A good, sturdy and accurate scale is an essential component of any materials handling operation. The scale needs to be rugged enough to endure large, heavy items and repeated use. Scales allow workers to get an accurate weight of objects that need to be moved and stored. This is a vital part of warehouse safety. Many tools and materials handling equipment require accurate measurement of the material weight. An improperly loaded piece of equipment can fail and cause damage or injury. Making sure that you have the right scale for your business can reduce worker injury and cut costs.
The floor scale is the most commonly used type of scale in a materials handling equipment setting. The ability to quickly load and unload large pallets onto the floor scale is ideal for loading docks and warehouses. There are two types of floor scales. There is a standard floor scale and then there is a scale called the platform scale. Both scales sit on the floor, but there are some differences.
Platform scales are a type of floor scale that feature an elevated platform attached to a display which indicates the
weight. Platform scales are typically of the mobile variety, with wheels recessed in the bottom of platform. This design has its benefits, but also its limitations. The smaller size of the mobile platform scale limits the weight capacity to between 500 and 1000 lbs., depending on the specific model. Due to its slightly elevated platform, a ramp may be needed to position an object on the scale.
A standard floor scale is used for weighing bulky objects. The scale is positioned into place on the floor and the object is either rolled or maneuvered by pallet into position. The floor scale is not mobile and so has no wheels or hubs, which allows objects to be maneuvered into position by means of a built in ramp. The floor scale can weigh objects between 1000 to 5000 lbs. Load cells inside of the scale signal the weight of the object to the attached indicator.
Whether you plan to use a floor scale or a platform scale depends on the type of objects you are weighing, the floor space you have available and whether you need the floor scale to be mobile.
No matter what type of scale you need for your materials handling operation, Reno Forklift has what you need and our friendly professional staff is here to help you get the right scales for the right job. With nearly 50 years of service to the Reno and northern Nevada area, Reno Forklift is the area’s number one materials handling equipment supplier. Come check out our catalog and contact us today!