Frequently asked questions while
purchasing a Scale

Scales and balances are used extensively in commerce to measure the weight or mass of products. Most of the time, people consider the price to be the most important factor while purchasing a scale. If your business is largely dependent on weight scales for efficiency and profitability, you want to purchase the best available product for the best performance. Lower priced products are usually of lesser quality, which may increase your expenses for repairs and replacements in the long run. If you are looking for weight scales in Edmonton and Alberta, Ancoma Scales can help you. We sell and repair truck scales, bench scales, floor scales, weight indicators and more.


A few criteria that you need to be aware of to select the right product are:

  • Requirement

Are you using the scale in the manufacturing process? Do you weigh large objects? Is the object you weigh movable? The kind of object you will be weighing is essential in determining what kind of weight scale you require.

  • Location

Where will you store the scale? Do you work in a rough industrial environment or a cleanroom? It is important to determine where the scale will be used. For instance, if you work in a damp place, you need a scale with additional corrosion resistance. If you work in a hazardous location, you are going to need a scale that has been tested and approved for use in such environments. You may require a specific size for the product due to limited space availability.

  • Weighing Capacity

People often select a scale whose maximum capacity matches the weight of the items they usually weigh. This could help you lower your expenses, but there are other things to consider while determining the capacity of the weight scale. For instance, a scale may be rated for 500 lbs, but how much extra weight can you add to it without damaging it? Most of the time, the scale displays a warning message at 102% capacity and mechanical stops can prevent damage at up to 150% of the maximum capacity.

In addition to overload capacity, you also have to consider shock loading and dynamic loading (where items are normally dropped onto the platform). These tasks increase the force the scale has to handle. Case in point, a 500 lbs scale can handle a 450 lbs load but it may not be able to do so if the load is dropped from 5 feet onto the platform.

  • Readability

The readability of a scale refers to how many decimal places it offers to read. Large capacity scales such as a 500 lbs scale (readability=0.1 lbs) have a smaller readability than a lower-capacity scale like a 50 lbs (readability=0.01 lbs). Standard scales can be used for most of the industry-related weighing needs. Some operations require extremely high readability (as much as .0001 lb) and special scales (such as an electromagnetic force restoration model) are used for this purpose.

  • Features

Will you be using the scale for more than one application or for a specific one? Scales are manufactured for straightforward weighing. If you need a scale for parts counting, check weighing or dynamic weighing, you will have to find one that has all the necessary features and software. If you use the scales for keeping inventory, you will require both weighing and data accumulation functions.

Ancoma Scales supplies many models and sizes of permanent truck scale to clients in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. We also off remote displays, train scales and load cells. With over 40 years experience in the weighing industry, Ancoma Scales is well equipped to help you determine exactly what you need.