Commercial floor scales are used in a wide range of applications, and can be used to weigh anything from chemical drums, palettes, boxes, or even livestock or medical patients in medical applications. Floor scales may also be used in the food service industry to measure bulk food items, or in the shipping industry.
Commercial floor scales are made from very durable materials, like aircraft grade steel or aluminum, and they are designed to weigh anything from grams all the way up to several tons, as in the case of livestock, or heavy equipment. There are many options of scales for commercial operations that handle weight-sensitive items. Nearly any type of weighing requirements can be met by a scale with the load range and features best suited to the application.
Many commercial floor scales have large, flat bases, or platforms, that the items to be weighed are placed on. They generally have several separate sensors that are used. These are placed under the corners of a large platform and each of the weights are added together. The best quality sensors are made from stainless steel. These kinds of scales must be calibrated very carefully so that the correct weight is received. If the calibration is not correct, it becomes much more difficult for the person using the scale to get an accurate and correct weight. Calibrations can be done on-site, with well maintained test weights, making the process fast and easy.
When you buy a commercial floor scale, look for one that offers everything you want. There are different options and price levels. Naturally, you do not want to spend too much. However, you still need to get a scale that is going to be effective for you and your needs. Spending less does not provide good value if you end up with something that does not meet your needs or that you can not do very much with. For example, if you need a scale that can record data, consider a floor scale with a printer, or a scale that is connected through Ethernet cable to a laptop or local area network.
Rather than focus on the price of the commercial floor scale you are considering, focus on the quality and what you will be getting for the money. Does the scale work for you? Will it meet your needs? Those things ultimately matter much more in the long run than the actual price of the scale does, so it is worth taking the time to consider them. Also consider how the scale is constructed and what it is made of, along with what kind of warranty it has.
Some scales are warranted for longer than others. The materials the scale is made from can matter a great deal, depending on what kinds of things will be weighed on it. For example, you may want an easy to clean stainless steel floor scale for a meat packing plant, and a lighter weight aluminum or composite floor scale for shipping needs. Taking into account how the commercial floor scale will be used and what kinds of products will be weighed on it can go a long way toward finding a scale that meets your specific needs. That way you will be happy with your choice of scale well into the future.