Weighing scales find use every day in businesses all across the world. But eventually like essentially any good, they can show signs of wear and tear. When these indicators arise, it could mean it’s time to retire the weighing scales from use. So let’s look now at 5 signs your weighing scales need replacing.
1. The Scale isn’t Turning On
When it comes to issues with a digital weighing scale, clear evidence it needs replacing arises when it simply won’t switch on. When it does come time to replace, take a look at the range available from RS Components. It’s always prudent to do a battery check in such instances. This is the case even if batteries were recently put in. Nonetheless, if after a battery swap the scale still won’t power up, unfortunately it could mean the scale is unlikely to ever turn on again.
2. Unclear Readings
An additional sign a digital weighing scale needs replacing arises when there’s an issue with the screen. This applies whether the screen isn’t powering on but other parts of the scale could be (such as a power button still lighting up), or the screen is simply displaying garbled information. It may also be still correctly displaying some aspects of the weighing information, but no longer all necessary data as it did prior. Analog devices won’t have issues with electronic displays, but it’s possible the scale (or its protective cover) could get scratched, or otherwise become unreadable over time.
3. Unsteady Readings
When a weighing scale is functioning properly the readings it provides should be steady. Once an item is weighed, it should – after a brief period of assessment by the scales – settle on a final weight which is displayed in its reading. If by contrast a scale continues to oscillate between varying weights, it could be a clear indicator the scale has seen better days.
4. Inaccurate Readings
If there’s any suspicions a scale is no longer accurate, often this is the case. And inaccurate readings can certainly become a real headache fast. Sometimes the scale may need to just be recalibrated – and utilising a proper weight calibration kit can help ensure this is done with precision – but inaccurate readings can sometimes continue to occur despite these steps. In such circumstances, it can be an indicator there’s a deeper problem at play with the weighing scales that can’t be fixed.
5. It just Looks Damaged
Often the most obvious sign there’s a problem with the scales can simply be that they appear damaged. Sudden accidents can happen, as well as general wear and tear that cause damage over time. Although it’s possible a scale may look damaged but still be able to perform fine, ultimately if it looks like it’s no longer able to function properly that can be a real sign the scale should be replaced. Being proactive in doing so could help avoid issues with the faulty scale arising later on.
Weighing Up the Benefits
Deciding when it’s time to replace a weighing scale can be a challenge. But when it’s providing unsteady, unclear, or inaccurate readings, there’s a strong case for doing so. The same applies if the scale simply will not turn on, or looks visibly damaged. Replacing a scale that has an issue like this – or all of them! – can help provide peace of mind surrounding a scale’s performance when operating this immensely useful piece of equipment.