Frequently Asked Questions about the CAS S2000 Jr Commercial Scale

This time of the year it’s always good to start talking about price computing scales. If you currently own a set of scales, then you need to get them out and make sure they are weighing correctly and displaying correctly on both sides. You also need to make sure the battery is working if you have a built in rechargeable battery. 

The CAS S2000 Junior retail price computing scale is popular with customers who want a reliable scale that they can use at the market when selling their fruits, vegetables, candy and more. Sure there are less expensive scales out there, but often those scales are constantly needing parts while the s2000 jr keeps on working.

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been offering this scale to our customers since 2006!  In that time, we’ve accumulated more than a few questions from our customers, either before the sale or after the sale.

So, below are the top frequently asked questions about the CAS S2000 Jr scale. Hopefully, if you’re in the market for this scale, your question will get answered below. If you still have questions be sure to contact our sales department.

cas s2000 jr price computing scale

Q: CAS S2000 Junior operation instructions?
A: Basically, the way the scale works is as follows. Place your items on the scale. Items could be strawberries, bananas, pumpkins, fudge, frozen yogurt, nails, screws, bolts etc… whatever you need to charge the customer by the pound, kilogram or ounce. Then enter your price per pound that you want to charge the customer. Once you do that, the scale will display the total charge on both the front side (operator view) and back side of the scale (customer view).

Q: Does the S2K JR scale have a change calculating function?
A: No, it does not. You might want to see the Rice Lake RS-130.

Q: If the scale includes a certificate of conformance number (CoC#) do I still have to get these scales tested and calibrated for commercial use by the state?
A: Best answer is, contact your individual state weights and measures department. Each state has their own rules regarding certified scales. Generally, you will want to purchase a NTEP approved scale with a CoC# (which the S2000 Jr has).

Q: Can you tell me if the increments are by 0.01 or 0.02 or something else?
A: The s2000 jr is available from Central Carolina Scale in three different capacities. 15 lb, 30 lb and 60 lb. Each of those is what we call “dual range”. Dual range means that the scales display a certain increment until they reach half capacity, then they display a different increment from half way to full capacity. For example, on the 60 lb capacity model… the scale will display increments of 0.01 pound on weights that range from 0 to 30 pounds. Then from 30.02 up to 60 pounds, the scale will display in increments of 0.02 lb.

Q: Does this scale weigh in Ounces?
A: Yes it does. Great for frozen yogurt shoppes.

Q: How long can the unit operate on a single charge of the battery?
A: Manufacturer says around 200 hours with no backlight and auto off functionality.

Q: What capacities are available and which should I choose?
A: 15, 30 or 60 pounds are the capacity choices. With the dual range capability, this scale is kind of like having two scales for the price of one. Most customers selling berries or smaller fruits and vegetables would choose a 30 lb or 60 lb capacity. Candy or yogurt stores might choose the 15 lb capacity.

Q: What is the battery life between charges?
A: According to CAS, Approx. 200 Hours LCD (no backlight) with a 12 hour charging time.

Q: I have your quote for the CAS s2000 JR. It costs more than the ____, why should I buy the S2000 Jr instead of the cheaper scale?
A: The s2000 JR is a reliable scale that is popular with customers. We have sold just about every retail scale out there and the s2000 jr is, in our opinion, the best overall value in price computing scales that we currently offer. Who knows, that might change sometime down the road, but as of now, this is the best scale for this type of application.  The cheaper scales, in our experience, tend to have components that fail more often. So with those scales, you tend to be replacing AC adapters and keypads more frequently. 

Q: Hi, I own a frozen yogurt shop. Will this scale read in 0.1 ounce?
A: Yes, the 15 lb capacity scale and the 30 lb capacity scale would be the best choices for you to consider.

Q: If I was interested in adding a label printer, would this scale allow me to put a custom logo or company name on the label?
A: Sorry, but the CAS S2000 JR has limited capability in this area. Logos and customization would be something you might see with CAS advanced label printing scales like the LP1000 and CL5000.

