Weighing Equipment Lifespan: How to Extend the Life of Your Scale

Weighing equipment is an important part of any business. It helps you keep track of your inventory, make sure you are meeting regulatory requirements, and more. 

But like all pieces of machinery, weighing equipment has a lifespan. If you want to get the most out of your scale, it’s important to take steps to extend its life. 

In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for doing just that.


Normal Lifespan of Weighing Equipment

The lifespan of a scale can vary depending on the type of scale and how it is used. However, most scales have a lifespan of around 15 years.

If you take care of your scale and follow the tips below, you can extend its life even further. Good quality scales can last for decades if they are properly serviced and maintained. 

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Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Scale

There are several things you can do to extend the lifespan of your scale. Here are a few tips:


1. Calibrate Your Scale Regularly

Calibrating your scale regularly ensures that it is accurate and working properly. This, in turn, helps to extend its life.

Most scales should be calibrated at least once a year. However, if you use your scale frequently or for sensitive applications, you may need to calibrate it more often.

If you’re not sure how to calibrate your scale, have a look at this guide to help you get started. Your manufacturer should also be able to provide you with instructions.

In addition, many scale companies offer calibration services. This is often a good option if you don’t have the time or expertise to calibrate your scale yourself, or if you require traceable calibration certificates

Calibrating your scale regularly is one of the best things you can do to extend its life.


2. Ensure Good, High-Quality Power Supply

A good power supply is essential for any piece of electronic equipment, including scales. If you want your scale to last, make sure you use a high-quality power supply.

We recommend using a regulated power supply with your scale. This type of power supply provides a consistent voltage, which helps to extend the life of your scale.

In addition, be sure to use the correct power supply for your scale. Using the wrong power supply can damage your scale and shorten its lifespan.

If you’re not sure which power supply to use with your scale, consult your manufacturer’s instructions.


3. Keep Your Scale Clean

Dust and dirt can damage the sensitive components of your scale. 

Cleaning your scale regularly is important for two reasons: it helps to prevent damage and extends the life of your scale.

So, clean your scale regularly with a soft, dry cloth. Be sure to disconnect the scale from power before cleaning it.

If there is stubborn dirt or grime, you can use a mild soap and water solution. Be sure to avoid harsh chemicals, as these can damage the scale.

Different scales have different cleaning procedures. For example, some scales have removable pans that can be washed in the sink. Others may require special cleaning solutions. 

Consult your scale’s manual for specific instructions and be sure to follow them carefully.


4. Handle Your Scale Carefully 

Dropping the scale or subjecting it to other impacts can lead to damage. So, handle your scale carefully and keep it in a safe place.

When you’re not using the scale, store it in a clean, dry place. And be sure to protect it from extreme temperatures, which can damage the scale’s components.

If you spill something on your scale, clean it up immediately.


5. Look For Wear And Tear

Like any piece of equipment, it’s important to keep an eye on your scale and look for signs of wear and tear. Catching problems early can help to extend the life of your scale.

Most common signs of wear and tear include:

  • Weakening of the frame or structure
  • Cracks in the body or display
  • Loose screws or bolts
  • Missing parts

If you notice any of these signs, consult your manual or contact your manufacturer. 

Continuing to use a damaged scale can lead to further damage and shorten its lifespan.



Following these tips will help to extend the lifespan of your scale. 

However, even with proper care, eventually your scale will reach the end of its life. When this happens, it’s important to replace it with a new one.

If you take care of your scale and follow the tips above, you can extend its life and get the most out of your investment.


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