What Do Balance Users Have to Say?

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.

By Erica Tennenhouse

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 91%
Precision balance 66%
Micro balance 22%
Ultra-microbalance 3%
Other 5%

Weighing applications, according to survey respondents:

Dynamic weighing 65%
Differential weighting 48%
Filter weighting 34%
Mass comparison 33%
Pipette calibration 52%
Other 6%

Most common problems users experience when using their balance:

Weight readings do not stabilize 66%
The unit is out of calibration 13%
Poor repeatability 13%
Display problems 12%
The unit does not respond to weight addition 9%
Readings moving only down 7%
Cornerload errors 6%
Other 16%

Factors that would help users overcome their weighing challenges:

Newer equipment 50%
Improved maintenance 46%
Better training 31%
Newer accessories 14%
Better technical support 14%
Other 52%

How does readability influence which balance is ideal?

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