Q: Do you offer a replacement battery for the CAS S2000 JR scale?
A: Yes please call our sales department.

Q: Is this NSF certified in the US for deli usage?
A: No, this is not NSF certified. However, the scale is NTEP legal for trade.

Q: Does this scale have a rear display for the customer to see?
A: Yes this scale has rear display for weight and price info.

Q: What type of battery does the s2000 JR take? What is the replacement cost for the battery?
A: Takes a Rechargeable Battery, normally in stock. Call our sales department for price and availability.

Q: What is the platter size?
A: 12 (W) x 8.75 (D) inches.

Q: Where is the CAS S-2000 Junior scale made?
A: To the best of our knowledge, this scale is made in either China or South Korea.

Q: Do you have a better Owners Manual / User Guide?
A: Unfortunately, no. Several customers have complained over the years about the manual.

Q: How many Price look ups does the scale have?
A: 3 Direct PLU’s and 197 Indirect PLU’s

Q: Does the S2000 JR scale arrive calibrated?
A: The scales are calibrated at the factory or by us before you receive yours. So in most instances the scale should be accurate when you receive it. Note, every now and then, a delivery company will decide to treat the box like a football and that could lead to the scale being out of tolerance when you receive it.

Q: Is this scale legal for trade?
A: Yes the S2000 JR model is NTEP approved and legal for trade

Q: Why should I buy this scale from you when I can get it from other websites online?
A: We are an authorized CAS dealer and have a direct relationship with them in New Jersey. We also typically stock the scale. That means fast delivery and accurate calibration, so when you order your scale from Central Carolina Scale, you know that you will receive it quickly and it will be accurate.

Q: What are dimensions of the scale?
A: 13 x 13.6 x 4.2 inches

Q: Does the scale have dual display?
A: Yes, it has displays on the front and back showing the weight, price and total cost.

Q: Does the S2000 Junior have a battery included?
A: Yes

Q: Can this scale add up multiple transactions for a total for the customer?
A: For that, you might want to take a look at the Ohaus Aviator 7000, or many customers just have a calculator beside the scale.

Q: Can I attach a pole display to the CAS s2kjr model?
A: No, in order to have a pole display, you would need to order the pole display version of the scale.

We hope that this page has helped you out regarding the CAS S 2000 Junior retail scale. If you’re looking for a reliable price computing scale, this would be a great choice. The fact that the scale has three different capacity choices, each with “dual range” capability, make this a great choice that is both versatile and accurate. If you have questions or would like to place an order, call us (919) 776-7737.

Are You Paying For Your Frozen Yogurt Cup too?

Believe it or not, spring and summer will be here before you know it and we’ll all be looking to cool down at a frozen yogurt shop.Today, many of these frozen yogurt shoppes allow the consumer to dispense as much frozen yogurt the customer wants. The yogurt is priced at around fifty cents per ounce. So if you want different flavors or a cup that is filled sky high you are able to do that. However, the real question is are you paying for just the yogurt and toppings that you consume or are you also paying for the cup that the yogurt is placed in?

Many yogurt shops determine price based on the weight of the yogurt and toppings, but they are required to subtract the weight of the cup or package first (which is called the tare weight). According to Jerry Butler, NCDA & CS Weight and Measures program manager, not every shop is aware of that. Butler heads a team of 24 inspectors whose job is to inspect scales in the state, and he guesses that they’ve inspected around a hundred or so yogurt shops so far. Of those, he estimates about 75 percent have not been using their scales properly. “Say you’re a family of four,” Butler says, “you could be paying up to a dollar extra just for the weight of the cups. So it’s important that the shops know how to use their scales.”

