Guide to the Different Types of Industrial Weight Scales

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Every industrial application expects accuracy and ruggedness from every measuring equipment used in various processes. Weighing, storing, and transporting bulky items is challenging without using a reliable industrial scale. Apart from the safety of employees, it is also crucial that a weighing scale has not only the right capacity but also the necessary features needed for inventory management.

There are many different types of industrial scales used in various capacities. Below is an introduction to some of the most commonly used kinds of scales used in industrial facilities.

Floor scales and platform scales

Perhaps considered as the standard scale used in an industrial setting, platform scales and floor scales are versatile and suited for rugged use. Most floor scales have high weighing capacities and are made with durable materials. Some floor scales are designed with high-precision weighing capacity and useful features for efficiency and safety.

In most warehouses and industrial facilities, low-profile floor scales are the common choice because it provides easier access for palettes and crates. This type of scale is also easy to store if space is limited.

Forklift scale

A reasonably recent weighing technology allows for the integration of a weighing scale directly into the forklift cleat. As a forklift picks up an object, the scale will automatically measure the weight and transmit the information to the operator. This design facilitates efficiency and convenience. The amount of work needed to transport objects from one section of the warehouse to the location of the weight scale is significantly reduced.

Crane sale

Similar to the working principle of a forklift scale, a crane scale has the weighing device attached to the tether. This type of scale is suited for weighing objects that a conventional floor scale or platform scale cannot weigh. For example, irregular objects that do not balance well on a floor scale or massive items that exceed the capacity of a platform scale may be weighed using a crane scale.

Bench scale

In any industrial setting, it is essential to have a variety of weighing instruments available. In addition to conventional floor scales used for high weighing capacity, bench scales are also useful for measuring small objects. If a business deals with retail transactions, a bench scale is an excellent option to have.

Mobile scale

A mobile or portable scale is suitable for a variety of applications. There are platform and floor scales, which are also portable, making it easier to move the device wherever it is needed.


The type of scales discussed in this article only covers the primary varieties used today. There is an extensive array of options which vary from one supplier to another. While most industrial scales available commercially suit all kinds of applications, specific unique requirements also need a custom approach. Not every manufacturer can customize industrial weight scales for their clients. If you need a product that is not off the shelf, look for a manufacturer that can design and manufacture the scale you need which will fit the exact specifications of its intended application.





One thought on “Guide to the Different Types of Industrial Weight Scales

  • July 14, 2022 at 3:56 AM

    It’s great that you pointed out how platform scales and floor scales are versatile and suited for rugged use. I went with my friend when he was selling his scrap metals and I saw the junkyard was using an industrial weighing scale. Considering the weight that businesses usually weigh, I could see why they’d need a sturdier type of scale.


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