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Types of floor scale and their uses

by Ragini Salampure
Types of floor scale and their uses

A weighing scale is needed if you own an industry or a warehouse where you constantly need to measure objects and materials. However, the discussion on which scale you should buy revolves around many factors like the nature of industrial work undertaken, how much investment you want to put in, etc. Floor scales are used for weighing the loads that are too heavy to be lifted. You can choose between floor scales or platform scales depending upon the various factors. The floor scales are available in different sizes and weight measurements. These are generally equipped with ramps that efficiently load and unload the material. This article will mention the types of floor scales and their usage to understand and decide on which scale you want to invest in.

Types of Floor Scales

Basic Floor Scale 

As the name suggests, these are basic floor scales that are square-shaped and available in different sizes. The standard size is between 3’x3’ to 5’x5’ and a weighing capacity ranging from 1000lb-20,000lb. In addition, they are available in various plates such as stainless steel, Smooth plate, mild steel, etc. If need be, you can attach these floor scales to the ramp for an easy load-unload process. 

Low-Profile Floor scales

Low-profile floor scales are similar to basic floor scales; however, these are lower to the ground, hence provide easy access to a pallet jack. They have side rails lifted high up from the ground, but you can still attach the ramps if need be. The low-profile floor scales are used to measure materials and objects that are hard to lift. They have a weighing capacity of up to 40,000lbs. Since they are low-lying and comparatively much lower to the ground, the low-profile floor scales can be easily moved. 

Portable floor scales 

The portable floor scales are a portable version of the ultra-low-profile scales. These are similar in design but have swivel casters at the corners for easy portability. These scales are pre-equipped with ramps either on one side or both sides; the ramps can be lifted while you are moving the scale to another place. They are used for weighing materials that are, of course, hard to lift but also in places where the material cannot be moved or lifted, to the floor scale is moved round to weigh them. Since the portable floor scale is ultra-low lying, it has a weight restriction, it can weigh up to 20,000lbs, and the closer it gets to the ground, the weighing capacity reduces to 5000lbs. 

U Scales 

Just what you picture, this is a U shape floor scale that reduces the space issues with ramps. This scale does not require any ramp or pit as it is self-sufficient. The weight is measured by resting the pallet jack on the space available. It is extremely helpful in a place where space is less. In addition, it also reduces the time consumed in removing the material from the pallet jack and then again putting it back with the ramp.

Heavy Capacity floor scales

The heavy capacity floor scales are built to weigh huge steel coil kinds of material. These have the capacity to measure weight up to 50,000 lbs. They are generally bolted to the ground and are available in different sizes starting from 5’x5’. These scales are bolted to avoid any movement because of the heavy weighing material that is kept on them. In addition, these are equipped to prevent the coils or any material from rolling and interrupting the weighing process. 

Lift Scales

The lift floor scales are particularly designed for the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries, where the scale profile has to be kept minimum and hygienic. They have the capacity to weigh up to 5000 pounds depending upon the model you buy. The lifting can be annual or gas fit. 

Final words

Floor scales are not the only kind of scales available in the market. There are alternatives of the same; however, when you have to choose your floor scale, always consider the factors attached to it, such as the pallet jack accessibility, if you have enough space for ramps, or if you need it to be portable or not. You should be able to determine the correct scale for your industry when you understand the application of each type of floor scale and match them with your requirements. 

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