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Save Time & Money During Inventory With Counting Scales

Taking inventory is often a long and costly process. Needless to say, making the process shorter will save money. People usually do not think of using a scale to make taking inventory faster. In fact, counting scales shortens the time required to take inventory of small items.

How Counting Scales Work

The way a counting scale works is a simple process. First of all, place the container or storage bin on the scale, and tare the scale. Secondly, give the scale a sample; this is typically between 5 and 20 units. The higher the sample size the more accurate the final count will be. Next, place the sample on the scale, and push the “sample button”. Finally, carefully add the items into the bin while it is on the scale.

"Taring" the scale in essence ignores the weight of the bin. This way it is only weighing the items in the bin. After all of the items are in the bin, the scale takes the total weight, and divides it by the weight of the original sample size which provides a total number of items in the bin.

Make Inventory Even Faster With An Inventory System

Manually recording the data and re-entering it into a spreadsheet or database is also time consuming. This part of the process is made faster with an inventory system. An inventory system comprises of four parts: 1) a counting scale, 2) a printer, 3) a barcode scanner, and 4) software to record and store the data.

Instead of manually entering a PLU into the scale, you can make the process faster by having a barcode which can be scanned for each item. The PLU has the weight of the item associated with it; therefore, the software will allow you to track the inventory, and reduce the data that must be entered.

Precision Scale has scales for rent, lease, and purchase. To learn what options are available, and how counting scales can save you time and money, contact us at sales@precisionscale.com, or give us a call at 1-800-831-5657.

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Do You Need A Legal For Trade Scale?

Do You Need A Legal For Trade Scale?

The first step in purchasing a scale is determining the type of scale you need. Without a doubt this is the first step regardless of the type of scale you are purchasing. The key determining factor in choosing you scale that is best for you is whether or not you will be using the scale now, or in the future, for purchasing, or selling product based on weight. All in all there are three types of scales: Legal For Trade, Not For Use In Trade, and Not For Trade Scales.

 Legal For Trade (LFT) Scales

Any time you are purchasing or selling products based on the weight of the scale

  • Frequency of certification varies based on industry
  • Ensure scale is approved for use in trade i.e. a Measurement Canada approved device
  • Check to see if indicator is included. If indicator has to be purchased separately, ensure it is also Measurement Canada approved

Before it is considered legal for Trade it has to be inspected as indicated in section 8(b) of the Weights and Measures Act. (If your Legal For Trade Scale requires an an initial inspection, please visit our industrial scale service page to book your service). 

Not For Use In Trade Scales

  •  A scale that has been approved by Measurement Canada; however, has not received the initial inspection for Legal For Trade
  • Both indicator and scale have to be inspected if the indicator was purchased separately
  • Though they both have to be inspected, you are only paying for one inspection because when they are joined they are considered one device
  • Indicators are sold separately depending on the features you want

Not Legal For Trade Scales

  •  The scale has not been approved to use in trade
  • If purchasing a scale online that will be used for legal for trade, be sure it explicitly indicates it is approved, or has the Measurement Canada logo
  • If neither are on the description of the scale, assume it is not legal for trade

Still have questions about what scale will be suit your needs? Contact one of our scale experts at sales@precisionscale.com, or call 1-800-831-5657 8:00 am to 4:30 pm MST.

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The Do's And Dont's Of Buying Industrial Scales

The Do's And Dont's Of Buying Industrial Scales

If you need to invest in industrial scales for your Canadian business, you need to know how to purchase the model that will best serve your needs. There is an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to buying a scale to serve industrial needs. Before you decide which product is right for your business, make sure you consider these “do’s” and “don’ts” during the purchasing process.

Do: Understand What Type You Need

Different needs call for different solutions. For example, a business that weighs pallets of dry goods is going to need a different type of scale than a business that weighs barrels of liquid. Industrial scales come in a variety of platform sizes, resolutions, and capabilities. However, regardless of what your specific needs may be, you always want to invest in a model that is rugged in its construction and can hold up to industrial-level wear and tear.

