Discontinuation Notice: GSE 370 Counting Scale

The GSE 370 electronic counting scale will be discontinued and removed from the current product offering at the end of February 2016. Avery Weigh-Tronix will continue to provide service spares (repair parts) as long as components are available, for up to five years. All orders received before February 29th for the GSE 370 will be manufactured and supplied. ​The recommended direct replacement for the GSE 370 basic counting scale will be the GSE 375 counting scale with numeric entry keypad.

gse 370 electronic counting scale

The GSE 370 and GSE 375 counting scales are easy to use industrial scales for part counting and inventory control. These counting scales are highly accurate, with a very high resolution, allowing them to weigh parts as light as 0.000005 lb. The 370 and 375 are easy to use and designed to minimize operator error. The 375 counting scale features a full numeric keyboard, for manual entry, if necessary. These counting scales are suitable for use in most industrial environments. Their rugged design and battery option makes them tough, portable and able to go where you need them when you need them.

Items being discontinued are listed below.

Part number …………. Discontinued Product …………… Capacity
210370-00030 …….. GSE 370 counting scale ………  30 x .001 lb
210370-00060 …….. GSE 370 counting scale ………. 60 x .002 lb
210370-00100 …….. GSE 370 counting scale …….. 100 x .005 lb

DETECTO Space-Saving Fold-up Wheelchair Scale

Space in healthcare environments is a precious commodity, and the DETECTO compact 7550 fold-up wheelchair scale addresses this issue with its innovative design allowing the scale to be folded away when not required, freeing up valuable floor space. Since entering the market a year ago, the 7550 scale has struck a chord with healthcare facilities throughout the world and has become a popular high-selling product for stationary wheelchair-bound patient weighing.

Both quick and simple to install, the scale can also be easily removed to facilitate thorough cleaning of the healthcare facility. Safety is paramount, with minimal effort required to raise and lower the wheelchair platform thanks to its internal gas springs.

The 7550’s weight indicator can store 99 individual tare weights enabling easy weight calculation. With the large and easy to position backlit LCD display, the patient weight and BMI calculations are always easy to read.

Measuring only 6.6 inches from the wall when folded, the low profile OIML Class III certified scale accurately weighs up to 1,000 lb/ 450 kg. The platform’s low height of only 1.5 inches, and substantial footprint of 32.3 x 33 inches enables a variety of powered and non-powered wheelchairs to be accommodated.

The 7550’s American-made MedVue® medical weight analyzer features a tilt-and-swivel mounting bracket, so the large LCD readouts may be positioned wherever it’s easiest for the patient or nurse to read. Patient weight, height, and BMI are all displayed onscreen simultaneously in one scan of the eyes.

Order Ethernet for Rice Lake’s Legend Series Now

Did you know that Rice Lake Weighing Systems 480 and 482 Legend Series digital weight indicators have Ethernet availability? Just request a quote for the Ethernet option kit.

Rice Lake’s Legend Series has quality and design built right in with innovative features for the future. As the flagship of Rice Lake’s Legend Series, the 480 and 482 digital weight indicators have been designed to provide the very best in performance and value. With stainless steel enclosures and advanced gasket systems, the industrial-strength Legend Series is built for dirty, wet environments and demanding workplaces, inside or out. Rice Lake’s Legend Series is the industry’s first choice for readability. With a choice between large, ultra-bright LED or LCD displays, 0.8 inch digits and sharp contrast, these indicators provide superior display visibility. The 480’s six-button tactile keypad allows for quick navigation and programming. Advance to the Plus Series versions for a full numeric keypad if necessary.

Connect to a printer, PC or remote display and make use of configurable print formats, time and date function, and local/remote capability. An optional lithium ion rechargeable battery allows operation from remote locations, such as a portable work station. Engineered with Rice Lake’s advanced digital filtering, the 480 and 482 Legend Series digital weight indicators promise top speed without sacrificing weight stability.

New Free-Standing Hanging Scale Stand Available

DETECTO Scale made in the US free-standing hanging scale stand is easily accessible for customers to weigh their produce. This 72-inch-high portable stand with built-in wheels features a durable white powder-coated paint finish, tough steel construction, eyelet bolt to attach a hanging scale (scale sold separately), and a sturdy heavy-duty base. The HS-STAND is ideal for farmer’s markets, grocery stores, produce stands, or even clinical autopsy weighing.

