Understanding the Importance of Scale Calibration

In more complex terms, scale calibration involves the process of comparing a known standard, such as a calibration service’s certified weights, to the results given by the unit that is being tested (your company’s scales). Such a procedure ensures the accuracy of the unit being tested. When your business relies on accuracy of weights to run and operate smoothly and protect profits, calibration of your scales is not negotiable. It is an absolute must and will also ensure that your business is adhering to industry standards and Canadian laws and regulations if you use the weights and measurements to calculate truck loads.

Why Is Calibrating Your Business’s Scales So Important?

While you may not realize it, your business’s scales and the accuracy they produce have a direct impact on your company’s bottom line. If your scales are off, your profits can be off as well. For example, let’s say that your business deals in a very expensive powdered cleaning product. If the product cost is $10 per pound and on average you weigh 1,000 pounds of product per day, the total value of product weighed each day is $10,000.

Now, let’s say that your scale is out of balance by just 0.5 percent. That discrepancy will cost you approximately $50 per day, or $1,000 a month. Unless your company is in the position to literally throw away $1,000 a month ($12,000 a year), then it becomes very apparent why scale calibration is a necessity. In fact, keeping these numbers in mind, one can actually say that such a service is actually an insurance policy protecting your business’s bottom line, rather than just another routine business expense.

How to Choose a Calibration Service

When considering which service to use to calibrate your scales, it is important to remember that not all services are created equal.

First and foremost, if you need your scales to be calibrated at specific intervals to meet specific regulations, you want to ensure the service you choose is licensed and certified to meet your needs. Once you have ensured the service holds the proper licenses and certifications, you want to ensure the business you are considering has extensive experience and a long history of solid customer service. A business that started only a year ago may not be there to serve you a year from now. On the other hand, a business that has been in operation for more than 20 years is likely to be there for your company for the long haul.

Another thing to consider is the way the company trains its technicians. Any company you choose should take technician training very seriously, as any margin of error on the part of the service’s employees can cost your business thousands. When deciding which service to use, ask them about technician training and how they ensure the qualifications of the technicians they send to your company.
You also want to make sure the business doesn’t just use any weight kits. Make sure the weights they use are certified weights. You need professional weights to calibrate your scales, otherwise accuracy may be off which will, again, cost your company money.

By keeping the above in mind, you can choose the best scale calibration service for your company and ensure that your scales are not becoming a money pit where profits are becoming lost each and every time you weigh your product.