A scale is only as good as its manufacturer, and at Yamato, we aim to produce the most accurate scales on the market. Don’t believe us? You can check it for yourself!
If your digital commercial scale is calibrated correctly, it should give you the correct weight within a fraction of a pound. You need your food scales to be more precise, however. So, use the following methods to test the accuracy and consistency of your kitchen, bathroom, and commercial weighing scales.
Importance of a Correct Measurement
Whether you’re weighing packages, food products, or ingredients for something more scientific, it’s essential your scale is correct. For instance:
- If you’re a baker, a pound of butter might be close enough to what you need. Weighing something smaller like sugar or salt requires more precision, though. So, you need to make sure you properly calibrate your scale first.
- The same is true when checking the shipping weight of a product. “Close enough” doesn’t cut it here, and you could end up spending extra money if you fail fo check the accuracy of your scale.
Even though our scales are some of the most consistent weighing scales on the market, you still have to calibrate them if you move them around.
How to Test Your Scale
Currency is one of the best ways to measure things without having a proper tool. A dollar bill is six inches long, so you don’t need a ruler if you have some bills in your pocket.
The same is true when it comes to change. Pocket change is one of the most useful tools in calibrating a food scale. A penny weighs 2.5 grams, a quarter weighs 5.67 grams, and a nickel weighs 5 grams on-the-nose.
If you need to make sure your scale is correct, just use some of your change! To check the consistency, you can always add more change to make sure the weight remains correct.
Use a Consistent Weight for Calibration
If you’re calibrating a larger scale, make sure you have something consistent with which you can check the calibration. Use something like a large piece of metal or another material that won’t change over time. Weigh this material on multiple scales to make sure you’re getting the right number. After that, all you have to do is record the weight and place it on a scale any time you want to ensure it’s calibrated.
Calibrate Every Time You Move a Scale
Weighing scales are susceptible to losing calibration when they are moved around. Check the calibration every time you move a scale to avoid incorrect measurements. Additionally, always place the scale on a smooth, flat surface before you measure anything. Carpets and uneven floors can affect a scale’s accuracy.
Keep Your Weighing Scales Calibrated
Our scales perform consistently, but you still need to stay on top of their calibration. An uncalibrated scale can mean a disaster for many businesses, and it doesn’t take long to make sure your measurements are correct.
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