For use with foodservice or autopsy hanging scales with a 40-lb capacity or less, the HS-STAND portable scale stand serves as a solid, sturdy support for free-standing weighing. The 24-inch square base is just the right size to provide a stable tip-resistant platform, while also allowing customers to easily walk right up and place their produce in the scale’s hanging pan for weighing. The stand allows the scale to comfortably hang above a work table or display case, but still remain within reach for convenient measurements. DETECTO manufactures a wide variety of both digital and dial scales compatible with the HS-STAND. Made in USA quality.

◾For use with most DETECTO MCS, HSDC, SCS30, and T3530 scales
◾72-inch height for convenient access and display of weight
◾USA-made quality
◾Hanging scales attach within seconds
◾24 x 24-inch square base
◾Durable mild steel frame powder-coat painted white
◾Sturdy 27-lb weight for ample support
◾Two integral wheels for rolling transport
◾Eyelet bolt included to quickly attach hanging scales
◾Ships UPS (3 pieces for easy assembly)

Discontinuation Notice: GSE 460 & 465 Weight Indicators

The information was just released that effective December 14, 2015 the GSE 460 and 465 Digital Weight Indicators are being discontinued. This has been a very popular line of digital scale controllers over the years and this cancelation will likely affect hundreds of customers who have grown to use this instrument in their weighing process. The GSE 460 and 465 line of popular scale readouts were preceded by the GSE 450 and 550 weight indicators which are still asked for by customers on a fairly regular basis. Avery Weigh-Tronix will continue to provide service spares (repair parts) as long as components are available, for up to five years.

GSE 460 and 465 digital weight indicator

With this line of indicators being phased out, this provides an opportunity for ​customers to become more familiar with the ZM401, ZM405 indicators and Ztools 2.0, which support legacy GSE macros.The ZM401 and ZM405 indicators provide a replacement solution for the 460 and 465 with more features. There are no competitive products that offer the IBN display with its Graphic Array, third party IP69K certified compliance, standard USB and Ethernet along with the Ztools 2.0 platform with its Simulation, application development, code editing and testing. The ZM400 series has also been designed to support application programs that have been built on legacy platforms, including supporting legacy GSE macros.

The items being discontinued are:

Part number ……….. Description
200460-00000 ….. Model 460, Stainless Steel

200460-19000 ….. Model 460, Panel Mount

200465-00000 ….. Model 465, Stainless Steel

200465-19000 ….. Model 465, Panel Mount

31-70-35255 …….. Dura Shield, Model 460

44-70-37823 ……. Splash Guards, Model 460

There will be GSE scale system distributors who will have the 460 and 465 indicators available beyond the discontinuation if you need these units. But stock will be limited so if this equipment is needed for your business, you will want to go ahead and set up your purchase orders as soon as possible.

Scales Are Everywhere

Scales and weighing equipment are in more places than you realize. Often when most folks think of scales they might think of their doctors office or maybe the truck scales they see at a weigh station beside the highway. But scales are in many more places than that. Just a few examples include: laboratories, kitchens, and manufacturing. In today’s article we wanted to take a look specifically at different types of scales you might find in warehouses across the country. These warehouse scales are vital to accurate measurement for companies.

Vehicle Scales
Properly managing inventory and billing in warehouse and distribution center environments depends upon documenting and weighing both inbound and outbound freight. With the high cost of fuel, bulk carriers have to balance the need for optimal loading with concerns about safety. Truck scales and axle weighing systems from Avery Weigh-Tronix will help ensure that trucks are loaded to the ideal weight and conform to stringent legal maximum-weight regulations. Accurate weighing helps companies avoid costly fines as well as premature vehicle wear due to excessive loading.

Unattended Terminals
For increased efficiency, truck scale controls may be integrated into a standalone console that facilitates unattended weighing operations. The terminals enable drivers to complete weighing transactions 24/7, without leaving their cab. The result is that your truck scale can run smoothly without a dedicated operator. This results in reduced operating costs, extended hours of availability and improved health and safety by allowing the driver to stay within their vehicle.

