What are floor scales?
Floor scales are weighing scales with a flat surface for weighing medium-sized to large items and, usually, a separate weight display. Floor scales are so called because their size means they are usually placed on the floor, and used to weigh items like crates and larger boxes or parcels.
Floor scales come in a variety of sizes, capacities and accuracies.
What are the benefits of floor scales?
Versatility is the reason for the popularity of floor scales. The large, flat base can be placed in the corner of a factory, warehouse or office, and even stored away easily when not in use. Floor scales with a separate indicator on a cable are even more flexible; some floor scales have their indicator mounted on a column.
Floor scales can be used to weigh boxes, parcels, crates, sacks and kegs. A floor scale may be used as a pallet scale, although palletised goods is more commonly weighed on platform scales.
In some cases, however, floor scales may be more affordable than a platform scale.
The huge variety of floor scales available from Marsden, with different capacities, graduations and sizes available (plus stainless steel options and scales with the ability to transmit weighing data) means there should be a solution for your needs.
What is a Trade Approved scale?
A Trade Approved scale is a weighing scale that can legally be used to obtain the weight of an item to determine its price.
It is a legal requirement to use Trade Approved scales if the application falls into any of these categories: 1. Determination of mass for commercial transactions 2. Determination of mass for the calculation of a toll, tariff, tax, bonus, penalty, remuneration, indemnity or similar type of payment 3. Determination of mass for the application of laws or regulations; expert opinion given in court proceedings 4. Determination of price on the basis of mass for the purposes of direct sales to the public and the making-up of pre-packages.
Trade Approved scales are built, tested, verified and calibrated to a specific standard. They are rigorously tested by an EU Notified Body, providing assurance to the user that the scales are accurate, reliable and deliver repeatable weight readings. Find out more here.
A Trading Standards visit will include a check of weighing scales to ensure that they are compliant.
A Trade Approved scale may be referred to as a legal for trade scale, verified scale or a stamped scale. Trade Approved scales carry an ‘M’ (for ‘metrology’) logo on their dataplate.
How do I know which floor scale is right for me?
To decide which floor scale is right for you, check the capacity options of each scale and decide what the maximum weight you are likely to put on the weight is. The capacity option you choose will need to be more than this. From there, you can choose the accuracy (graduations) to make sure you’re getting the weight readings you need.
Most floor scales on this page have different base size options. Check this to ensure what you going to be weighing will fit on the scale.
If you need a weighing scale that will cope with wet or humid environments, consider the stainless steel floor scales will list that have an IP rating. The higher the rating, the more protected the scale is against the moisture. If you need to record weight data, choose a floor scale with a JIK indicator (it’ll have ‘JIK’ in its name).
Where can I find out more?
To find out more about floor scales from Marsden, click on the products above or speak to our team on 01709 364296 or contact us here.