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Smarter scales in the digital era

March 24, 2020

Digitally enhanced weighing optimizes efforts throughout the enterprise. 

Advancements in weighing technology using the Internet of Things have facilitated major changes across industries. Operations such as manually entering data and lifting loads into scales have become a thing of the past, especially in the logistics and warehouse industries, which are increasingly adopting new technologies to automate processes and improve quality at the same time.

Quality Scales Unlimited's Kevin Hill

Moving past analogue technology

With the evolution of weighing scales, industries are shifting from analog-signal transmission to digital-signal transmission. So, why do businesses prefer end-to-end digital data transfer?

  • Digital weighing equipment measures perfectly accurate values so that there is no risk of error.
  • During the manufacturing process, it enables is real-time status information.

Here are a few applications:

  • Digital scales are used in counting parts for inventory control in warehouses.
  • Digital corrosion scales are used to measure weight accurately when the environment consists of acids or other caustics.
  • Digital chart recorders chronicle weight and maintain the data over a period of time.

Advanced data collection and storage

Whether for monitoring health, sending goods and parcels, or selling items by weight, data collection is important at every step to be able to monitor and analyze changes that may have occurred in the process. Technologically advanced scales can be connected to the internet via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi , easing access to data while improving task automation, quality control, waste generation and overall efficiency.

Modern scales also allow sorting data conveniently into tables and spreadsheets, which enables easier data collation, preventive maintenance, trend monitoring, decision making, etc.

You can now find loaders equipped with technology to support intelligent assistance, enabling you to set an automatic weight that the industrial weighing scale then compares against the load, without having to manually lift the load. This prevents overloading by providing to the operator real-time information during the loading process. This information helps them make sure that the amount of material loaded is correct, every time. And as a result, it increases the productivity of the fleet multifold.

With the discovery of electronic or high-precision scales, varied industries are enjoying advantages that weren’t previously imagined. Precision weighing scales can measure even minute materials with shocking accuracy, which has resulted in more reliable, safe and quality-rich production. Moreover, with digital technology some industries record and transfer digital data directly from weighing scales.

For companies that rely on data (which means every company) using the latest technology and technologically advanced scales should be a priority. Analyze your requirements and identify how your enterprise can benefit from these innovations. 

Kevin Hill is the marketing head with Quality Scales Unlimited