Balances refer to a particular category of weighing instruments based on comparative mass. These devices range in design options and functionality — from analytical balances for scientific research to precision balances for industrial and distribution applications. Measuring pans on balances vary in size to accommodate a comprehensive range of materials, including pills in the pharmaceutical industry, chemicals in processing laboratories, building materials at construction sites and other essentials.
Although people often interchange the terms scale and balance, there are significant differences. The critical difference is that a scale measures weight often in pounds or kilograms, while a balance measures in grams or milligrams for a more precise measurement.