Does your business rely on scales and weighing modules for inventory control and accuracy? Have you noticed one or more of your systems beginning to provide numbers that don’t quite line up to the usual payloads? If it’s been a while since you last had your scales serviced, this could be a sign that your units are in need of repair. Accurate Scale is proud to be one of Western Canada’s leading providers of scale repair and maintenance services in addition to providing a robust inventory of products.

If you’re between checkups or calibration periods and notice any of the following four symptoms below, it’s likely time to have a professional take a closer look. Read on to learn tell-tale signs that you need an inspection below.

1. Inconsistent Weights

If you’re suddenly spotting inconsistent numbers from scales and weigh indicators that have otherwise been reliable, this is one of the easiest ways to tell something is amiss. Should this begin to happen, it’s best to test your items on another scale that is giving consistent readings prior to making any conclusions. If the result lines up with what you know should be getting based on previous results, this is typically a dead giveaway that the scale in question needs service.

2. Fluctuating Readings

Similar to above, but slightly different in the problems that they cause, fluctuating readings can be incredibly frustrating for inventory managers. These kinds of readings can refer to any results that may waver between numbers before suddenly shifting, in an inconsistent manner, either on a mechanical or digital scale model. If your unit has a indicator that’s refusing to commit to a single number, this often indicates that damage has occurred and maintenance is needed.

3. Obvious External Damage

Even with a solid maintenance routine, the highest quality scales will eventually begin to show signs of wear. Whether your conditions are demanding (cold weather, corrosive materials being weighed, etc.) or you simply rely on the same tools day after day, degradation is inevitable, and can eventually begin to interfere with results. Keep an eye out for any indication of rust and corrosion. If you notice any visible signs of wear beginning to form, it’s best to have your equipment looked at sooner than later.

4. Your Scale Has Experienced “Shock Loading”

While scales in the industrial sectors are built to withstand a certain amount of heavy demand, suddenly overloading your scale can disrupt an damage a load cell and cause an effect called “shock loading”. If this occurs, you will likely not be able to manually reset the scale without maintenance or repair and your results may be compromised in the interim. Industrial scales can take a fair amount of abuse, but any sudden overload of heavy materials or an object that was dropped onto the scale can put your device at risk for being shock loaded and damaged. Even if you re-zero the scale or re-power the system, there’s a chance that your results may be affected by the stress placed on your device. If you know an incident has occurred and your weigh cycles are out of alignment, it’s time to let an expert take a look.

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