Types of Weighing Scales that can be used by shipping and e-commerce warehouse managers

Kevin Hill, Content Editor and Online Marketing Manager at Quality Scales Unlimited, United States

Shipping and e-commerce warehouse managers want to build a sustainable shipping environment in their facility.

Shipping products require you to accurately weigh in order to increase efficiency and profitability.

Let us see the different kinds of weighing scales you can use in your e-commerce business.

Different Types of Weighing Scales You Can Use

1. Post Scales

Post scales are a part of several post or mail offices. They can even be found in the back offices of some businesses. When combined with letter and parcel scales, they offer an accurate and efficient processing system.

Their capacities range from 30-75 kilograms which is about 66-165 pounds, with 1, 3, 5, 10 gram (0.035, 0.106, 0.176, 0.352 ounce) intervals. The post scales help in reducing the equipment costs and they can handle different types of parcels and letters, thus giving you the flexibility of usage.

2. Counting Scales

These scales are ideal when inventory control and efficient counting of high volume of identical parts are important. Counting scales have the ability to weigh even the lightest parts with an accuracy of over 99%, thus reducing the operator error when counted by hand.

You can install them in any rough industrial environment. Moreover, they can withstand overloading and shock-loading while counting quickly and accurately.

3. Conveyor Scales

Conveyor scales help in improving processing speed by reducing lifting and increasing the overall throughput. These electronic scales are simple to install and can be easily integrated with computers, label printers and scanners to control the processes. You must use them when accuracy and speed are important for your profitability.

4. Shipping Scales / Bench Scales

These scales are suitable for basic weighing, checkweighing and counting applications. You can choose from an extensive range of capacities, sizes and finishes.

They are designed with a small footprint, thus maximizing work space. If you can correctly charge by weight, you can increase profitability by integrating the scales with the existing systems and capturing real-time data.

5. Floor Scales

These are used while sorting inventory and at goods in/out as floor scales can weigh goods with very high accuracy. They reduce the probability of revenue loss too.

You can place this scale system in a central location within a warehouse and use it in two ways — wheel the lighter loads onto the scale for weighing and, for heavier loads, drive the forklifts carrying bundled commodities directly onto the scale.

6. Forklift Truck Scales

These scales help forklift drivers lift and weigh bundled materials on the forklift trucks.

You can take the materials directly to the storage area while tracking its weight, origin and storage location during transportation.

Speedy return on investment and time savings are some benefits of using forklift truck scales.

Various in-cab instruments like bar code scanners allow you to instantly capture necessary freight data available and wirelessly transmit this information with weight data through Bluetooth or radio to supervisory computer systems.

Maintenance and Service of Scales You must have a reliable service provider to make sure your scales and equipment run smoothly, efficiently and reliably at all times. Regular calibration, maintenance and quick repair work help in maximizing the up-time and keep the business moving as the equipment will work at a maximum efficiency. Moreover, it will reduce the likelihood of costly emergency breakdowns. Having skilled and highly trained technicians will help you identify potential issues before they even arise.

Author Bio: Kevin Hill is the content editor and online marketing manager at Quality Scales Unlimited.  Always an early adopter and fast learner; Kevin combines his technical knowledge with content marketing in creative ways to give Quality Scales Unlimited a competitive edge. 


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