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Precision Weighing: How to Calibrate a General Weighing Scale

by | Mar 23, 2022 | Blog | 0 comments

Any industry that relies on scales understands the importance of ensuring their accuracy. Whether it’s used for daily weighing of sea containers or occasionally clarifying shipment specifications, it’s vital to understand how to calibrate a scale or know weighing specialists who do.

Calibration is essential to accurate measurements for any form of balance or scales. Particularly in industries where inaccurate results can mean a hefty fine, it is important to regularly calibrate your heavy-duty scales and ensure accuracy has not slipped from damage or standard wear and tear.

What is a scale calibration?

Testing of scales is known as calibration, where accuracy is determined and renewed should results begin to slip. There are many industries where regular calibration is needed, such as laboratories, and inaccurate results can mean real damage to property or finances, like the logistics and shipping sectors. 

What are the benefits of precise scale calibration?

In order to ensure accurate results from your certified weighing scales, regular calibration carried out by experts in this field is required. Inaccurate results can lead to many negative scenarios; inaccurate data being recorded regarding shipments, losing clients due to faulty results, and serious fines being handed down by regulatory bodies.

The precise nature of industrial scales for mobile container nature means the slightest change can cause inaccurate results. Rather than risk affecting the quality of the product or losing revenue, work with calibration specialists who carry out accurate checks on site, repairing issues efficiently along with thorough testing. 

What do you need to calibrate certified weighing scales?

Calibration is carried out using calibration weights or weight masses. While the process is unique for each type of scale, there are calibration functions on each device by which you can accurately check precise results are being returned.

Learning how to calibrate a scale used for sea container weighing is not as straightforward as general scales and requires essential training. Forklift technicians wishing to test scales must be able to carry out complex NMI testing and reporting for each scale type and have the currently certified test masses required as per NMI regulation 13.

The risks pertaining to inaccurate testing make working with calibration experts at Instant Weighing a smart investment for your business

How to calibrate a scale

To calibrate quality, certified weighing scales, a certified mass approved for your scale form needs to be acquired. This mass is placed on the scales, after which the weight reading should be recorded. 

If the results do not meet the required standards or don’t fall within the particular calibration tolerance of your scale, it needs adjusting via specialist servicing to restore accuracy. This calibration step needs to be carried out for multiple points within the scales chosen calibration range (0 to maximum selected weight), to ensure results are precise regardless of weight.

Value of an expert testing service

Acquiring a professional testing and calibration service is a guaranteed way to ensure each of your scales is functioning correctly and to the immaculate standard required within your industry.

As a long-standing industry leader in professional scale testing and calibrations, Instant Weighing is the top choice for many established companies in WA. By transporting certified test masses from Broome to Esperance, we conduct District Runs for yearly calibration tests in an accurate and cost-effective manner for our many valued return clients. 

Professional calibration service with Instant Weighing

With a niche expertise that has made us the scale company of choice for many leading WA businesses, Instant Weighing are proud to have over 25 years of experience to offer our clients. Whether you require scales calibrated on-site or at our workshop, each highly trained technician holds the relevant NMI licensing needed to accurately test each scale as required.

Contact us today for more information on our calibration services or to discuss a scale purchase.