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.
Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Laboratory Balance
- What are the heaviest and lightest samples you will weigh (including container weight)?
- What is the required +/- tolerance of your lightest sample?
- How many decimal places in grams do you require for the displayed weight?
- 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?
- Is on-site service available from a factory-trained service technician?
- 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:
Other laboratory balance-related components used by survey respondents:
|Routine test weights||23%|
|Vibration isolation table||8%|
Nearly 60% 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:
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