Types of Weighing Scales & Their Function

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Scales used for weighing come in many forms and an equally large number of applications. Scales are available in different sizes, shapes, weight capabilities and specifications to suit different businesses, industries and personal uses. The right scale can make the difference in certain weighing functions.

Domestic Scales

Scales are used in the home for a number of purposes and are mainly found in bathrooms and kitchens. Bathroom scales are flat platform scales designed to weigh people. Kitchen scales are either flat platform scales or scales with containers on top designed to weigh food items and cooking items like flour and sugar. Counting scales may also see use in the home and are used to determine the count of a specific item when the weight of a single unit is known.

Commercial Scales

Examples of commercial scales include jewelry scales, counting scales, restaurant scales, bench scales, platform scales and floor scales. Jewelry scales are used to weigh precious metals, precious stones and semi-precious stones. Counting scales are used to measure quantity of items when the weight of a single unit is known, and these scales are often used to count money quickly and with precision. Platform scales, floor scales and bench scales are used for a variety of purposes depending on the company and industry.

Industrial Scales

Industrial scales fill a variety of purposes across myriad industries, such as agriculture, laboratory, truck scales, pallet scales, bench scales and platform scales. Truck scales are large-sized scales designed to weigh semi trucks and their contents. Bench scales, platform scales and laboratory scales are used in a variety of industries to measure weights as small as several grams to as large as several tons. Bench scales see use for portion control, parcel weighing, parts counting and a variety of other purposes, and can weigh between 150 grams and 600 pounds.

Precision Scales

Precisions scales see use in scientific and laboratory settings and are designed to weigh in increments of as small as 0.001 grams. These scales come in different forms, including platform scales, hanging scales, bench scales and portable or pocket scales. These precision scales see use in measuring chemicals and other elements for scientific purposes and pharmacology, foods and liquids for restaurants and kitchens, parcel weighing, and other counting and measuring purposes.

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