What is Scale Calibration?
The accuracy of a weighing scale can slip with time, often as a result of normal use, dust accumulation, or simply age—a process known as drift. Thus, Scale calibration is the act of verifying and adjusting a scale's accuracy using test standards of a known, documented weight. This ensures the scale is performing as it should and is accurate to the manufacturer's stated specifications.
Why is Scale Calibration important?
A scale or balance that is properly calibrated will produce the most accurate and repeatable results. This is especially important in commercial and research applications, where even the smallest weighing errors can result in lost time, productivity, and profits.
Can I get scale calibration on a scale I currently own?
Yes! Scales Plus offers on-site calibration services throughout the state of Michigan. Customers elsewhere in the U.S. can ship us their scales or balances for preventative maintenance and calibration. Our team of certified technicians will provide you with a traceable calibration report as proof that your weighing equipment is displaying accurate and consistent results.
Who needs an NIST-Traceable calibration report?
NIST-traceable calibration reports provide documented proof that the scale you purchased is in good working order and that the scale has been calibrated to meet or exceed the manufacturer's specifications. At Scales Plus, we use calibration weights that are certified by an accredited metrology lab at minimum, every two years and verified against other NIST weights. Certifications are typically required for mid-sized to large manufacturing facilities, laboratories, and any other industries that have strict quality systems.
How does this calibration service work with NTEP-approved scales?
Purchasing an NIST-Traceable calibration report for your new NTEP scale DOES NOT mean your scale is "placed into service". Many states require NTEP (legal-for-trade) scales to be placed into service by a licensed agent of the state's Weights and Measures Department, whether it be a state representative or a third-party technician that is licensed to place scales into service. Calibration must be performed when a scale is being placed into service. Our calibration service would be a secondary check of the scale as a verification that the scale is in good working order before you call to have the scale placed into service.