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

Cardinal SLS Single Animal Livestock Scales

New & Improved Slide-Out Gate Design
Deck-Only Models Also Available for Integration into Chutes and Pens

Cardinal Single Animal Livestock Scale

Cardinal Scale USA-made SLS series livestock scales feature a new-and-improved slide-out gate design that offers the best quality on the market in single animal livestock weighing! Each of the dual gates with large grab handles is enclosed on both sides by scale framework to firmly and securely hold livestock in place while weighing. The exterior easy-close latch is inaccessible to livestock for safety.

•Available With or Without Livestock Pen and Gates
•Extreme Accuracy to Within 1/2 lb
•Up to 5,000-lb Capacity

Cardinal Scale’s NTEP-certified SLS series offers extreme durability and USA-made high-quality construction for weighing cattle, swine, horses, sheep, goats, and more. The side-access stainless steel junction box avoids complicated access beneath the scale, and the stainless steel TB load cells are USA made by Cardinal Scale. Stainless steel flex conduit protects the wiring.

Cardinal Livestock Scales Deck Only Model

Ten deck-only models are also available in a variety of sizes and capacities, which are ideal for horse weighing or versatile integration into pre-existing chutes and pens.

For additional information and product recommendations please contact authorized distributor Central Carolina Scale at 919-776-7737

Frozen Yogurt Scale Choices For Store Owners

As the temperatures start to rise so does our craving for a cup of ice cold frozen yogurt. And, with yogurt shops opening up all around it’s important to take a look at some of the weighing options available to shop owners since they need to make a profit in order to keep operating.

Years ago most frozen yogurt shops dispensed the yogurt themselves and then handed the customer the finished product. However, today the popular trend is to allow each customer to purchase and dispense their own yogurt. This allows the customer to fill the cup as much or as little as they wish. The customer can also place toppings on the yogurt as well. scales for weighing frozen yogurt by the ounceThen once the customer completely finishes customizing their frozen yogurt creation they place it on the scale and find out how much money they owe. Typically this cost has been around 49 cents per ounce.

As for scale choices, basically you have several different options. All of these should display weight in ounces and be NTEP approved legal for trade.

1. Basic counter top digital scale
2. Price Computing Scale
3. Point of Sale Scale

So what is the best scale for weighing frozen yogurt by the ounce? The basic counter top scale would simply display weight. Most smaller shops on a tight budget might consider these or perhaps use these behind the counter as a portion control device. Some popular choices in this category of product would be the Detecto AP series, Doran PC500 or CAS SW series.

Many frozen yogurt store owners rely on standard price computing scales. They’re fairly inexpensive and pretty simple to use. This is nice because you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to buy a couple of scales and it’s pretty easy to train your staff to use the scales. Most of the time you would program in the price per ounce and the tare weight of the cup. The staff member then presses a couple of buttons and the scale displays the price per ounce. Some popular choices in this category are the CAS S2000 JR, Rice Lake RS130 and Detecto DM15.

The point of sale scale is also an option for owners. This is normally a digital scale that includes a small digital readout connected by a cable to a small weighing platform. The digital readout is plugged into your cash register and is programmed to display weight in your system. Obviously, if you choose this route you need to work with your cash register provider or software provider to determine what scales will work for this application since there will be some connecting and programming involved. Some popular choices in this category are the CAS PD-II and Brecknell 6700 series.

Exclusive iTunes Gift Codes with Specific OHAUS Purchases

First off we have to mention, no this is no April Fools joke. Ohaus has put together a nice offer for customers though. Purchase any of the ten  balances and scales listed below and you will receive anywhere from a $10 to a $50 iTunes gift codes. You will need to submit your invoice and proof of purchase by clicking here. This promotion is perfect for purchasing your favorite music, apps, shows, movies, and games. This offer is only available for a limited time so you will need to contact your Ohaus distributor today.

Explorer High Capacity
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Adventurer AX
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Defender 7000
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Defender 5000
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Ranger 7000
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Ranger 3000
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Valor 7000
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Valor 3000
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Valor 2000 & 4000
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Discontinuation Notice: Avery Weigh-Tronix E1070 Indicator

Due to the success of the new Avery Weigh-Tronix ZM range of Indicators, the E1070 has been discontinued. The discontinuation is effective immediately as the tooling for the enclosure can no longer meet the factory’s Quality Standards. The 1080 is still available for panel mount applications.

Avery Weigh-Tronix will continue to provide E1070 service spares (service parts) as long as components are available, for up to five years.