Don’t: Shop Based on Price Alone

When it comes to buying equipment for your business, you should never shop for anything based on price alone. Scales are no exception to this rule. The cheapest products are likely not going to provide you with the quality you need and the most expensive are not necessarily the best. Rather than shopping based on price, it is best to shop based on the quality and reputation of a product, the features that it offers, and the warranty offered by the manufacturer.

Do: Look For Products That Come with a Manufacturer’s Warranty

The best units will indeed come with a manufacturer warranty. If a manufacturer is not willing to back up its products with a warranty, it is not a product you should be confident in spending your budget on. Quality manufacturers stand behind their work and a warranty is always provided.

Don’t: Buy a Used Model and Expect It to Be Perfect

Even the best industrial scales need maintenance and repair. If you purchase a used model, don’t expect it to be perfect – especially if you have no idea how well it was cared for by its previous owner. While used models may cost quite a bit less than a new one, remember that you may be facing costly repairs in the near future. With a new model, the issue of repairs is not a concern as any problems that may arise would be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Do: Go With the Technology You Need

When it comes to choosing a model, you need one that has the technology your business needs. If you want a model that can connect to a computer and analyze results or one that will allow you to print out hard copies of information that you need to keep in your records, you are going to want to find a product with that technology integrated into it. On the other hand, if you don’t need such technology, look for a scale that doesn’t have it. You don’t want to pay for something you won’t be using.

Still have questions about what scale will be suit your needs? Contact one of our scale experts at sales@precisionscale.com, or call 1-800-831-5657 8:00 am to 4:30 pm MST.

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An Example Of How We Practice Our Core Values

An Example Of How We Practice Our Core Values

Recently Precision Scale decided to thank one of their long-time customers, P&J Apiaries Inc., for their repeat business by purchasing over 200 jars of honey. This honey will be used for gifts for Precision Scale clients.  P&J Apiaries Inc. is a family-owned business near Tawatinaw in Westlock County who have been producing honey responsibility since 1967. As part of their business operation, P&J Apiaries uses a bench scale, printer, and databank purchased from Precision Scale. This system is used for selling P&J Apiaries' products; including overseas.

Scale System Upgrade Part Of Modernization 

Purchasing the scale system was part of modernizing P&J Apiaries' operations. According to owner Todd Eastman, "[Last winter] was finally time to do the scale system." Todd is very pleased with the system, and is grateful "...that Tim found a system that allowed us to produce labels for overseas premium markets." Precision Scales' sales rep, Tim Dobson, made the recommendation after examining the previous system P&J Apiaries had purchased from Precision Scales.

The recommendation for the new system included a free consultation with the manufacturer. (To view a what a consultation looks like, check out our sample consultation video.) 

Core Value #5: Make A Difference

Purchasing the honey is in keeping with Precision Scales core value of “Make A Difference”. This is one of six values identified during an exercise held early 2021. According to owner Jerry Gunn, “I understood if we were to change the culture of Precision Scale it must start with our purpose and values.”. This realization stemmed from an article read by Jerry in the Harvard Business Review. Identifying Precision Scale's core values was an in-depth process that took about six weeks to complete. "The management team was very engaged", says Jerry.

Precision Scale believes having Core Values is more than having a document made to impress clients. The management and ownership look for ways to live those values.  Purchasing the honey from P&J Apiaries Inc. was one of the ways to do this. This is because to Precision Scale “Make A Difference” means to:

"Impact the communities where we live and work by giving back, making a difference in the lives of those who live there."

A case of honey was originally given to Tim by P&J Apiaries in appreciation of the service provided. The honey was shared with Precision Scales' management  and staff. After tasting the honey, the management team liked it so much they wanted to give it as gifts to their clients.

If you have a question about scales for commercial use, or systems like the one used by P&J Apiaries, we’d be happy to hear from you at sales@precisionscale.com, or give us a call during business hours at 1-800-831-5657.

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