Platform Scales vs Bench Scales

by Garber Metrology

Bench scale vs platform scaleSometimes one type of product can be an extension of another, in spite of the fact that the name doesn’t indicate this.  That’s kind of the case with bench scales.  Garber Metrology has sold and serviced bench scales for over 35 years and, as the purpose of this blog is to help you make the most educated decisions you can with regard to your needs, we are going to take a look at platform scales vs bench scales.  As you will see, both can really be taken at face value.

any sizes, and its uses are quite diverse from weighing needs in the pharmaceutical industry to manufacturing and distribution to chemicals and even the processing of food.  For instance, Garber handles scales as small as a 2lb bench scale for use in inventory counting systems to mammoth platform scales to weigh heavier objects like freight containers and even the large trucks that transport them.

It is important to always remember that any object on a platform scale must be placed as close to the center of the platform as possible to get the most accurate weight measurement.  Obviously, for larger objects it’s important that the object is centered on the platform.  Once this is done, the weight is determined and sent to a digital indicator/digital meter that can be close to the platform itself or connected remotely from another location.

Now, what about those bench scales.  What’s the difference?  Bench scales are considered a form of platform scales, but they have more limitations.  Typically, a bench scale is good for weighing items that are up to 150 pounds.  This is pretty much the standard, although there are industrial bench scales good for weighing up to 500 pounds.  And they’re called bench scales because they’re often small enough to be placed on a bench or on a work station rather than placing them on the floor.  As with the larger platform scales, the more centered the object is, the more accurate the final reading will be.  Speaking of accuracy, whether you’re using a bench scale or platform scale, it is imperative that you make sure the scale itself is as level as possible.  If your scale is not level, your results will likely be inaccurate.

If you have questions about these or any other kinds of scales, including maintenance issues, Garber has a long-standing experienced staff to get you answers.  Give us a call today!

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