Discontinued part numbers: All E1070 variations

Recommended Replacements
The ZM303 and other ZM indicator models can provide similar solutions and the panel-mount 1080, which closely duplicates the E1070, are potential substitutions.

Updates to Rice Lake 480 Legend Series Weight Indicator

Rice Lake’s Legend™ Series indicators now include models with an LCD display and numeric keypad. All models share the same enclosure, firmware and options—only the operator interface differentiates each. You choose the display and keypad best suited for your customer; either bright, LED for indoor applications or LCD for low power consumption or direct sunlight applications.

rice lake 480 legend weighing indicator

Model ………………….. Display ……….. Numeric Keypad
480 Legend ……… LED Display …………….. NO
482 Legend ……… LCD Display …………….. NO
480 Plus …………. LED Display …………….. YES
482 Plus …………. LCD Display ……………. YES

The Legend Series now includes new options in addition to the analog and relay output. All models can be populated with two option boards, either control or interface and an internal rechargeable battery.

Internal rechargeable battery features:
• Auto-sleep and wake-up setting
• Backlight time out

Upgraded protective cord grips preserve the NEMA 4X/IP66 rating with USB or RJ45 cables. Rice Lake’s Legend Series Version 1.03 firmware now gives you a choice of two digital filters: traditional averaging filter (previously used in the IQ+355) or advanced adaptive filter that can be set for the amount of noise you need to Continue reading Updates to Rice Lake 480 Legend Series Weight Indicator

Pizza Foodservice Scales Can Save You Money on Ingredients

The Pizza foodservice industry knows that ingredients cost money. Whether it’s cheese or pepperoni, the costs add up as you add each ounce of mouthwatering toppings. The costs can really add up if you have pizza makers throwing piles of cheese on a pie without measuring. That’s where a good digital scale can save the day. It’s also a good idea to add a scale into the process for consistency as well. We’ve all ordered items before and noticed if something was consistently good or varied from one order to the next. So there is definitely a customer satisfaction component as well.

DETECTO’s unique 360-degree-rotating-platform RP30 series pizza scales with round or rectangular stainless steel platters allowing pizza production to be performed (and measured) on the scale during every step of the process to eliminate excess usage of high-cost ingredients.

The Detecto RP30 digital ingredient scale features a 30 lb x 0.1 oz (15 kg x 5 g) capacity, a six digit, seven segment, 0.5 inch (13 mm) high backlit LCD display, weight accumulator memory to store the weighs of total ingredients being used, and a built in rechargeable battery with Auto-Off/Sleep Mode. A robust 360° rotating stainless steel platform tray ensures even distribution of ingredients, available as a round 13 inch (330 mm) or rectangular 17 x 13 inch (432 x 330 mm) variation. The RP30R is a Rotating Platter Scale, 13″ Round Platter and the RP30S is a Rotating Platter Scale, 13″ x 17″ Platter. Adding a digital pizza scale to your pie making can lead to less ingredient costs and increased customer satisfaction.

Made in the USA Floor Scale

Ok, for all you folks who want to buy Made in the USA products we’re calling your name. For a limited time only, you can get your hands on the Cardinal Scale Ruggedweigh floor scale system at a super price. This is a Made in the USA weight indicator the 180. This is a Made in America floor scale called the Ruggedweigh. Finally, this includes four stainless steel Cardinal load cells. Basically, this is about as Made in America as you’re going to find for an industrial floor scale in 2015. This scale can be used all over the warehouse and is great for weighing pallets.

Now answers to a couple of the frequently asked questions we have received so far.

Is this going to cost $400 like the scales I see on ebay? No way. The scales that are priced that low typically have very little if any quality control. We test drove a few of those over the past several years and the performance and quality varied on the items we tested. Even the packaging varied from pretty good to horrible. So, with those types of scales, you never quite know what you’re going to get. At least that was our experience.

Is this special offer going to be extended? No it will not be extended as far as we know. We will of course try to keep the deal going as long as possible but this is a limited time offer and is really geared towards the Patriotic customer who wants to buy Made in the USA scale products but needs a price break in order to help them do this. Cardinal has built up some stock in anticipation of high demand for this scale system.

made in the USA floor scale

Can I buy accessories or change indicators? Yes you can switch indicators and purchase things like ramps. If you vary from the standard Ruggedweigh with 180 system, it will have to be quoted as a new system which may not be priced as aggressively since this special originates through the scale manufacturer.

Where can I purchase this system?  There are several ways to purchase this floor scale system. The easiest way to purchase a made in America floor scale is probably  to work directly with a scale sales person and discuss your particular needs along with products and options available.  If you are interested please don’t hesitate though because this is a limited time offer.