Weighing scales exist for any type of equipment. Scales can weigh gravel, liquefied gases, chemicals, paper, livestock, luggage, pharmaceuticals and process equipment.
As if scales weren’t already customized enough, the technology and digital age requires a new level of customization. In turn, custom weighing scales were designed by manufacturers to meet the need-specific demands of industrial consumers. Scales now come in technologically advanced forms that increase reliability, precision, durability and cost. The ultimate goal of a custom weighing scale is to either level the playing field with a competitor or set the bar against a competitor.
Custom weighing scales are often referred to as custom weighing scale systems, much in the same way desktop computers used to be called “computer systems.” Custom weighing scales are referred to as systems because in many ways they are computers that come with their own assortment of software and peripherals.
Custom scales may cost $100s and $1000s more than standard scales, . Often though, a custom scale could end up costing less than a standard scale because it is only designed to perform the required job. Furthermore, a well-designed custom weighing scales leads to rapid increases in ROI for manufacturers.
- Custom weighing scales often come with their own software. The software is an additional cost, but a considerable benefit to consumers. The software takes guesswork from the scale and puts it into a computer. The software eliminates the need for hand-written data that need to be transcribed into a computer later. Instead, the results are digitally transferred into the files. Custom weighing scale software can also help calibrate the scales, reducing the need for costly visits from manufacturers.
- Custom weighing scale systems can track SKU data, allowing companies to analyze and target particular clients and their preferences.
- SKU and barcode labeling programs exists to label products for barcodes and tracking. The system takes the automization to a new level, almost automating the entire process from weighing to relaying the information to digitally cataloging the data.
- Custom weighing scales can include features such as ultrasonic sensors that measure weight and volume. The scales have been useful in pharmaceuticals to track prescription filling.
- In addition to AC power adapters, electronic scales for liquefied gases may contain optional battery-backups in case of power failure. As well, the battery backup makes low-weight scales movable between stations or between industrial sites.
Additional features of custom scales
- The most ubiquitous “technologically-advanced” feature of a custom weighing scale is actually a fairly old feature that has become mainstream. The digital LCD display is the base of a custom weighing scale. Long gone are the old dials that sometimes needed a magnifying glass to read the weight. A custom weighing scale with a digital display delivers need-specific, easy-to-read results that far surpass their counterparts. When requesting a digital display, make sure the housing is resistant to weather, moisture and corrosion.
- For a user that wants a custom weighing scale where the results are instantly read into the machine instead of being typed, a USB port or Ethernet port is available. USB or Ethernet port transmits the data from the scale to the computer. The aforementioned software aggregates, analyzes and sorts the data.
- Custom weighing scales come with what is sometimes called “peripheral equipment.” These features such as printers, scanners, faxes, keyboards and handheld devices add to the function of a custom weighing scale. They allow the information to not only be uploaded, but transmitted, edited and reproduced in print or digitally for other users.