How to Pick the Right Crane Scale for your Business in Calgary

At Accurate/Western Scale, we offer a wide range of industrial and professional scale systems large enough to weigh trucks and livestock. As a mechanical or electronic device, industrial weighing scales are found everywhere in households, stores, and warehouses.


When it comes to ‘big’, hanging scales and crane scales are used. Crane scales are a type of overhead hanging scale. They are often used for much tougher and bigger applications and can often be found in warehouses, metal handling centers, foundries, aviation, shipping docks, and batching facilities.


Crane scales have two functions:

  • Measurement: To give you the weight of an item
  • Safety: To ensure operators do not overload the crane or hoist

Hanging scales typically are lower in capacity and price, whist the crane scales have capacities up to 10 tonne and are more expensive.


To weigh a load, simply attach it to the digital hanging or crane scales and lift it off the ground. The scales are shipped with the necessary lifting tackle and a hook. The safety latch prevents loads from slipping off the hook.


Precautions to take when using Crane or Hanging Scales

Crane scales must only be used to weigh suspended loads and their weighing range should be chosen so that the expected maximum weight does not exceed two thirds of the maximum permissible rated load of the crane scales. Crane scales are normally over-dimensioned (150 percent of rated load), as unexpected dynamic loads (e.g. when the crane load is moved) could otherwise result in an overload on the load cells. Overloading of the scales can pose a serious risk to the safety of the equipment and staff working in the area.


As crane scales are integrated into lifting equipment, for safety we recommend having them examined for excessive wear and damage at regular intervals (i.e. every 3 months).


Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. is Measurement Canada Accredited, which enables us to be authorized scale inspectors, as well as able to perform inspections and certify specified legal for trade devices on behalf of Measurement Canada under the Weights & Measures Act.


Contact Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. for High Quality Crane Scales in Calgary

As one of the industry’s leaders, Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. is committed to supplying our customers with products and/or services of consistently high quality to meet their needs for scales in Calgary and ensure that all products and services are in compliance with all applicable codes, standards, and regulatory requirements. To learn more about hanging scales and crane scales, our company, the quality of service we provide, or to get a quote, contact us at 403-250-3232 today.

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