Which is a Better Scale for Your Industry: Stainless Steel or Aluminum?

Which is a Better Scale for Your Industry: Stainless Steel or Aluminum?Consumers are often required to choose the construction material used to build an industrial scale before purchasing it. Material options typically include aluminum, steel, and stainless steel.

Each material has certain benefits the other materials may or may not have. For example, aluminum is lightweight and cheaper than steel; however, steel is more durable than aluminum and can endure higher weight capacities.

To decide which material should be used to construct an industrial scale, consumers should consider the location and purpose of the scale.

Scale Location

Scales are impacted by the environment they operate in. The material a scale consists of can make the difference between the scale operating properly for many years or very few.

Aluminum is durable and inexpensive compared to stainless steel, however, it is also malleable where stainless steel is not. Arlyn Scales recommends aluminum scale construction to customers who do not plan to use their scale in moist, corrosive, or abusive environments.

In areas containing high amounts of water or moisture, scales are susceptible to rust. Over time rust can damage a scale. If water or moisture is near the operating site of an industrial scale, a stainless steel scale should be purchased.

Stainless steel is a better construction option for industries working in corrosive environments. The tough material can endure harsh chemicals where aluminum cannot.

The Purpose of the Scale 

For industries measuring heavy loads or working with automatic equipment to load and unload objects to and from the scale platform, stainless steel is the best option. A stainless steel scale can handle getting a little banged up and its sturdiness protects the mechanisms inside the scale.

To determine whether aluminum or stainless steel is the best scale material, buyers should consider what is being weighed, how heavy the object is, and how the object is being placed on the weighing platform.

Stainless Steel Scales Require Further Protection

Stainless steel is highly durable. It protects scales and inside mechanisms from moisture, dangerous chemicals and fumes, and more; however, stainless steel often requires an added layer of protection to keep scales completely safe from harsh chemicals.

A special coating is applied to stainless steel scales to protect them from chemical exposure. Arlyn Scales uses an epoxy coating, which has a polyamine base and provides a high level of corrosion protection.

If the epoxy coating is ever breached, the metal beneath it becomes exposed and vulnerable to corrosive elements. The epoxy coating Arlyn Scales applies protects the scale from abrasion and provides added rust and corrosion resistance.

Chemical Processing Industries and Stainless Steel Scales

Standard industrial scales can be severely damaged by being exposed to chemicals, including strong acids and alkali materials. Even chemical fumes can damage standard industrial scales.

Industries dealing with chemical processing would find stainless steel constructed industrial scales more useful for their purposes. Chemical processing companies often work with cylinders holding corrosive liquefied gasses, such as chlorine or sulfur dioxide, or drums of various harsh chemicals.

Examples of chemical processing companies include water treatment plants and waste water treatment plants. To protect industrial scales from damage by harsh materials, stainless steel construction and a couple layers of epoxy coating is extremely helpful.

Stainless Steel Load Cells in Arlyn Scales Devices

Load cells are an important component of every scale. If load cells fail, scales cease to function. Many of the scales Arlyn Scales designs and manufactures contain stainless steel load cells. Stainless steel load cells endure heavier weights than aluminum or steel plated load cells, and do so without shock loading or overloading. They are tough, accurate, and precise. And stainless steel load cells work well with low power electronics, which is a great advantage for industries working in corrosive environments.

Arlyn Scales adds a layer of silicone epoxy coating to our load cells instead of paint, which is used by a number of our competitors. The coating we apply is water-resistant and protects the scale’s sensors. Many of our scales contain 4 stainless steel load sensors, which makes them capable of measuring high capacities while still producing accurate results.

High-Quality Construction and Function in Every Scale

Every Arlyn Scales scale is designed and manufactured in one place. Our company makes each scale component in our state-of-the-art facilities located in Long Island, New York.

Arlyn Scales offers customers a wide selection of high quality, long-lasting industrial scales. Our collection includes floor scales, platform scales, bench scales, drum scales, counting scales, and more. Most of our scales come standard in aluminum, steel, or stainless steel. Customers have the opportunity to choose from a range of customizable scale options, as well, to create the ideal scale for their needs.

Included With Every Arlyn Scales’ Scale

Arlyn Scales’ scales are pre-calibrated, which means when they arrive at our customers’ locations they are ready to get to work. Our scales do not feature moving parts either, so they do not require set-up and rarely require maintenance.

Every Arlyn Scales’ scale features a digital indicator, which is equipped with advanced digital algorithms to improve the accuracy and precision of our scales. Our scales have full functioning keypads, which enables data input, and large graphic displays, which make it easy to view weight readings from any angle and distance.

Buy Your Arlyn Scales Industrial Scale Today

Every facility requires a scale suitable for the environment in which it operates. Visit Arlyn Scales’ website today to view our collection of industrial scales. If you need additional assistance deciding which scale construction is right for your industry, reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Contact Arlyn Scales by calling 800-645-4301 or fill out our online contact form.