Forklift Scales
A forklift scale allows drivers to lift and weigh bundled materials on the truck. This expedites operations by enabling forklift drivers to take commodities directly to storage upon delivery, while tracking the weight, origin and storage location during transport. This process results in real-time data acquisition, which can be used for billing and inventory management. The ability to transport and weigh materials in one simple step results in tremendous time savings and a speedy return on investment. Forklift scales are also a compact weighing solution, making them suitable for the busy warehousing environment. In-cab instruments such as bar code scanners allow forklift operators to instantly capture all necessary freight data available, then transmit this information with weight data wirelessly via Bluetooth® or radio to supervisory computer systems.

Floor Scales
Used mainly at goods in/out, or when sorting inventory, floor scales are capable of weighing goods with very high accuracy, reducing the likelihood for revenue loss. This scale system can be placed at a central location within a warehouse and is generally used in two ways. Operators can wheel lighter loads onto the scale for weighing or, for heavier loads, operators can drive forklifts carrying bundled or palletized commodities directly onto the scale.

Counting Scales
Counting scales are ideal for use in inventory control and for efficiently and accurately counting a high volume of identical parts. Our precision counting scales can all weigh even the lightest parts with an accuracy of over 99%, minimizing the operator error often found when hand counting. The counting scale range is tough enough to take on any industrial environment and can withstand overloading and shock loading while counting quickly and accurately.

So as you can see, scales and weighing equipment are vital to many businesses, especially warehouse and distribution based companies.

What makes an Analytical Balance $200 versus $2000?

One of the questions we hear quite often from consumers relates to the wide range of prices for “analytical balances” or better yet just laboratory balances in general. All you need to do is take part in a couple of google searches and you will find a wide range of prices from $100 or so up to thousands of dollars. So what makes the difference and why should you care? Let’s take a look at this article to find out more.

analytical weighing balance

Just because the capacity (how much the scale or balance will weigh) and readability ( the smallest division of capacity that the balance will display) are similar, doesn’t mean that weighing results will be the same from balance to balance.

Plastic is cheap and efficient but will allow the build-up of static, (static electicity can and does damage electrical components, such as keypads and can also affect your weighing results as static will cause metal parts to be attracted to one another creating) Plastic is sometimes subject to breakage and can be damaged by chemicals. It is also not a stable material when stress (weight) is applied. No weighing device likes movement of the support structure, no matter how small that movement. This is why many of the more expensive balances have a cast aluminum or steel structure, to not only provide a stable platform, but to guard against static electricity effects and to provide longevity.

Just like a gas pump, your balance reads a series of numbers, supposed to be in synch with the amount of fuel dispensed, or in the case of a balance, how much weight is applied. Just because the device reads to a division (smallest number displayed) doesn’t mean that it is accurate to that number. (Your gas pump is controlled and tested by your local weights and measures department, you balance will more likely not be. All balances have a specification showing how close they come to absolute accuracy.

The better the balance, generally the more you pay for the balance, the tighter the specifications and the closer the balance is liable to meet said specification. Here it might be useful to look at the difference between real diamonds and paste jewelry. Both look the same from a distance, but close up the diamond sparkles, but the paste jewelry looks dull. It is important to use the right tool for the job.  Depending on your application, you may need a tight tolerance or you may need something not so exact. Please be careful to understand that these little ± signs are very important. Readability, that is what value the balance reads in is only half the story. How accurately it reads is contained in those pesky ± signs.

It’s human nature to want the least expensive item that will accomplish the task at hand. But consumers need to do some thorough research and determine what kind of balance will work for their particular application. It might be that a cheap balance will work for you, but will it be durable enough? Or perhaps you need a balance that has been NTEP approved legal for trade. Or maybe the customer actually needs an accurate laboratory balance that can also be connected to a computer or printer. A phone call or two with some experienced laboratory balance manufacturers or scale dealers can provide consumers with a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to making an intelligent purchase.

