When it comes to choosing the correct scale product, it could be quite challenging these days. A product could be weighed on many different types of scales. but, by simply getting a reading, it does not mean you have the correct scale setup. Also, With so many different brands, options & The E-Commerce market in place. How do you really choose the right scale?
at sellEton Scales we understand customers needs & the simple fact that not everyone is a scale expert. Therefore, we have created a guide that you can use in order to distinguish the proper measurement device.
Questions you should get answers to:
1) What type of application are you going to use the scale for?
B) light duty
C) medium duty
D) heavy duty
E) Super duty
2) Are you purchasing this scale for a business?
if it is for business, are you going to put it in commercial use? in other words giving or accepting money based up on the weight.
if so, you will need an NTEP certified scale. Unless you are in these states ( TX, RI, ND, VT)
to learn about NTEP scales, please watch our video below:
If it’s for non-commercial use. You can use a Non-NTEP scale. but in general NTEP scales are much more accurate vs. regular scales. reason being that NTEP or certified (Legal for Trade) scales have to match up to industry standards. Therefore; their frame structure, load cells, junction box & indicators are higher quality.
3) What is the correct platform size?
The general rule is that the item or product you are weighing should not hang over the scale platform. or touch any other surface. For example; in case of floor scales, many choose to use smaller size floor scales to save money. but the reality of the matter is that you can be overloading one side of the scale. which over time the load cell can decrease in accuracy or completely stop working.
In addition, in warehousing operations having a bigger floor scale is not a bad idea. It saves time for forklift operators in loading & unloading. Also, you decrease the chance of bumping into the floor scales as you will have better visibility.
4) Capacity & Accuracy
Now this one of the most important aspects of choosing the correct scale. As you don’t want to max out or get close to capacity of the scale all the time. you want the scale to have enough room to be able to weigh with best accuracy, with-out putting the load cell or load cells under stress.
Imagine this; if a scale has 100 lbs capacity & everyday you are weighing items that are 90 lbs. it may work great for some time but in the long run it can give you errors in reading & not stay accurate. as you are pushing the load cells or load cells to close to max capacity.
5) Indoor scale vs. outdoor scales
If you are going to use a scale indoors, going with an LED or LCD displays are both fine. but for outdoor scales LCD is the best choice as LED is hard to see in bright or sun light. unless it is strictly used at night.
Also, if your going to leave a scale outside, then you have to make sure it is equipped with Stainless Steel load cells, water resistant junction box & Stainless Steel indicator.
furthermore, humidity or rust could cause a scale to give errors in reading. That is why Stainless Steel upgrades are recommended for outdoors scales.
These are few tips to keep in mind when buying a scale. You may contact us direct if you wish to speak with one of our scale experts!
The general freight carriers in the US offer two types of service, Full Truckload (FTL) service or Less-Than-Truckload (LTL). While the FTL carrier moves full containers or trucks of products from one customer, the LTL carrier moves goods from many different customers on one truck.
In tough economical times or busy seasons, too often we see that many of our customers prior of purchasing our Umbrella package. Have had to deal with being overcharged for not having the correct scale setup. LTL companies provide over- weight freight charges to customers & there is not much that customers can do but to pay.
Allow us to explain this Dilemma:
Many business operations think just because they own a floor scale, they are safe from overcharges or disputes. but the truth of the matter is that a regular floor scale alone is not good enough for any type of reference to fight back over-charges.
You are simply weighing the pallet, crate, boxes of items but don’t have any proof or evidence that your scale is showing the accurate weight. Again, owning a scale does not mean that it is accurate. Even if it is brand new!
So what is the solution? How do we go about having the correct setup ?
After years of experience in the industry, We at SellEton Scales have come up with the Umbrella package solution to protect our customers from any extra shipping charges.
our Umbrella package is equipped with:
PS-FS4848 with PS-IN105P & Certificate of calibration
This scale setup is equipped with 48” x 48” Standard Pallet size Floor scale, Ps-IN105P indicator that is equipped with a label printer & a Certificate of Calibration. The indicator has the ability of printing Date, Weight & time. In addition, you can get label prints from this unit & stick on your freight. To make such weighing process official & holding in the logistic world. we will calibrate the scale with at least 1000 lbs & provide our customers with a Certificate.The certificate is good for at least 1 year.
Now with such scale system you can weigh without having any worries. Furthermore, the logistic companies can see that you have a scale setup that has the functions of printing Date, weight & time. If they wish to challenge your shipment, you will simply provide them with the Certificate of calibration.
Selleton’s Complete packing Solutions will enhance your business in many different ways. Our robotic arms & machinery will package your products from A-Z.
- List of some of the Machinery:
- Automatic Box opener
- Automatic label Machine
- Automatic Box Taping Machine
- Automatic In-line Stretch wrapper
- Automatic Strapper
- Verticle strapper
- Horizontal Strapper
- Robotic Arms ( over 15 different types)
Why Complete packing solutions ?
