5 Advantages of using crane scales

With capacities up to 20,000kg, Marsden Crane Scales are ideal for heavy duty weighing.

Each of our heavy duty weighing scales bring their own merits, and every environment has a different need which may require a different type of scale.



Crane scales are often compared with platform scales for what they can bring to an organisation. We previewed the advantages of platform scales here – so now it is time for crane scales to go under the microscope. Here are 5 advantages of using crane scales.

Advantage 1: High capacity and high accuracy

At Marsden we have four off-the-shelf products in our range suitable for weighing greater than 3000kg capacities: The AP-100 and AP-200 Axle Pads for vehicle weighing, and the OCS-X and OCS-Z Crane Scales for weighing heavy goods.

Despite the high capacity, crane scales are still highly accurate. Crane scales begin at 0.01kg on the OCS-L.

Anita Mitchell of Dunlop Aircraft Tyres told Marsden in a case study this year, “Every aspect of making an aircraft tyre is crucial, especially the weight – so accurate scales are crucial in this environment.”

She ordered the OCS-S1 Crane Scale to meet her needs for accuracy. The OCS-S1 has accuracies from 0.05kg.

Advantage 2: Weigh awkwardly shaped items

Crane scales are also perfect for weighing awkwardly shaped items. Though Marsden platform scales feature large base dimensions, often crane scales are better suited to weighing so-called awkward goods.

To use a crane scale for weighing these types of items, first ensure the object that you are weighing has a secure handle or attachment for lifting, then use the scale’s hook to hold the item for weighing.

Advantage 3: Compact nature saves floor space

Crane scales are very compact so it is possible to fit them into a restricted space where a platform scale would be impractical. Thus, there is no need to set aside a certain amount of floor space for weighing.

Advantage 4: Save time and labour costs

Portable crane scales can be taken to the items that need to be weighed, rather than having to transport the goods to the area of weighing.

Anita from Dunlop Aircraft Tyres told us, “The main benefit to our business is we don’t have to physically take the tyre to the weighing station.”

This means that the time and manpower that may have been needed to move heavy or awkwardly shaped items can be saved – and time and resources can be utilised more effectively.

Advantage 5: Improvements in safety

Using a crane scale is safer as risks involved in transporting items to the scale could be reduced.  As a stage in the process is missed out, the workplace also benefits from time efficiencies. Goods can be moved and weighed at the same time.

A crane scale also reduces the need for fork truck traffic, which is another hazard for employees to consider.

To browse the full range of crane scales click here. Read how using a crane scale helped Dunlop Aircraft Tyres here.

For more advantages of using crane scales and information about products in our range, call 01709 364296 or contact us here.

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