Accurate industrial weighing scales are an important part of any manufacturing environment, including the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and engineering industries, to name but a few. They provide sensitive and essential information, which is then utilized in many different areas of the business, including financial, operational and legislative.
Depending on the nature of the industry in which they are being used, scales can range from small units found in a laboratory and which have a maximum capacity of under one kilogram, to giant load cells capable of weighing objects in excess of 100 tons.
Industrial weighing can be divided into loss-in-weight/gain-in-weight or rate control applications. Which one you choose depends on the nature of your manufacturing line and the environment in which the scale will be used.
Accuracy is Key
Infinite precision can never actually be achieved and as a result, all measuring devices will have some degree of inaccuracy. The ideal is to keep this inaccuracy to a minimum – less than 1%.
In a manufacturing or production environment, accurate weighing is critically important in order to achieve uniform batches. It is also vital in order to obtain consistency in the dispensing or formulation processes. Put in the simplest terms, it is following a recipe for a particular product to ensure the finished product is the same every time.
Process requirements are predefined, and these specifications must be met with a high degree of accuracy and regularity. Frequent out-of-specification results can easily be avoided simply by properly and accurately weighing all components.
Accurate and efficient weighing processes are also a solution to some of the trickier and more demanding challenges inherent in the food industry, such as consumer safety, increasingly stringent public health requirements, competitiveness and productivity.
Accurate and reliable weighing solutions are essential if you want to operate as efficiently and leanly as possible. You need to be able to accurately measure inputs, collect and analyze data and monitor wastage. Weighing systems or scales should be able to integrate seamlessly into your manufacturing environment and withstand tough operational conditions. They should also pair with your manufacturing software or MRP system for an integrated weighing and data analysis system.
It should thus be apparent that having an efficient weighing solutions system in place in your business is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your manufacturing system, increase your cost efficiency and minimize waste. In turn, the weighing system you choose should also offer the lowest total cost of ownership during its useful lifespan.