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Top 6 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Analytical Balance

Need advice for buying a new laboratory balance? Maybe you just need to service your balance? This Lab Manager article provides a number of handy tips for identifying these needs.

Top 6 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Analytical Balance

The balance is unable to hold calibration, needing re-calibration after very few weighing tasks.
The displayed results drift up or down, jump for no apparent reason, or are consistently unstable.
The lab’s weighing needs have changed and the facility could benefit from more advanced features such as up-todate data communication interfaces, statistical calculations, storage of readings, and product identification codes.
The stability and repeatability are no longer accurate.
Integration to a computer may be necessary and there may be definitive signs of corrosion.
The balance requires constant maintenance.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Lab Balance

What is the heaviest sample you will weigh (including container weight) and what is the lightest sample?
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.?

Recently Released Balances

Excellence Plus XP Micro Balances

  • Especially qualified for micro-dosing directly into large tare containers
  • Features SmartGrid micro, SmartSens and SmartScreen—three innovations combined in one balance—ensuring comprehensive weighing security
  • Provide optimal user protection, excellent measurement performance, full data security and seamless traceability
  • Include built-in warning systems that visually and audibly alert the user


AUW Analytical Balances

  • Engineered with the UniBloc technology
  • Provides fast response and superb stability in a 0.1mg analytical balance
  • Various application functions, two modes of fully automatic calibration and back lit display support many requirements
  • Choice of fully-automatic calibrations available: PSC and Clock –CAL
  • Calibration report can be automatically printed with the optional electronic printer


PW Analytical Balances

  • Designed to meet the needs of laboratories, schools, industry and commercial users offering a wide range of applications
  • Includes 16+ weighing units (including one custom unit)
  • Features selectable digital filtering for animal / dynamic weighing
  • Also includes adjustable filters and simple user-friendly operation as well as full range tare and zero tracking

Adam Equipment

Explorer® Lab Balance

  • Features four user programmable touchless sensors
  • Offers hands-free operation of tare, zero, print, calibration and other functions to minimize cross-contamination or unwanted residue on the balance
  • Improves weighing speed and efficiency in the laboratory
  • Sensors eliminate the extra effort or time to press the balance’s keys
  • Balance also includes enhanced SmarText™ 2.0 easy-to-use graphical software


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