Bench Scales

Bench Scales


A bench scale, also known as a tabletop or compact bench scale, is an advanced tool that serves various capacities in the category of counting and weighing. They are very versatile and have a large range of operations such as checkweighing, parts counting, and more. As the name suggests, tabletop scales and bench scales are suitable in size to fit on both tabletops and benches. Their easy portability and functionality make them valuable for many weighing applications.

Bench scales have many user-friendly features in their stainless steel design, such as rechargeable battery systems, a bright, backlit LCD display or multicolor backlit LCD display, and various communication options for printing or data connectivity to PCs. They also come in compact sizes, making them portable across a large number of systems and environments. Bench scales can be used to complete complex industrial applications in classroom settings, the food preparation and beverage industry, packaging warehouses, laboratories, production environments, and more.

Compact bench scales are favored because they are user-friendly, provide accurate results, come in a variety of prices to fit different budgets, are designed for daily use, support various weight classes, and come with a wide range of features with a variety of price points. Common usage categories include shipping quality control protection, formulation, and counting.

What Are Bench Scales Made of?

Bench scale equipment is often designed with a stainless steel platform and housing. Stainless steel is ideal for general weighing and can operate in multi-purpose environments like washdown spaces. Stainless steel also allows bench scales to perform at higher speeds and provide more accurate results in harsh external environmental conditions. These characteristics make stainless steel bench scales a perfect tool for harsh industrial environments like shipping docks, outdoor markets, and packaging.

How Often Do Bench Scales Need Calibrating?

The calibration process should be performed regularly for a stationary or mobile bench scale—even more so for a portable scale, as they need to be recalibrated after each movement or transfer. Regularly calibrating your bench scale ensures that it provides precise measurements and performs complex applications accurately.

What Are the Different Types of Bench Scales?

As we mentioned before, bench scales can perform several functions to meet a variety of needs. They come in both multipurpose and single-application models.

Washdown Platform Scale

Washdown scales are designed to be resistant to the wear and tear of the elements, such as water and dust, and the intrusion of liquids and solids.

The Ohaus Valor 4000 is an example of a washdown platform scale that comes in both stainless steel and plastic housing designs. It comes with large LED displays on the front and back and boasts a winning combination of touchless operations, speed, and durability. This is the washdown bench scale of choice for demanding environments that involve food preparation, processing, and portioning applications. Its checkweighing and percentage weighing modes, along with its half-second stabilization time, help increase productivity while maintaining accuracy.

Dry-Use Bench Scale Base

Dry-use bench scale bases are for those who don’t have to worry about the ingress of water or other liquids and use their scale for industrial weighing only. These bench scales work great in dry, dusty environments for general weighing and legal-for-trade purposes.

Mettler Toledo’s BBA231 Wheeled Bench Scales are highly mobile and feature a large backlit display with an adjustable white backlight and secure steering. With a sturdy, industrial build, this portable scale is ideal for daily use in dry warehouses and offers easy operation for simple weighing, counting, over/under checkweighing, accumulation, and animal weighing. This tough industrial scale features NTEP and OIML-approved platforms, and its battery operation powers its fast weight display.

Counting Bench Scale

Counting bench scales count multiples of the same item by calculating the total weight divided by the original weight of one unit. The more units the bench scale has to count, the more accurate its average weight calculation will be. Counting bench scales are commonly used in food processing applications and industrial environments.

The Ohaus 24″ x 18″ D52XW125RTX5 is a tough, industrial bench scale that can withstand up to 250 lb. x 125 kg of weight and features an aluminum load cell, stainless steel scale platform, stainless steel indicator, and powder-coated steel bases. The advanced features of this bench scale are easy to use thanks to five soft keys and a large transflective dot matrix display and SmarText 3.0 interface guide.

Laboratory Bench Scale

Laboratory bench scales provide precise measurements and high-accuracy readings in a laboratory, factory, or research environment. Instead of the typical rugged design of the aforementioned bench scales, laboratory weighing scales have a slim, stackable design and lightweight construction. However, they’re still just as sturdy as their counterparts thanks to a stainless steel weighing pan, overload and underload protection, and multiple application modes.

The Ohaus Pioneer PX4201 is a high-performance bench scale at an affordable price. This bench scale features optional USB device connectivity, a bright backlit LCD display and second line display for easy viewing, and comes with an AC power adapter.

Compact Bench Scale

Compact bench scales have many weighing applications and take up little room, which makes them ideal for small spaces where every square inch is utilized. This portable scale has a small weighing platform for easy transport and is user-friendly.

Any user is sure to be able to find a compact bench scale that meets their needs in the Ohaus Valor series. This line offers a comprehensive set of compact bench scales for a wide array of weighing applications.

Ranger 7000

These compact bench scales can take on the toughest weighing jobs with ease thanks to having the largest display, largest memory library, and the most application modes and connectivity options in the Ohaus brand. It comes with an AC adapter with the option to purchase a rechargeable battery.

Ranger 3000

These compact bench scales quickly produce accurate weighing results and come with the best features and functions available, including durable ABS housing, a stainless steel platform, a backlit LCD display, an AC adapter or built-in rechargeable battery with 210 hours of battery life, and optional USB device connectivity.

What Is a Remote Indicator?

Enable continuous normal functions on the host indicator of your industrial bench scale with remote display by way of a remote indicator via clear, tare, zero, and print key presses.

Both Mettler Toledo and Ohaus offer high-quality remote indicator options for bench scales, such as the Mettler Toledo IND231/236 Terminal, which is suitable for a dry-base or washdown bench scale and the Ohaus 3000 Series Indicator (also suitable for either dry-base or washdown bench scales) designed with durable ABS housing and comes with the option of an AC adapter or 100 hours of battery power per charge.

We Can Meet Your Bench Scale Needs

At Acme Scales, our team is dedicated to serving your company’s specific qualification requirements and overall needs. We’ll help you get started, explain our solutions, and match the correct scale to your unique needs while keeping your budget in mind. Contact us today and let us help take the guesswork out of deciding which bench scale is right for you!