A few quick tips to help you find the right crane scale for your business

Crane scales are a type of overhead hanging scale that are ideal for measuring bulky, oversized loads that can’t be easily weighed using platform scales. They’re typically used for things like measuring freight before it’s transported on planes, trains and ships and determining whether a load is too heavy to be lifted by a crane or other piece of equipment. At Accurate/Western Scale, we offer a variety of quality crane scales that range in terms of applications and capacities. Here are some factors you’ll need to consider to figure out which one is right for your business.

1. Average load size

Perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing a crane scale for your business is the average size of the load you’ll be weighing. Some of our scales can handle loads that that weigh upwards of 100,000 kilograms while others are designed to give very precise measurements of small loads of 10 to 50 kilograms. Keep in mind that the expected maximum weight shouldn’t exceed two thirds of the maximum permissible rated load of the scale—otherwise, you’re putting the equipment and everyone nearby in danger.

2. Application
The type of crane scale you choose will depend on what you’ll be using it for. You’ll need a much more durable and heavy-duty hanging scale for lifting large loads on a construction site or shipping dock than for weighing smaller loads in a store or stockroom. You should consider whether you’ll need to be able to attach the scale to other equipment, read the display screen from long distances or operate the scale with a remote control.

3. Scale graduation
When selecting a scale, pay attention to the graduation, the size of the increments that the scale uses. Scales that use smaller increments are able to give more precise weights. Consider how precise you need your measurements to be. For instance, do you want the scale to round to the nearest kilogram or the nearest gram?

4. Work environment
Finally, you should think about the type of environment in which you’ll be using the crane scale for your business—whether it’s a construction site, warehouse, factory, loading dock or retail stockroom. Some of our scales work best at certain temperatures and in dry environments with less humidity while others are suitable for all weather conditions and are resistant to dust and water pressure.

Whether you’re looking for a crane scale for weighing shipping containers, machine parts or bulk goods, Accurate/Western Scale can help you find the equipment you need. We offer a wide range of industrial and professional scales for rental or purchase to businesses in Calgary, Red Deer, Swift Current and Lethbridge. To request a free quote, contact us today.

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