- Increase speed in Product Packaging
- Faster operations
- Safer work Environment
- Decrease in packaging & material cost
- less man power
For better assistance provide us with information below:
- Type of business
- Business & operation goals
- Information about warehouse facility such as: Sq Ft, Ceiling height, warehouse area blue print, location.
- Any other information that you like to share.
Contact us today!
The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.
The SOLAS amendments provide that there are two methods shippers may use to determine the container weight once the container packing process has taken place. This requirement will apply globally. Shippers, freight forwarders, vessel operators, and terminal operators will all need to establish policies and procedures to ensure the implementation of this regulatory change.
Because there have been questions about what the specific nature of the SOLAS changes are, the World Shipping Council provides the following basic synopsis of the SOLAS requirement.
Basic Principles Under the SOLAS Requirement
1. Before a packed container can be loaded onto a ship, its weight must be determined through weighing.1 It is a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container aboard a vessel
1 In the absence of a shipper providing a verified gross mass of a packed container, that container “shall not be loaded on to the ship”. SOLAS Chapter VI, Regulation 2, paragraph 6. The IMO Guidelines, Section 6, also state: “A container packed with packages and cargo items should not be loaded onto a ship to which the SOLAS regulations apply unless the master or his representative and the terminal representative have obtained, in advance of vessel loading, the verified actual gross mass of the container.”
Packed containers for which a verified weight was provided prior to loading in a preceding load port may be loaded in transshipment ports without having to have their weights re-verified if the port terminal in the transshipment port has been advised of this by the operator of the arriving vessel.
to which SOLAS applies without a proper weight verification. There is no exception to this requirement.
2. Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two permissible methods for weighing: Method 1, which requires weighing the container after it has been packed, or Method 2,2 which requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.
3. Estimating weight is not permitted. The shipper (or by arrangement of the shipper, a third party) has a responsibility to weigh the packed container or to weigh its contents. Under either Method, the weighing equipment used must meet national certification and calibration requirements. Further, the party packing the container cannot use the weight somebody else has provided, except in one specific set of defined circumstances.3
4. A carrier may rely on a shipper’s signed weight verification to be accurate. The carrier does not need to be a “verifier” of the shipper’s weight verification. Nor do the SOLAS amendments require a carrier to verify that a shipper providing a verified weight according to Method 2 has used a method which has been certified and approved by the competent authority of the jurisdiction in which the packing and sealing of the container was completed. However, it is important to note that, for the shipper’s weight verification to be compliant with the SOLAS requirement, it must be “signed”, meaning a specific person representing the shipper is named and identified as having verified the accuracy of the weight calculation on behalf of the shipper.4
2 The IMO Guidelines state that Method 2 “would be inappropriate and impractical” for “certain types of cargo items (e.g., scrap metal, unbagged grain and other cargo in bulk)” that “do not easily lend themselves to individual weighing of the items to be packed in the container.” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 7.2.2.
3 The one exception is as follows: “Individual, original sealed packages that have the accurate mass of the packages and cargo items (including any other material such as packing material and refrigerants inside the packages) clearly and permanently marked on their surfaces, do not need to be weighed again when they are packed into the container.” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 7.2.1. This does not permit estimating the cargo weight, but permits using accurate weights that have been clearly and permanently marked on individual, original sealed packages (e.g., flat screen TVs that have their weight (e.g. X kg.) marked by the manufacturer on the box containing the TV).
There is no exception for co-loaded containers. The IMO Guidelines are clear that the shipper named on the ocean carrier bill of lading is the party responsible for providing the container’s verified gross mass. IMO Guidelines, paragraph 7.3. Thus, the “master” forwarder named on the ocean carrier’s bill of lading is responsible for the accurate cargo weight verification of all the cargo from all the co-loading forwarders using the container, and may not simply pass on cargo weights that may have been declared by those other forwarders.
4 “The shipping document shall be: .1 signed by a person duly authorized by the shipper; and .2 submitted to the master or his representative …”. SOLAS Chapter VI, Regulation 2, paragraph 1. “This
5. The lack of a signed shipper weight verification can be remedied by weighing the packed container at the port. If the marine terminal does not have equipment to weigh the container and provide a verified weight, alternative means must be found to obtain a verified container weight; otherwise, the packed container may not be loaded on to the ship.5
6. When a marine terminal receives a packed export container that does not have a signed shipper weight verification, there will need to be processes in place at the terminal for obtaining the weight of such containers and using such weights in the vessel stow plan. Terminals and carriers will need to agree on how these situations will be handled.
