What Does 5000 x 1 Mean? Scale Capacity x Readability

We’re going to discuss something that many folks wonder about the first couple of times they are tasked with buying scales.

What Does it Mean when you see 5000 x 1 on a Scale?

If you’ve done any research at all online for scales, you’ve probably seen something written like 5000 x 1, or perhaps you’ve requested a quote and seen that number written. Either way, you may be wondering what these mean. 5000 x 1 lb, or it could be 60 x 0.02lb or it may have been 3000 g by 0.01g. 120,000 x 20 lb, 500 x 0.1 lb etc….

600 x 0.1 LB



But what exactly does that mean? It’s actually pretty simple.

In the case of 5000 x 1 lb, this means that the total weighing capacity of the scale is 5000 pounds and the scale increases or decreases in weight by 1 lb increments from zero all the way to 5000 lb.

Some people refer to the 1 lb in this example as the readability or the graduation size. In the 60 x 0.02 lb example, it would be as follows, 60 lb is the capacity and 0.02 lb is the graduation size that the scale increases or decreases by from zero all the way to 60 lb. Continue reading

Heat Resistant Crane Scales

Why do I need a heat resistant crane scale? 

Operations regularly exposed to extreme temperatures need equipment designed to withstand those extremes, including overhead weighing systems. Crane scales used in foundries or rubber processing facilities must be heat resistant to ensure proper operation and capture accurate weights.

heat resistant crane scale

What is a heat resistant crane scale?

Heat-resistant crane scales are constructed with heavy-duty enclosures to protect sensitive electronics. When preparing to purchase a heat-resistant crane scale, it’s important to consider the most extreme temperatures of your operation to ensure you select a scale designed to withstand those temperatures. Continue reading

Weighing Solutions for New SOLAS Requirements

Starting July 1, 2016 the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Treaty will require all ISO containers to have a verifiable gross mass entered into the ship’s manifest prior to loading. This international treaty amendment comes in the wake of several at-sea disasters resulting from overweight and improperly balanced containers; impacting the loading of all containers at all ports world-wide, container shippers are ultimately responsible for verifying and providing the gross mass number.

We have a wide variety of scale equipment from Rice Lake Weighing Systems to help you with compliance, offering several turnkey solutions that are straightforward and worry-free. The industry preferred and recommended method for verifying ISO containers mass is to weigh the entire container, once sealed, to provide a total verified mass, with the added benefit of relevant center of gravity and container balance data. Rice Lake offers several products that make this possible, including:

  • Twist lock sensors for crane spreaders and mobile equipment attachments
  • Load pin and load sensor solutions integrated into overhead cranes
  • Below-the-hook crane scale and tension link solutions
  • Forklift scales
  • Truck scales and rail scales
  • And much more

These products can integrate into existing port handling equipment and management systems, providing minimum interruption to operations and seamless merging of data.

Starting July 1, 2016, unverified containers cannot be legally loaded. Failure to comply will result in fines and penalties throughout the logistics chain as well as costly delays and interruptions. Don’t let this happen to you – contact us today to discuss options to ensure compliance with this new treaty amendment.

Why Buy MSI Crane Scales?

Measurement Systems International (MSI) is Rice Lake Weighing Systems premier brand of durable, safe and U.S.A. made high quality overhead weighing products. By manufacturing the best integrated system solutions for overhead weighing applications using the finest resources, MSI’s design engineered flexibility allows for a wide range of solutions for virtually any environment.

MSI products are made tough—delivering in-process weighing technology with products available for use in high-temperature, high-torque conditions.

Overhead weighing applications, remote locations and high-temperature environments require utmost attention to crane safety standards. MSI heat resistant crane scale product experts incorporate these standards into application solutions, assuring requirements are exceeded in hazardous overhead weighing environments.

Since 1977, MSI has pioneered the weighing industry with a comprehensive line of niche technologies including combining strain gauge and microprocessor technologies into self-contained portable weighing equipment. Above all else, MSI products are committed to innovation and meticulous care in design, offering superior solutions to even the most demanding applications.

Rice Lake’s MSI line of quality industrial electronic scales, tension dynamometers, load monitoring instrumentation, RF wireless data acquisition and signal processing systems are sold throughout the world in virtually every industry; including aerospace, agriculture, aluminum, forestry, marine, medical, mining, nuclear, petrochemical, transportation, utility, iron and steel.

Best of all, you can get your information and competitive price quotes from the sales team at Central Carolina Scale. Just call the number listed on the site or complete the Request a Quote form on the website.

