How to Buy a Counting Scale

Counting scales are great tools for speeding up your productivity since they can accurately provide you with two measurements at one time — the weight and the quantity of the items. You can measure multiple parts at once, such as nuts, bolts, screws, coins, etc. and every single piece will be accounted for – even the smallest of parts. 

What’s more, counting scales can digitally collect all of your data so you will no longer need to manually track your numbers. Not only does this make your counting process more efficient, but it makes it much more accurate, too. 

If you are in the market for one, then you need to take a look at a couple of factors that will help you determine just how to buy a counting scale. 

Determine Your Average Piece Weight

Before you can find the right counting scale, you need to calculate your Average Piece Weight (APW). Yes, counting scales measure a batch of items, but they need to know the weight of each piece to determine the number of items in a collective weight reading. 

The APW is the number you want to confirm your counting scale will calculate – especially since these numbers can be small.  

Many counting scale manufacturers will list a Minimum APW  within the specs of the product. So, for instance, if your screws weigh .02 lbs each, then you will want to make sure the specs include at least this amount – and greater.  

 

The Capacity Level

Counting scales measure a batch of items all at once which is what makes them so useful. When looking for a scale that will work for your needs, you must make sure it can handle the bulk load of items – not just the individual piece we measured above. In other words, you aren’t just measuring the weight of one screw, but rather a batch of screws. The scale needs to be capable of handling both weights. 

Look for a counting scale that will allow you to use a batch that doesn’t surpass the maximum capacity supported. Keep in mind that overloading a scale can cause damage internally and may cost you in the long run. 

 

Adequate Pan Size

Different types of counting scales have different pan sizes. Bench style counting scales can offer you different pan sizes so you can find what will work best for you to gain an accurate measurement. However, please note that there is not much variety in the size of pans on most compact counting scales. 

When making your purchase, take into consideration the size of the batch of units you are measuring – and the container that is housing them. This will need to sit freely – and entirely – on the pan. 

 

Automatic Recording of Data

One of the perks of having a counting scale is that you will no longer need to manually record an accounting of your measurements. Instead, you will find the ease of automatic recording. If this is of interest to you, be sure that the scale you choose is one that is user-friendly and able to connect to a PC or other device for data recording. 

Pay attention to the details of the scale and what is required of the PC to make sure the two will work together. If you have any questions, you should ask before making your purchase.

 

Central Carolina Scale for Your Counting Scale Needs

Whether you are a manufacturing plant needing to count bolts, a vendor needing to count coins, or just looking to better control your inventory, you can improve your bottom line and make your counting more efficient with these easy-to-use scales. 

If you are ready to buy a counting scale, Central Carolina Scale has a variety of options to meet your needs. We offer the most accurate and precise selection of durable counting skills on the market. 

Contact Central Carolina Scale today at (919) 776-7737 to see how we can help you take your business to the next level.