Now that the NCDA & CS inspectors have discovered that yogurt shops use scales, they’re keeping an eye out for them as they drive to other jobs. If they see a frozen yogurt shop while they’re out, they’ll step inside to inspect it. Most shops that have been violating are quick to correct their mistakes, which were usually made in ignorance, Butler says. A second offense would result in a notice of violation, and a third offender must pay a penalty of up to $5,000. So what can frozen yogurt eaters do to make sure they’re getting the most yogurt for their buck? “The bottom line is: the consumer needs to look and ask,” Butler says. “Make sure that the yogurt shop employee uses the tare. And if they’re not, the consumer needs to call me.”

Fortunately we have electronic scales available that make this process fairly easy to accommodate. Contact the sales staff today (919) 776-7737 and they will be happy to provide you prices for the scales that will work best to accommodate weighing frozen yogurt by the ounce and using the tare feature to subtract out the weight of the cup.

scale for weighing frozen yogurt by the ounce

We have standard legal for trade counter top scales. We have point of sale scales that can connect to your cash register. Finally, we have price computing scales that can display the weight and price on both the front of the scale and the back of the scale.

Detecto D Series Price Computing Scales Now Have Serial Port & Label Printer Available

One of the questions we are asked quite often is “can I print labels with my basic price computing scale”? The answer used to be no.  Then, the answer was no, or well, yes…. but it will be very expensive and difficult. Then, we started getting a few different entry level retail scales that would allow the printing feature. Fast forward to today and we have a new battery powered produce scale that offers this printing feature that will allow you to print basic price per pound labels.

DETECTO’s D Series Price Computing Scales Now Come Standard with RS232 Serial — Connect with DETECTO’s P225 Direct Thermal Label Printer for a complete system.

DETECTO D15, D30, and D60 price computing scales now come standard with a RS232 serial port for no additional cost. This allows you to connect the competitively-priced D series scales with the DETECTO model P225 direct thermal label printer for basic retail label printing.

DETECTO NTEP legal-for-trade D series scales offer 99 PLUs (14 direct quick keys and 85 indirect PLUs), rechargeable battery and AC adapter included, preset price buttons with preset TARE feature, and both operator and customer displays (Weight, Unit Price, and Total Price on the front and rear backlit LCDs).

Below are the model and part numbers needed to purchase a complete Retail POS Weighing and Printing Package from DETECTO.

(1) D Series Price Computing Scale
(1) P225 Direct Thermal Label Printer (sold separately)
(1) 7100-0025  Serial Cable (optional – connects scale to printer)
(1) 7100-0026  Thermal Label Rolls (optional – also available by the case)

detecto d series price computing scale with label printer

We understand that you have alternatives when it comes to purchasing legal for trade scales can can compute price per pound. One of the under appreciated factors to consider in this competitive market is the actual scale manufacturer. Cardinal Detecto Scale Manufacturing has a reputation throughout the scale industry for their high quality weighing equipment.

Over the years we’ve seen how important it is to offer products from reputable scale manufacturers who actually support the products. The D Series scales have an easy to read weight display and easy to use Price Look Up (PLU) buttons right on the front of the scale. The scale has several different capacity choices as well.

The scale offers a dual power source of rechargeable battery pack and 110/120VAC 50/60 Hz adapter (included) for reliable use at the farmer’s market. Auto Shut-off, Sleep, and Backlight Off modes extend the retail scale’s battery life which is especially helpful when you’re on the go and don’t have access to an 110 VAC receptacle.

The NTEP legal-for-trade scale’s Pre-Pack key saves time by retaining the Unit Price and Tare for repetitive price computing, making the operator’s job even faster. The scale features adjustable, nonskid feet and bubble level which is great when you’re using this out at the market and you’re trying to set it up on a wooden table that isn’t level.

Contact our sales department today for more information or to get one of these systems. We can get you one of these label printing scales very quickly from Detecto Scale in Webb City, Missouri.

