An Overview of the Materials Used in Arlyn’s High Quality Scales


An Overview of the Materials Used in Arlyn's High Quality ScalesThousands of years ago when the first weighing scale was conceived, it was created using limestone and wood, which were materials found in the natural environment of Ancient Egypt. Today, there are hundreds of different types of scales. And each is made to serve a distinctive purpose. There are scales made from glass, aluminum and steel. And every scale is either electric or mechanical. When someone is searching for the perfect scale to satisfy their need(s), they have countless options to choose from. So how does anybody ever know how to decide?

If you are someone considering the purchase of an industrial scale, it is important that you determine 1) the purpose of the scale, and 2) the environment in which the scale will be located. Then you can decide which type of scale is best for you and the type of materials it should be made of.

Arlyn Scales is a leader in the design and manufacturing of industrial scales and has been for over 30 years. We supply a wide collection of industrial scales, which includes:

  • Platform Scales
  • Floor Scales
  • Parts Counting Scales
  • Drum Scales
  • Cylinder Scales
  • Bench Scales
  • Crane Scales
  • Veterinary and Animal Scales
  • Ultra Precision Scales
  • High-Resolution Balances and Scales
  • Corrosion Resistant Scales
  • Scales for Hazardous, Explosive and Flammable Environments

With all of our scales we use the latest technology to manufacture the highest quality industrial scales in the world. We use the best materials to ensure that our scales will provide highly accurate results, last a long time and resist deterioration. With many of our scales, customers have a choice when it comes to how their scale is constructed. For example, we offer aluminum, steel and stainless steel options for the majority of our scales.

Arlyn Scales uses high-quality materials to manufacture our scales so that our customers know that they are receiving the best scale possible. And we offer a number of scale options so our customers can tailor their new scale to fit specific needs.

Every warehouse is different from the next. And each one can be a hectic environment in its own way. Arlyn Scales understands how important it is for every facility in need of an industrial scale to have one that is durable and suitable for the environment in which it operates. Therefore, we supply a wide selection of scales that vary in capacity, resolution and construction. Consumers of industrial scales have countless options to choose from, and Arlyn Scales beats out the competition every time. We would like to take the time to review the materials that we use in our industrial scales and why we choose to use the materials that we do.

Industrial Scales Made Using Aluminum

Aluminum is a popular material used to manufacture industrial scales. It is durable and inexpensive compared to other materials, like stainless steel. Many of our scales are available in aluminum and we recommend them to customers that do not plan on using them in corrosive or caustic environments. If you plan on weighing corrosive items, we suggest you purchase a scale that is constructed out of stainless steel.

Many of our competitors use aluminum load cells in their scales; however, Arlyn Scales does not. Although aluminum is a useful and strong material, we know that stainless steel load cells are a better option because they can endure heavy objects being dropped on the platform and will resist shock load—whereas aluminum will be damaged more easily.

Industrial Scales Made Using Steel and Stainless Steel

Arlyn Scales offers many types of scales in complete steel and stainless steel construction. Although many of our basic scales come standard in steel, scales that are entirely made of stainless steel are the better choice for companies that work with corrosive materials regularly. If you were to drop a crate on the platform of your stainless steel scale, it would still function afterwards. Steel and stainless steel construction protects the scale from getting banged up and guards the mechanisms inside of the scale.

Materials Used to Make Load Cells 

Load cells are at the center of every electric scale. A load cell is a transducer that translates the downward force on a scale into a proportional electrical signal, which is then converted by software into a readable measurement. Smaller scales use one load cell, while larger scales can use a number of them. For example, Arlyn Scales makes a platform scale that uses four load cells to function.

Load sensor failure is a common malfunction in poorly constructed scales. When heavy objects are dropped onto the platform of a scale, load sensors can be damaged and the scale can be left inoperable. That is why Arlyn Scales uses stainless steel load cells, where many of our competitors use aluminum. Stainless steel load cells are stronger than load cells made from other materials. And when the load cells are stronger that means the platforms on scales can be bigger and more material can be weighed at one time. Ultimately, stronger load cells allow businesses to be more productive and efficient.

A Final Touch: Glass Filled Epoxy Layer

Now you know: there are many types of scales out there and they can be made from a few different materials. But keep in mind: every scale manufacturer is different and there is only so much a company is willing to do to make a product the best it can be. Arlyn Scales goes above and beyond the expectations of our customers. Every day we make a choice to use the best available materials on our scales so that our customers can receive outstanding results from their scale.

When we’re at the end of the manufacturing process of a corrosion resistant scale, we take an extra step that many scale producers don’t: we add an extra protective layer to our scales. On many of our stainless steel scales, Arlyn Scales adds a glass filled epoxy layer, which protects the scale from acids, caustics and corrosives. It is a great touch especially for scales operating in corrosive or hazardous environments. This extra layer keeps our scales working properly for longer.

Ready to Order Your Industrial Scale from Arlyn Scales?

Learn more about Arlyn Scales and the products we design, manufacture and sell today by visiting our website. If you have questions and would like to talk to someone on our professional staff, give us a call at 800-645-4301 or fill out our online contact form.