During processing, shipping, loading or any type of weighing process, the precision and accuracy of the scale are always a critical consideration. Many companies spend considerable time and money in having scales calibrated only to have to repeat the process in a few months. They do this repeatedly because accurate weighing scales save money and prevent problems with production.
With today’s technology, the old school option of using test weights to calibrate weighing systems is no longer necessary. Of course, this is only true if the manufacturer of the scale offers electronic calibration that is fast, easy and doesn’t require the use of the test weights.
Regardless of how the scales are calibrated, there are some ways that any company can use to maintain accurate weighing scales after calibration. The more of these techniques and practices that are put in place the longer the possible time period between calibrations.
Know Your Calibration Schedule
To maintain accurate weighing scales, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for calibration of the scale. This is true for both the electronic and test weight types of calibration methods. Using the scale when it is not correctly calibrated will only result in inaccuracies and possible damage to the scale.
Keep it Clean
Keeping the area under and around the scale clean is an important part of maintenance practices. Train staff when and how to clean the scale and make sure there is a specific person on each shift that is monitoring the area.
Train Staff on Use
Scales are not difficult to use, particularly with the technology available today. However, often employees don’t understand the correct use and application of the scale, resulting in trying to weigh over capacity items or other otherwise using the scale incorrectly.
Through simple training, it is easy to proactively address any bad habits that may have developed. This is a simple way to add to the life and accuracy of any industrial scale.
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