MSI Crane Scales

MSI’s Challenger and Port-A-Weigh crane scales have been a staple of the MSI line for decades, popular in industries ranging from petro-chemical and aerospace to agriculture, marine, metals and more. Recently MSI announced that they’ve enhanced functionality of both models to allow use with the new MSI-8000 RF Remote Display.

Adding MSI-8000 RF Remote Display compatibility is a major advantage for these field proven products. The MSI-8000 offers users the added advantage of seeing and controlling weight data wirelessly from a safe distance. The MSI-8000 has been industry tested for reliable use at distances up to 100 feet, and uses a rechargeable battery for a minimum 24 hours of continuous use.

In addition to remote-capability enhancement, the MSI-4260 electronics were completely refreshed from the ground up to include MSI’s exclusive ScaleCore™ technology, their most advanced weight-processor package, that offers improved speed and performance. MSI-4260 now also includes a more durable marine-strength bulkhead casting, and an upgraded display package for better visibility in low-light settings. An upgrade package is available to customers with original MSI-4260 and MSI-3460 equipment.

Fans of MSI’s Dyna-Link 2 Series Tension Dynamometers enthusiastically welcome the MSI-8000, a full-featured remote control and display for operating the dynamometer at safe and convenient distances. In uses like rigging a mobile construction crane, the Dyna-Link would likely be out of view or inaccessible. But the MSI-8000 allows users to see that weight data and control the scale wirelessly, where they haven’t been able to in the past.

Through MSI-8000’s ergonomic keypad and bold 5-digit LCD display, users have complete control over dynamometer function, programmability and operation. A rechargeable battery allows up to 24 hours of continuous, proven RF communication at distances up to 100 feet. The MSI-8000 currently syncs wirelessly with the latest generation of Dyna-Link 2, the MSI-7300, with future connectivity plans for other MSI crane scale products, including the MSI-3460 and MSI-4260 models. Users in the petro-chemical, energy, marine, aerospace, and test and measurement industries will appreciate MSI-8000’s heavy-duty, IP65 shock-resistant housing, as well as a standard RS-232 port that allows for advanced traceability and reporting.

Medical Scales

I took a tour recently of a local pediatrician office. Unlike the other people on the tour, I was actually sneaking a peek at what scales the doctor’s office had.  I was able to see a digital Detecto Medical scale along with a couple of digital baby scales. There was also a separate stand alone height rod in the weighing station for the kids.  All the weighing equipment seemed to be in good condition and it appeared that the scales had calibration stickers on them stating that the scales had been checked for accuracy on a consistent basis. Continue reading

Price versus quality

I had to write this entry based on the last couple of weeks.  We here at CCS always try to stay on top of the newest trends…especially when it comes to scales.  So I had a new lower priced import scale shipped in here so we could evaluate it.

Every distributor in all kinds of industries attempt to come up with lower priced Continue reading

I want an affordable hanging scale…

If you’re looking for an affordable, easy to use, well built mechanical hanging scale, then we think you’ll like this one. The Kilotech KHS C3 series is a high quality industrial hanging scale. Its sturdy, cast aluminium scratch resistant body and shatter resistant face cover makes it ideal for tough jobs of all kinds.

The heavy duty welded steel mounting shackle ring and pointed large “J” hook make this scale ideal for butchers and hunters. The single sided 7.5″ dual kg and lb dial is easy to read. It’s available in three different capacities.

Nice heavy duty crane scale now available

Chatillon DWT Digital Crane Scales — rugged, battery powered crane scales offer the latest in easy-to-use digital technology. DWT Series are highly accurate and display results in a large 1-inch LCD format for quick observation. Pushbutton controls on the scale front panel and optional handheld remote control simplifies operation, letting the user turn power on/off or reset the scale zero.

A patented electronic design creates exceptionally low power consumption allowing for up to one year of continuous use without having to change batteries (varies depending on use). An automatic shutoff feature further extends battery life by monitoring surrounding light conditions and turning the scale off if the ambient light prevents reading the display. Scale features automatic zero tracking to ensure proper weighing results during temperature changes or dust accumulation on the load receiving element. Scales are furnished with a fixed lifting eye and bottom safety swivel hook.

Intercomp TL6000 Tension Link…

Intercomp TL6000 Tension Link Scales have capacities from 500 lb/250 kg – 10,000 lb / 5000kg Monitor, control and test overhead and tension loads. NEMA 4X / IP 65 aluminum, carbon, or stainless steel enclosure. Large 1.2 inch/30 mm LCD with membrane switches. Operates from two 9-volt alkaline batteries for up to 800 hours. Wireless remote control is optional. Also Available in Higher Capacities Intercomp TL6000 Tension Link 25,000 lb/12,500kg – 500,000 lb/250,000 kg