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Buyer's Guide: Counting Scales

Buying guide: Counting scales


There can’t be many suppliers of industrial scales with as much pedigree as Marsden. We cut our teeth supplying industrial weighing equipment way back in 1926 - and here we are, 90 years later, with a comprehensive, high quality, hand-picked selection of industrial scales.

Our counting scales are no exception. Every counting scale in our range is there for a reason: over the years, we’ve listened to customers and the market, and tailored our offerings accordingly. So, if you’re looking for a counting scale, and you’re not sure which one from our range is the right solution for you - here’s our buying guide.

If you still need a bit of help with choosing counting scales, just get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help you!



What features should you consider when choosing a counting scale?

There is a common myth amongst businesses that all counting scales are the same, and the only thing that varies is the price.

In reality, every counting scale is different, with each suited to a particular business need.


Capacity and Graduation

There is a direct correlation between the scale’s maximum capacity and its weighing accuracy. In other words, the higher the capacity of the scale, the lower the scale’s accuracy will be. When choosing a counting scale, therefore, it is vital to understand the smallest piece weight part that you have, so you can select a scale which can accurately calculate its weight. Choose a scale with the right capacity, thereafter.


PLU’s make parts counting faster and more efficient

Many counting scales are fitted with functions which speed up the weighing process, and in business ‘time is money’.

The Product Look Up tool (PLU) allows several items to be saved to the scale’s memory, saving you the tiresome task of resampling each time.


Negative sampling

If you can choose a counting scale with negative sampling, it enables you to count small pieces more effectively. It allows you to place a bulk container onto the scale, then remove a couple of parts from the sample. The scale will then calculate how much has been taken from the total weight, and from there work out the weight of each part.


Using a second input

Some parts counting scales have a secondary input which allows you to calculate another weighing platform to the scale. This allows you to attach a scale with larger capacity for greater parts counting. Scales can also be connected to a PC, and the weight data can instantly populate a spreadsheet or database.


Choose the perfect counting scale in 3 steps


1. Determine the average piece weight

If you are to be counting lots of different weights, identify the weight of the lightest item. This will allow you to choose the appropriate scale resolution to obtain a precise and accurate weight.


2. Determine the maximum weight

If you are to be counting lots of different weights, identify the weight of the lightest item. This will allow you to choose the appropriate scale resolution to obtain a precise and accurate weight.


3. Choosing your scale

Now you have your capacity and piece weight you can choose your scale. It is common to halve the average piece weight to find a suitable graduation. With the measurements above, the Marsden C-100 or Jadever JCE look the best fit with a capacity of 30kg and graduations to 1g. Also consider other features you may need, such as PLUs or an optional printer.


Jadever JCE Counting Scale

For: Order picking, goods receipt and despatch areas

The Jadever JCE is the ‘entry model’ of our range.

It is unbelievable value for money, because it still boasts a full range of features: Full Tare, overload protection, quantity alarm and accumulation. The durable keypad is also waterproof.

With a very high accuracy to 0.1g, the JCE Counting Scale is perfect for very small items where precision weighing is a must.



Jadever JCA Counting Scale

For: Small to large parts weighing

The JCA is the most popular of our counting scales. The key to this trade approved scale’s popularity is the fact that you can link it to a second scale, it has a good range of capacities and graduations to choose from, and because it has enhanced software installed that makes weighing easier and the ability to count more flexible.

The JCA has multiple applications. For example, a car parts manufacturer needed to parts count small but heavy car parts - so, they used the JCA to find the weight of a single part, taking advantage of the scale’s accuracy for small components.

Then, via the RS-232 port, they connected a platform scale to the JCA. The platform scale was used to weigh a large number of these parts, the platform scale having a much higher capacity than the JCA.



Digi DC-788 Counting Scale

For: Highly precise parts counting

The Digi DC-788 is one of the best value for money counting scales within the Marsden range, and perfect for regular parts counting where a record of weights and items is needed.

It is a trade approved counting scale with a display resolution of 1/7,500 (1/30,000 non approved). The internal counting resolution of the scale is 1/1,000,000 which enables extremely accurate parts counting.

This scale features an impressive range of functions including accumulation, quality alarm, hi/lo check weighing, second scale input, built in overload protection and full range tare. It also has a 100 item memory to store pre-set weights, and a built in data interface for use with PC or printing.

With seven different capacities and graduations to chose from this scale can fit any user's needs.


If you need help with choosing the right counting scale for your needs, just give us a call on 01709 364296.