2016 Lab Balance Survey Results

Learn the most popular types and more from our latest lab balances product survey results

By Ryan Ackerman

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

  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:

Analytical balance 89%
Precision balance 70%
Micro balance 23%
Ultra-microbalance 3%
Other 5%

Other laboratory balance-related components used by survey respondents:

Balance enclosure 41%
Routine test weights 23%
Weighting table 12%
Vibration isolation table 8%
Moisture analyzer 5%
Software 3%
Balance printer 2%
Barcode scanner 1%
Keyboard 1%
Other 5%

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:

Reliability 90%
Durability 75%
High Precision 70%
Easy Cleaning 58%
Low Maintenance 56%
Price 52%
Past Experience 52%
Manufacturer's Reputation 49%
Auto Calibration 43%
Warranty 35%

How does readability influence which balance is ideal?

Use the Lab Manager Product Finder to find the perfect balance for your needs.


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

See the most recent survey results here

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Published: July 14, 2016

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