Updated on July 8th, 2019
Weighing heavy and bulky objects requires a particular type of scale that can withstand the heavy-duty work. In such applications, the conventional weighing apparatus used is a platform scale. Not only does it make weighing oversized objects simple, but it is also the most practical solution, especially when space is an issue.
1. What Is A Platform Scale, And How Does It Work?
Platforms scales have a simple configuration and typically made of stainless steel for easy sanitation and clean-up. Some models have a textured surface so that products do not slip, while others have wheels for mobility. A platform scale is a heavy-duty and sturdy piece of equipment. In addition to the standard weighing feature, some of these scales can also perform check weighing or counting. You can also buy additional accessories such as ramps if needed for the application.
Operating a platform scale is simple and straightforward. But to maximize the function of the scale, you can connect a scale indicator to the platform so that it can perform other features such as check weighing, parts counting, and depending on the model weigh the percentage of products. If the platform scale has more sophisticated capabilities, it can be connected to a computer or printer for tracking and recording data.
2. Application Of Platform Scales
Many industries today use platform scales for a variety of applications. The robust construction and heavy-duty function of a platform scale make it a practical solution for weighing, counting, and quality control. For example, manufacturing companies use it for managing inventory and distribution. A platform scale can weigh anything from pallet boxes and large containers to small parts such as nuts and bolts.
Companies that deal with live animals also use platform scales to handle livestock and other animals before transport, and even hospitals use them to weigh patients that are in wheelchairs. You can also see platform scales in airports used to weigh passenger luggage as well as in processing plants to weigh bulky ingredients used in production.
3. How To Choose The Right Platform Scale
Although it may seem that choosing a platform scale is a simple task, the sheer variety and models available today makes choosing slightly more challenging. The two primary factors to consider in buying a platform scale are readability and capacity. If the intended application will only use the scale to count small goods, there is no need to invest in a high-capacity or industrial-type platform scale.
Your next consideration in selecting a scale is the platform size. For items that are heavy but small, the platform can be smaller in size but with a higher capacity. This way, it will not take up a lot of space. If mobility is an issue, choose a scale that will easily fit through doorways and has wheels.
Lastly, consider the features and indicators you may need to ensure that the scale is versatile and useful for a variety of applications. The items you are weighing will also determine the platform material, especially if sanitation is an issue, such as in the case of live animals or food.