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Service and Calibration Contracts are a great way to ensure your scales and weighing equipment are continually maintained and ready to be used throughout the year.  If your company depends on its weighing equipment and you haven’t already got a service contract, here is some information which may be of interest to you.

Scales that are regularly maintained quite simply work better and last longer.  After all, what use is a scale if the results are inaccurate?

Our engineers ensure your weighing equipment is continually working correctly and to within its own parameters.  We here at Total Weighing Solutions offer our customers both 6-monthly and annual service and calibration contracts where required.  This is a must have if your scales are mission critical.

For a fixed price, our engineers will attend site and perform a range of duties to ensure your scales are ready to be used whenever needed.

Some of the duties completed will be:-

  • Visual Inspection – One of the first things, we here at TWS, check for is for any physical defects.  Is the scale connected properly and free of any damage which would stop the scale from performing correctly and from being safe?  Even more so if the scale works overhead (for instance a crane scale), a physical inspection for defects is a must.  The last thing any company wants to deal with is a load being dropped onto someone from a great height. Did you know we are one of the few scale companies in the UK able to provide LOLER certificates for lifting equipment?
  • Consistent Results – An important requirement for any scale is it’s linearity and repeatability.  A good scale should go to the same reading each time the same load is applied.  If you take away half the load, then the reading should also go down by half.  The same applies for doubling the load.  This should be the same throughout the range of the scale and often proves the scale is working well. Anything other than this and the scale may require some work which we will advise on when found.
  • Accuracy of Results – The next thing to check is are the results accurate.  When you apply certified test weights to the scale, does the weight indicator show the same as that applied?  All scales, no matter what class of accuracy, will have a tolerance to work to.  This is normally a percentage of the full scale, or capacity, value. Our engineers carry with them a vast library of calibration instructions for many different manufacturers, so should the scale not fall within it’s own parameters, we can re-calibrate it and bring it back into tolerance.
  • Calibration Certificate – Once all tests have been performed and accuracy is assured, a calibration certificate is issued detailing the tests performed and the results.

When you have a service contract with TWS, we guarantee to you that we will perform all of the above tasks at your site at your convenience.  Anything that falls outside of these duties, for instance parts that are required to repair a scale, we offer at a 10% discount to our loyal customers.

If you would like a quotation for your scale service or calibration requirements, please do not hesitate to phone us at 01327 368020 or by emailing service@totalweighing.co.uk .

As you may already know, TWS can supply a vast range of industrial type weighing scales, but did you know that a lot of our scales are used in the aviation sector?

We have been supplying airport cargo companies with weighing machine solutions for some time now.  Our scales have come to be known as high quality instruments capable of providing up to date weight information around the globe, 24/7.

As well as providing the standard pallet weighing platform scales, we can also supply and fit load cell kits to be installed on ball deck and conveyor machines.

All machines supplied by us can be trade approved when needed, and can also be supplied with a fully customizable label printer.  Perfect for any cargo company.

When weight data is needed to be stored on a network infrastructure, we can fit our weighing equipment with Wi-Fi or network cards which allows for the transmission of the weight information to a central location.

We work hard to bring the best solutions to our customers.

For a free no-obligation quote, call us or email today!

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Weighing Scales have come a long way in the last decade or so.  Gone are the days where a weighing scale simply told you the weight of something, now they are commonly linked in to shipping systems, packaging solutions and even the medical records database.  This guide will break down the questions you need to ask to give you the right scale first time.

1. What’s your application?

The first and foremost question you need to ask, what will I be doing with this scale?  Are you weighing people, boxes, pallets, vehicles or something else?  The answer to this question will put you in the right category.  For instance, if you are weighing people then you will want Medical Scales, if it’s boxes or pallets then you will be looking for Industrial Scales and so on.

Choose the right category and you will then have a clearer picture of what’s available to you.

2. How do you want to use the scale?

Once you have chosen the right category (Step 1), you will then want to choose how you wish to use the scale.  As an example, you want to weigh pallets in a busy despatch area.  Having selected Industrial Scales you will then want to select a sub-category of platform scales or pallet weighing.  In a medical application where you wanted to weigh babies in a maternity ward, you would choose Medical Scales followed by Baby Scales.

3. Pick the right Capacity scale

Make sure when picking your scale that you choose the right capacity for your application.  Always over estimate, never under estimate.

You’re going to be weighing something around 200Kg?  Pick a scale with 300Kg capacity.  This will give you that extra comfort to know you are not stressing your scale unnecessarily.  Although scales are often protected from overloading, and are load tested to excess of their rated capacity, it will help you in the long run to make sure you are well within the scales capacities.  Along with this you are future proofing your application.  OK, so you may be weighing up to 200Kg now, but maybe that will be 250Kg next year.  Better to be safe than sorry.

Some caution though, don’t overdo your estimation.  Remember, the higher the capacity you go the larger the weighing increments.  See the next step…

4. What Increments do you require?

Right, so you now know what capacity you need, but the increments are also important.  Generally, the higher the capacity the more coarse the increments are.

The increments are the steps that your scale takes, from zero up to capacity.  This is often the second number quoted after capacity.  For instance, 30Kg x 10g would be a 30Kg capacity scale that goes up in 10g steps, or 0.01Kg to visualize it better.  1500Kg x 0.5Kg would mean the scale goes up in 0.5Kg steps all the way up to 1500Kg.

To confuse matters, some scales have dual (or even triple) capacity and increments.  This will often read as two capacities and two increments.  As an example, 1500/3000Kg x 0.5/1Kg would give you a dual capacity where the scale goes up to 1500Kg in 0.5Kg steps, and once it’s reached 1500Kg it then goes up to the next capacity of 3000 Kg in 1Kg steps.

This works well for most people as it practically gives you two scales for the price of one.

5. Choose the right Platform Size

An important choice to make is the platform or base size.  You wouldn’t want to be weighing a pallet on a 400mm square platform after all.

This is often the easiest choice to make, but also easy to get wrong.  It normally isn’t a problem to weigh an oversized object on a smaller platform, but the weight needs to be completely applied to the scale, it can’t be supported by anything else or you won’t get an accurate reading.

6. Are you Selling or Buying by Weight?

If you are either selling or buying by weight, or in a medical profession where you are prescribing medicine, you will need to have Class III Trade Approved Scales.  Also known as CE-M approved, Trading Standards Approved or Stamped Scales.

Read our previous article entitled What are Class III Approved Scales and do I need them? to find out if this applies to you.

7. What do you want to do with the weight information?

As previously mentioned, scales have moved on in the last decade or so to interfacing with other systems to provide a much more uniform collection of data.  Weight information is important to most applications and in most cases, critical.  With the majority of our scales, we are able to offer different connectivity options.  Want your axle pads to communicate with your tablet PC via Bluetooth?  Not a problem.  Want your pallet scales to connect to your Wi-Fi network to transmit to a PC on the other side of the building, or even a different country?  Again, not a problem.

This is our speciality.  Please do get in touch if you have requirements for interfacing your scales with different systems.

8. If you are unsure, Ask

As with most scale companies, Total Weighing Solutions are happy to help you find the right scale for you.  If the multitude of choices confuses you then we would always welcome your call or email to ask for advice.  Our representatives are always willing and able to help you, simply call us on 01327 368020 or email us at sales@totalweighing.co.uk.