do You Calibrate a Scale?
- Make sure your scale is in a vibration-free place with a stable temperature and zero air current
- On the scale’s screen, access calibration mode by going to:
- Platform Set-Ups
- Span Calibration
- Enter the test weight value when prompted—be sure to choose a weight that is within the scale’s capacity range. Arlyn Scales recommends a weight that is 50% of the scale’s capacity. We also suggest that you do not use a weight that is less than 10% of the scale’s capacity.
- Clear the scale platform and make sure the scale’s legs are solidly placed on the ground
- Press “Calibrate”
- Put the test weight in the center of the scale platform
In order for a scale to be able to calibrate itself, you need to have an accurate test weight. The test weight should be approximately in the range that is most often used for this scale, generally about 50% of the overall capacity. And you should indicate the full capacity of the scale, too, which is known as the “span”. The span is usually the maximum capacity of a scale, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be any quantity as long is the number is greater than any weight you ever plan on measuring. The point is you need to give the scale a range to work within.
Self-Calibrating Arlyn Scales’ Scales
To ensure employees receive accurate results from your scale, it must be properly calibrated regularly and whenever necessary. Arlyn Scales supplies a variety of self-calibrating scales. Our calibration process is easy and user-friendly. When a scale can calibrate itself, the amount of time, energy and knowledge normally given by employees is greatly reduced. Also, self-calibration eliminates the need to wait for a person to come to your facility to calibrate your scale.
Arlyn Scales’ top quality and precise self-calibrating scales keep your business running smoothly. So don’t hesitate to orders yours today!
Contact Arlyn Scales To Learn More About Our Scales Today!
As a leader of design and development of technology in the weighing industry, customers can expect a lot from Arlyn Scales. We make our scales using the best materials and latest technology available. And we are the proud suppliers of a wide selection of industrials scales, including: platform, floor, bench, drum, counting, cylinder, crane, digital and veterinary/animals scales.
We offer factory-direct pricing on all of our scales, along with customizable additional options—so don’t hesitate! Visit our website today to see all of the scales that we manufacture and sell. If you have questions, call us at 800-645-4301 or fill out our online contact form.