Tags – Scales Used in Warehouses and Distribution


Within any storage and distribution facility, maximising productivity levels heavily relies on accuracy, efficiency and streamlined processes.

As such, all weighing equipment used needs to be as accurate as possible.

A variety of scales are used for multiple purposes within a logistics environment and the more accurate and integrated they are, the better.

Not only does using the right scales contribute to overall productivity and workflow, it can also impact on health and safety compliance too.

Here are 5 examples of scales used within the industry.


Counting Scales

Also known as inventory counting scales, these digital scales eliminate the need to count identical parts by hand.

Therefore, they prove invaluable in speeding up the process of counting anything with a fixed weight.

Whilst reducing the margin for human error in counting endless units of product, these scales also save significant amounts of time, and therefore cost, in the process. 


Bench and Shipping Scales

Although bench and shipping scales come in a variety of shapes and sizes, they tend to be quite compact.

Taking up minimal space, these scales can conveniently sit anywhere within a warehouse operation.

These scales are critical for basic weighing and counting and in particular, for weighing smaller parcels.

Furthermore, the data captured can be integrated within existing mailing and inventory systems, contributing to the streamlining of distribution processes.


Industrial Floor and Platform Scales

Used in a similar vein to bench scales but on a larger scale, floor and platform scales are more commonly used for both inbound and outbound goods.

As such, the accuracy they offer can mean significantly reduced revenue losses.

The nature of these scales means they’re usually located centrally within a warehouse to allow easy access.

Consequently, it’s possible to more readily push a load, or use a forklift to carry the necessary materials, to the floor scales.


Vehicle Scales

In order to efficiently manage both your inventory and billing, it’s necessary to accurately weigh inbound and outbound vehicles carrying goods.

Equally, it’s important to ensure legal compliance on vehicle weight restrictions.

Similarly, reducing wear and tear on any vehicles whilst maximising fuel efficiency are additional benefits of using vehicle scales.

Weighbridges and axle pad systems are both suitable means to do this.


Digital Weight Indicators

Although not scales in their own right, weight indicators are widely used within the logistics industry.

As they are digital, weight indicators will record weight accurately.

The resulting data can subsequently be collected, stored and communicated in different ways. For example, the more technologically advanced indicators use wireless communications.

Consequently, these can be linked to existing computers, printers and barcode scanners as part of an integrated management system, particularly useful for invoicing. 


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