Finding the best pallet scales on line...
Looking for the best Pallet Scales on-line can be confusing with so many different models available, with a varying range of prices and options. Hopefully this Pallet Scale buying guide will help you come to a decision about the most cost effective solution for your company.
Let's first establish some pointers to get started.
• How are you loading the scale? Pallet Truck / Forklift ect
• The maximum load you will place on the scale?
• Accuracy levels needed?
• Are results to be recorded by PC or Printer?
How are you loading the scale?
It may seem like a simple question but the way you load a pallet scale could impact the type of scale that you require or can use. For instance using a pallet truck to load pallets may not be feasible on Weigh Beams or a U Frame, also not many workers would want to push 1500kg up a ramp, this would also be a health and safety risk. Also some pallets have the added strengthening bar underneath the pallet and are not open, you will be unable to lower a pallet on to Weigh Beams or a U-Frameif the pallet has the strengthening straps.
The maximum load you will place on the scale?Given that your pallet truck or fork lift will have a rated load there isn't much point going above that maximum weight. By increasing the capacity you will lose accuracy and increment size, it's important to decide how accurate your new scale needs to be, if the scale is used for shipping purposes, accuracy to +/-1Kg will be perfect, if you're weighing raw materials or ingredients chances are you will need accuracies of +/-0.1Kg to +/-0.2Kg.
Accuracy LevelsAs a platform increases in physical size it is often common to see the maxium load increase in correlation, this can mean that bulky lightweight products will ned up being weighed at 0.5kg or 1kg intervals. Sometimes this is not acceptable in a process environment. The benefit of purchasing a MWS Ltd platform is the ability to choose lower capacity load cells at the manufacturing stage. It is perfectly feasible to have a 2000 x 2000mm floor scale with a weighing set up of 300kg x 50g. This is down to the high quality components fitted to each machine.
With some entry model scales the ability to capture data is not that simple. MWS have developed software that sits on a PC and can capture any data string sent to it and format it into a spreadsheet for use anywhere in the world. The software can be sent to a host PC on site or even at a different location if needed. The in house software programmer can tailor make packages to suit any application. Recently MWS developed a system that enabled a forklift truck driver to weigh pallets and record the data to a PC without leaving his cab, this saved a lot of time and consequently money.
MWS can also supply basic or complex printing systems for all sorts of applications. Printers are a popular addition to pallet scales to enable a sticky label with date/time and weight details to be applied to loads ready to be despatched.