Legal For Trade Price Computing Scales State Testing Info You Can Use

legal for trade price computing scaleEvery year dozens and dozens of our customers either purchase new retail scales or they have their current legal for trade scale calibrated or certified. These are typically scales they can use at places like the farmers market to sell their fruits and vegetables by the pound. Basically any device used where items are bought or sold by weight is typically required by most state’s laws to be inspected and certified. This would include a counter top scale at a farmer’s market (or mechanical hanging scale) that is used to weigh produce that customers want to buy. Of course, inspecting a retail scale is an advantage to both the farmer and the customer.

I’ve mentioned this in the past but if you are buying or selling your items based on weight, you want to make sure that you purchase a scale that has NTEP approval. The certificate of conformance or CoC# should be on the side of the scale. The article below is also a good resource.

Keep in mind that no device is perfect and must be adjusted periodically. It is also recommended that you do not buy cheap quality scales that will likely not last. There are regional inspectors located across the state that will coordinate with the marketer to complete the certification. The inspectors have a set of standard weights calibrated annually for correctness. They will use these weights to test the marketer’s scales. Once you scale has been inspected you need to recertify every two years.  If the scale is out of tolerance (deemed inaccurate) a scale repair service must fix the scale or a new unit must be purchased. Click here to read entire article. Continue reading

CL5000 Label Printing Scale Gets Ethernet Card Upgrade

CL5000 label printing scale

CAS CL5000 Label     Printing Scale

CAS Corporation just announced effective immediately, both the CAS Wireless (PCL1) & Wired (PCL2) Ethernet Cards for the CL5000 label printing scale are being replaced by new and improved cards.

New CL5000 Wireless Ethernet Card
TCP/IP 802.11b/g (54Mbps)
CAS Part #: PCLF

The new style Wireless Ethernet Kit is designed as an improvement to the original style with increased capabilities. Protect your data with WEP64, WEP128, WPA, or WPA2 encryption. The design of the new style kit is different than the original card type. The installation of this kit requires disassembly of the CL5000 to allow proper installation.

New CL5000 Wired Ethernet Card
TCP/IP 100 Base T (10/100Mbps)
CAS Part #: PCLD

The new style Wired Ethernet Kit is designed as an improvement to the original style with increased capabilities. The design of the new style kit is different than the original card type. The installation of this kit requires disassembly of the CL5000 to allow proper installation.

Although it is not impossible to add these kits in the field, it is recommended that if either of these kits are to be used, the CL5000 should be ordered from CAS with the Wireless Ethernet Kit (#PCLF) or Wired Ethernet Kit (#PCLD) installed. The new kits require an upgrade to the firmware of the CL5000.

The CL5000 Label Printing Scale has the functions you need at an affordable price. Includes CL-Works software package. Use in supermarkets, specialty stores, deli’s and more.

Cool Off With Frozen Yogurt By The Ounce

A good way to cool off from the extreme summer heat is to visit the neighborhood frozen yogurt shop for a cupful of ice cold frozen low fat yogurt. Regardless of whether your frozen yogurt options are simple like chocolate or vanilla, or perhaps some type of a mixture of flavors or toppings, frozen yogurt is an excellent method to cool down and relax for a couple moments on a sizzling day.
However, for frozen yogurt shop proprietors there are a few differences when talking about charging shoppers for the frozen yogurt. Should you charge potential customers a set fee depending on the size frozen yogurt they purchase? If that’s the case, how can you figure out what a “small” yogurt consists of? Exactly how much yogurt is within a “large” cup? You may be gifting away product employing this procedure. Or, you could potentially charge for your frozen yogurt by utilizing a legal for trade frozen yogurt scale that weighs in ounces.
Typically the reasonable way and most successful strategy is to weigh the frozen yogurt cup and charge customers by the ounce for his or her frozen yogurt purchase. The consumer then pays you a certain amount of money per ounce.

scale for weighing frozen yogurt by the ounce

This is really fairly simple to accomplish. First, research your options and ascertain what price per ounce you intend to charge your clients in order to make a profit. Next, you will want to buy at minimum two price computing scales which display weight in oz . for each frozen yogurt shop because the weight from the items is important to your operation. If one scale were to fail for whatever reason, you would have another on hand. And with the two scales available, you can now charge customers for his or her frozen yogurt and get paid dollars per ounce. You merely fill up the cup with frozen yogurt, put it on the scale and acquire your price per ounce.