7. If a packed container is weighed at the load port, that weight is to be used for vessel stow planning.6
8. Vessel stow plans should use verified weights for all packed containers loaded on board.
document can be part of the shipping instructions to the shipping company or a separate communication (e.g., a declaration including a weight certificate produced by a weigh station).” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 3.13. “he document should clearly highlight that the gross mass provided is the “verified gross mass” as defined in paragraph 3.” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 8. “Irrespective of its form, the document declaring the verified gross mass of the packed container should be signed by a person duly authorized by the shipper. The signature may be an electronic signature or may be replaced by the name in capitals of the person authorized to sign it.” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 9.
5 “If the shipping document, with regard to a packed container, does not provide the verified gross mass
and the master or his representative and the terminal representative have not obtained the verified gross mass of the packed container, it shall not be loaded on to the ship.” Regulation 2, paragraph 1. “Notwithstanding that a shipper is responsible for obtaining and documenting the verified gross mass of a packed container, situations may occur where a packed container is delivered to a port terminal facility without the shipper having provided the required verified gross mass of the container. Such a container should not be loaded onto the ship until its gross mass has been obtained. In order to allow the efficient onward movement of such containers, the master or his representative and the terminal representative may obtain the verified gross mass of the packed container on behalf of the shipper. This may be done by weighing the packed container in the terminal or elsewhere. The verified gross mass so obtained should be used in the preparation of the ship loading plan. Whether and how to do this should be agreed between the commercial parties, including the apportionment of costs involved.” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 19.
6 “Any discrepancy between a packed container’s gross mass declared prior to the verification of its gross mass and its verified gross mass should be resolved by use of the verified gross mass.” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 13. “Any discrepancy between a verified gross mass of a packed container obtained prior to the container’s delivery to the port terminal facility and a verified gross mass of that container obtained by that port facility’s weighing of the container should be resolved by use of the latter verified gross mass obtained by the port terminal facility.” IMO Guidelines, paragraph 14.
SellEton has done it once Again!
SellEton’s Smart Scales have the capability to be connected to your computers, tablets and Smartphones via USB, Bluetooth, Wifi and Radio Frequency channels.
SellEton carries Many different inexpensive softwares so you can process, save, print and distribute the weighing data on your devices.
Smart scales could easily enhance your productivity and save your labor costs. At sellEton we strive to provide Excellent product & service!
Even if you are not ready for the Smart Scales additional options, it is always a good idea to purchase a “Smart Scale Ready” device so you can upgrade them anytime you think it’s time.
Our PS-FS-BT is an inventory controller & problem solver for All Ice cream stores.
One of the biggest problems In the Ice cream industry is inventory & Ice cream portion control. Many Ice cream stores have a hard time keeping track of Scoops & sells.
SellEton has come up with the solution for the ice cream industry!
Our Ice Cream Scales have bluetooth capability, which allows the scale to send weight data automatically to your PC. The information will travel through our Ice Cream software & will automatically save to a CSV file.
In addition, The scale could be set to show different colors for Over or under weight. This way employees could have an idea of how much Ice cream to give out.
- Capacity: 15 lbs x 0.002 lb (240oz x 0.05oz)
- Surface material: Food Grade 304 Stainless Steel
- Platform Size: 12″ x 9″
- Power: 12v AC/DC adapter or built-in Battery ( Included)
Since Selleton is a manufacturer of Scale products, we have the capability of building any scale Size & Capacity. We use first class carbon steel which can handle minimum of 10,000 lb weights.
Secrets on how to grow in a Recycling business!
You are nice to your customers & pay them fairly. But Competition is our there – and it is though. So what can you do to bring customers to your place instead of others?
We at Selleton.com would like to share a few ideas with you that no one in the industry is willing to share. After years of research & experience with our recycling customers, we have come to the Solution that being successful in the recycling business, In one Sentence is:
Simply, Having the right tools!
Believe it or not, only 10% of all recyclers buy the right tools! Here is what successful recyclers buy & the reason of their purchase:
A very Accurate legal for Trade Scale
It is law to have a Certified NTEP ( Legal for trade) Scale. But lets think a little further. on what can make you different than others:
Framing the Certification & hanging it on the wall, so your customers see you are in compliance with the law.
Having a clean,accurate & legal for trade scale is great presentation to anyone that see’s it.
2. A Score board & a printer
The right weight is what your customers care about. If your are kind enough to let the customers see the readout when weighing the items, you are one big step closer to success. Then the printer prints out the weight information for your customer, which will make you look professional & honest.
3. A Certified Software for the recycling industry
You may wonder why you would need a software program. Since your mission is to run a successful recycling center. You will need a Certified software that will save you time processing your orders. If your saving time & processing faster, that would mean less wait time for customers. Ultimately, more business & happier customers!
Diamond cut surface is used for anti-slipping. In addition, We have the ability to build scales or ramps in 201 / 304 Stainless Steel.
Simply provide us with Measurements, Capacity & what you are weighing.
You may also provide any other information & we will respond to you with a quote with-in 24 hours!