A Guide to Weighing in a Warehousing and Logistics Environment

A Guide to Weighing in a Warehousing and Logistics Environment

In an industry where revenue is based mainly on the weight of commodities purchased or shipped, the right scale system is an invaluable asset. Benefits go far beyond increasing productivity and efficiency, simplifying compliance with health and safety regulations. Integrating the correct scale system in warehousing and distribution centers enhances overall workflow productivity.

Here’s a look at some commonly used scale systems:

Legal-for-Trade Weighing

Business transactions where goods are bought or sold by weight require legal-for-trade accuracy. These scale systems provide reliable, repeatable weighing of goods to ensure precise billing and inventory records.

Vehicle Scales

The complex management of inventory and billing along with safety concerns depends on documenting and weighing both inbound and outbound freight. The proper truck scale, weighbridges, and axle weighing systems are necessary to ensure trucks are loaded to optimal weight while conforming to stringent legal maximum-weight regulations. This helps avoid costly fines and premature wear on your vehicle.

These scales can be integrated into a stand-alone console for unattended weighing. Complete weighing transactions 24/7 without the driver ever leaving their cab.

Floor and Platform Scales

These scales are capable of weighing goods with very high accuracy. Floor and platform scales are typically placed in a central area, offering easy access for a forklift to place palletized goods directly on the scale, or hand-wheeled, smaller loads.

Digital Weight Indicators

A digital weight indicator is a more advanced option to collect, store, and communicate weight data. Using wireless communications, these indicators can be linked to printers, barcode scanners, computers, and can be integrated into existing networks. These systems allow for data transfer and management from anywhere in the operation as well as producing instant, accurate invoices for all materials weighed. 

Counting Scales

Eliminating operator error with an accuracy rate of 99%, counting scales are ideal for inventory control and counting a high volume of identical parts. 

Forklift Scales

Transport and weigh materials in one step resulting in tremendous time savings. The in-cab instruments allow for real-time data acquisition and wireless transmission. Forklift scales are compact solutions to a busy warehouse environment. 

Bench & Shipping Scales

Bench scales, also known as checkweighing scales, are ideal for small parcel and basic weighing and counting applications. They are designed to have a small footprint in a range of sizes to optimize work space. Many parcel scales interface easily with existing mailing and inventory systems.

Whatever your scale solution needs, be sure to pair it with sophisticated software to optimize productivity. The right software can provide basic data collection, tracking, and analysis. Other, more integrated management systems can monitor operations in real time. 

The experts at Acme Scales are equipped with industry leading products and software systems. Contact us today to find out more about what scale system is right for you.