So if a customer or an employee, depending on your store arrangement, adds more or less yogurt to a “medium” size cup, the consumer is purchasing what they received and the store is being paid on what they sold.

CAS LPII and PD-1 Scales Being Discontinued

Time to upgrade to the CL5000 Label Printing Scale and PD-2 POS Interface Scale.  Effective immediately, CAS Corporation is discontinuing the production of the CAS LPII Label Printing Scale and PD-1 POS Interface Scale. Limited stock is available for both LP-2G and LP-2W models. Have you tried the CL5000 Label Printing Scale or PD-2 POS Interface Scale?  Contact your Central Carolina Scale sales rep or visit the CL5000 and PD-2 web pages for product information.

The CL5000 Label Printing Scale has the functions you need at an affordable price. Includes CL-Works software package. Use in supermarkets, specialty stores, deli’s and more. The CAS PD-II Electronic Cash Register Scale comes complete with an RS-232C Interface, and bright VFD Display. The PD-II scale is ideal for retail establishments Continue reading

What does Class III refer to when discussing NTEP requirements?

Handbook 44 from NIST spells out rules and regulations for the weighing industry and separates weighing devices into five accuracy classes. Depending on the number and value of scale divisions, equipment can be either class I, II, III, IIIL, or IIII, with Class I having the highest precision. All Legal-for-Trade scales fall under one of these five classes.

Table 7a of Handbook 44 breaks down the description of each class. Class III states: “All commercial weighing not otherwise specified, grain test scales, retail precious metals and semi-precious gem weighing, animal scales, postal scales, vehicle on-board weighing systems with a capacity less than or equal to 30,000 lb, and scales used to determine laundry charges.”

What it’s saying basically is anything that doesn’t fall elsewhere would go here, providing the device meets the criteria for the quantity and size of divisions. Class III covers many different types of scales. It’s a bit of a catch-all. Produce scales would be one type of Class III application. While some jewelry scales are Class III if the Continue reading

Buy Label Printing Scale and Get $50 Gift Card

Starting 7/15/2010, CAS Scale will begin offering to customers of Central Carolina Scale $50 (Visa/Mastercard Gift Card) for every CL5000 and/or LP1000’s that they purchase till 8/15/2010. For each qualifying product purchased, $50 will be added to the gift card. That can be a lot of savings!

The CL5000 Label Printing Scale has the functions you need at an affordable price. Includes CL-Works software package. Use in supermarkets, specialty stores, deli’s and more. 60 lb Capacity with 3,000 PLU’s & 1,000 Ingredients. CL-Works Software Package Included. Features PLU Editor – Label Editor – Keypad Editor. Compatible with Microsoft Windows® 2000 / XP / Vista.

The CAS LP-1000 Thermal Label Printing Scale was designed specifically for the food service environment where you need to pre-pack and price items. The CAS LP 1000 is perfect for your deli or grocery. With 54 preset Pricing keys and the flexibility to pre-program your items, prices, and ingredients into the scale, thus reducing errors and giving the consumer the information they require. Optional pole display (model LP-1000NP) is also available.

This promotion will run for a limited time only. For instructions on how to claim gift cards, see below. Please note: All gift card requests from end-users must be postmarked within 20 days of the invoice date.  Qualifying Products must be purchased between 7/15/2010 – 8/15/2010 to be eligible for this promotion. Qualifying products are: CL5000B – CL5000R – LP1000N – LP1000NP.

Farmer’s Market season means time to upgrade to a new scale

Every single year we write about price computing scales at this time of year, so I guess we’ll do it again this year.  For most produce stands or farmer’s markets throughout the United States you need a NTEP Legal for Trade scale  to weigh your items on that you are going to sell your customer(s).  Most people opt for a Continue reading