2015 Lab Balance Survey Results

Choosing the correct balance for your application, or a series of balances that suit all of your application needs, is the first step in good lab weighing practices. If you choose the correct balance, calibrate it regularly, including any time the balance is moved to a new location, and keep it clean, your balance will reward you with many years of accurate operation.

By Trevor Henderson

Balance Survey 2015Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Laboratory Balance

  1. What are the heaviest and lightest samples you will weigh (including container weight)?
  2. What is the required +/- tolerance of your lightest sample?
  3. How many decimal places in grams do you require for the displayed weight?
  4. What type of samples will you be weighing and do you need to take into consideration the size of the weighing surface or the securing of a tare container?
  5. Is on-site service available from a factory-trained service technician?
  6. Do you need to interface the balance to another device such as a computer, printer, bar code reader, etc.?

Types of laboratory balance used by survey respondents:

Precision balance 63%
Analytical balance 89%
Micro balance 26%
Ultra-microbalance 5%
Other 4%

Other balance-related components used by survey respondents:

Balance enclosure 30%
Routine test weights 23%
Vibration isolation table 13%
Weighting table 11%
Moisture analyzer 7%
Balance printer 5%
Barcode scanner 3%
Software 3%
Keyboard 0.6%
Other 5%

Nearly 57% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new balance. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of aging systems
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
Setting up a new lab
First time purchase

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look for When Purchasing a Lab Balance:

Reliability 93%
Durability 81%
High Precision 72%
Low Maintenance 60%
Easy Cleaning 60%
Past Experience 56%
Manufacturer's Reputation 55%
Price 54%
Auto Calibration 44%
Warranty 38%

For more information on balances, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/balances

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