Commercial scales can typically be categorized into four different types, each having a slightly different feature and use. Understanding what kind of commercial scales there are and what their main purpose is can help you in your business to choose the best one for your business’s needs.

1. Digital Scales

A digital scale is characteristically best for businesses that need consistent and high- volume usage such as kitchens in restaurants, bakeries, or an ice cream shop. The digital scale helps with portion control and reducing product waste. Designed for accuracy and speed, they have an easy-to-read digital display and immediate response to weight. Most have an auto shut-off feature to help save on battery usage.

2. Mechanical Scales

Many mechanical scales are being replaced by the easier-to-read and faster digital scales, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still relevant. These scales are a great option for smaller distribution services, such a snack bar or concession stand and anyone looking for a low initial cost. One of the perks of mechanical scales is that they will always be reliable and no electric or battery power is needed to use them. They also are versatile and easily portable.

3. Platform Scales

Platform scales, that can also be known as bench checkweighing scales, are a good choice for businesses that need a scale that can perform multiple functions. These scales can be used for checkweighing, grading, packing, counting, and weight totals. They are made of a stainless-steel material, ideal for messy food operations. Platform scales also have a digital reader, making it easy to decipher measurements. Some have an over/under indicator and meet legal for trade requirements.

4. Legal for Trade Scales

To be considered legal for trade, a scale must fulfill certain standards established by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP). The NTEP evaluates the performance, features and options, and operating characteristics of the scale based on its set of applicable standards. A scale can only be advertised as legal for trade if it has passed the series of tests by the NTEP and been given a Certificate of Conformance. Many of the scales mentioned above are NTEP approved but it is something to always check before purchasing. Legal for trade scales are best for businesses in the food industry that regularly calculate sale price based on weight. They are designed to be the most accurate scales available and also have beneficial features, such as easy-to-read digital displays, and many have programmable quick lookup keys.

Having a better understanding of the various commercial scales out there gives you the advantage of knowing exactly which scale will best serve you businesses demands. Yamato can provide you with anyone of these types of scales. To see the different varieties available visit our website to discover which one is best for you.