Best USB Shipping Scale

We are usually asked every few months, what is the best usb shipping scale? In many cases when we get a question like this, we can answer with several choices but when it comes to shipping scales, it’s one choice in our opinion. Whether you operate a simple mom and pop store, packaging store or a commercial shipping company the chances are you will probably be in the market for a shipping scale that will connect to your computer at some point. Freight carriers require the weight of each and every individual package they accept into their system. Carriers such as FedEx and UPS require that you supply precise weight details. If the weight documented is less then the real weight, the shipping companies can invoice an individual or business for the variation.

best usb shipping scaleNow there are low cost inexpensive scales out there that you can easily find in your local office supply store. In our experience, those scales often save you money up front but are usually not as reliable or feature oriented when compared to higher end scales such as the Mettler Toledo PS60. Which scale you need will depend on your particular situation. If you are a counter service charging patrons by weight or you need a solid and reliable shipping scale, then we recommend the MT PS60 shipping scale. This scale has USB connectivity, is NTEP approved legal for trade, and is a reliable scale. High quality digital scales such as the PS60 are wonderful for numerous weighing purposes in which just gross weights are needed. In many cases the scale that you see on the counter at your local shipping store is often a PS-60. The USB connectivity is a perfect choice for PC-Based carrier shipping systems such as UPS Worldship. It is suitable for many shipping systems (talk with your software supplier for compatibility prior to purchasing). Continue reading Best USB Shipping Scale

New Detecto SCS30 Solar Hanging Scale now available

If you’re one of those people who can’t keep track of power cords or never seems to have enough AA batteries lying around then you need to take a look at the SCS30 solar power hanging scale.
Let in-store lighting power-up your scale. The only one of its kind on the market, DETECTO’s exclusive new digital solar hanging scale is powered completely by light and never requires battery replacement. The model SCS30 is NTEP approved legal for trade making it ideal for grocery stores, farmers markets, hardware stores, and roadside produce stands where customers pay by weight. The 30 pound capacity offer you pinpoint measurement accuracy. The bold 1-inch-high LCD displays instant digital readouts.

Instant readouts save time and enhance customer confidence by assuring accuracy. In addition to easy installation, these scales are designed for years of repetitive use that is virtually maintenance-free. Cleanup with a damp cloth is a snap, and the lifetime solar cell means you never have to worry about power shortages or dead batteries. These are efficient scales that you can rely on. The scales are NTEP legal for trade, CoC# 15-009. While other hanging scales offer optional pan, the Detecto SCS30 includes stainless steel produce pan, bow, and two industrial-grade steel S hooks.

Find out more information and obtain a price quote by contacting the sales team at Central Carolina Scale.

Load Cells for Truck Scales

Many times when you determine that you need a load cell…. You need a load cell now. That’s why it’s important to work with a scale company who understands load cells and actually stocks many of the load cells. You see there are sellers out there who claim to understand load cells but often when you contact them you quickly find out that all they understand is what model number and part number they “offer” and maybe the capacity. Then, when you start mentioning terms like full scale output or output resistance or perhaps excitation they usually have to consult with someone. And when you dig a little deeper you find out that they don’t actually stock any load cells! They drop ship everything which means that if the factory has the item, great. If the factory doesn’t have the item, then you could be looking at a multi-week lead time.

That is why it is so refreshing to do business with a scale company who understands the product, stocks quite a few of the products and has working relationships with all the load cell suppliers in North America. The fact is in the majority of cases if you contact Central Carolina Scale for a load cell, your sales associate can typically get you the load cell or an interchangeable version very quickly. This is true on just about every type of cell from small single point cells to large compression canister load cells that you would use on a truck scale. Below are basic descriptions of the three standard types of load cells you typically see.

A double-ended shear beam load cell is secured at both ends and the load is applied to the center of the load cell. These load cells are most commonly used in vehicle weighing applications and tank and hopper applications. Like the single ended shear beam load cell, double ended shear beam load cells are also constructed of tool steel or stainless steel.

Compression canister load cells are ideal for high capacity weighing. These load cells are available in a variety of capacities and are typically used in vehicle weighing applications, and tank and hopper weighing applications. Because canister load cells are hermetically sealed, they provide excellent environmental protection in hazardous environments.

One major difference in respect to other load cell solutions including both digital and analog strain gauge load cells, hydraulic load cells are safe from damage caused by lightning strikes or other electrical surges. Hydraulic load cells are not built with strain gauges or wiring like other load cell technologies which allows them to be unaffected by lightning strikes; one of the most common reasons for load cell failure. These cells are often marketed as impervious, non-conductive environmentally-sealed stainless steel hydraulic load cells that are also waterproof, shockproof, explosion-proof, and resistant against both caustic and corrosive environments