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Stainless Steel Floor Scales

The accuracy and reliability of a weighing scale is critically important for all businesses, manufacturing industries and retail stores. There are a wide range of certified stainless steel floor scales available in the market to fulfill a variety of weighing applications from shipping to chemical to food processing. There are stainless steel floor scales specifically designed and tested to perform heavy concentrated loading generated from cylinders, vessels and wheeled vehicles and lift-trucks.

There are a number of characteristics that will determine the accuracy and suitability for use in a weighing scale. One of the most important factors is the material that is used. Very often, aluminum is chosen for bench scales and counting scales because it is easy and quite cheap to machine into the desired shapes. But a major advantage of stainless steel is that it has a higher modulus of elasticity, and is therefore much less prone to damage from shock load and overload. Of course another reason to use stainless steel is that it will not be subject to the same type of corrosion as aluminum or even nickel plated steel.

One of the chief characteristics of electronic scales is to accurately measure weight. There are a wide variety of different tasks requiring different types of digital scales. They include parts counting scales, cylinder scales, floor scales, platform scales, bench scales, and crane scales, among others. The environments in which these industrial scales operate vary considerably. For this reason, it would be appropriate for the scale to be provided with a stainless steel version of the transducer, known as a load cell.

Within an average factory situation, there may be somewhat harsher conditions. The scales may be loaded and unloaded using automatic equipment. Again, it is important to use stainless steel load cells instead of aluminum units. This allows the digital scale to withstand shock load and overload situations. There is a greater likelihood that the electronic scale could be subjected to water and high moisture levels. In fact, it may be advisable for the entire industrial scale to be manufactured from stainless steel. This will prevent rust from damaging the scale over time.

Stainless steel construction will protect the scale from most industrial environments. Because of its general corrosion resistance, stainless steel should be used for the general construction of the scale for use in chemical industries. But even stainless steel requires additional protection. A very effective method to offer this protection is to coat the stainless steel with a material that will bond well to the stainless material itself, and will offer excellent protection from the chemical exposure.

Manufacturers use a specially formulated epoxy coating for this purpose. This epoxy includes a polyamine base for its high level of corrosion protection. While the epoxy demonstrates excellent bonding to the stainless steel surface, it is prone to scratches as drums are placed onto the scale platform. To avoid this problem garnet sand is added to the epoxy before application. The garnet particles are extremely hard, protecting the surface of the coating.

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