A legal-for-trade scale - also known as a Trade Approved scale - is one that has been tested and approved for legal use in the buying and selling of goods.
If an unsuitable weighing scale is used in the process of buying or selling based on weight, it is not only illegal but may lead to ‘an unlimited fine’ following a Trading Standards visit. In 2014-15, there were 1045 Trading Standards Inspectors of Weights and Measures, who could visit your business at any time - and penalise you for failing to use Approved scales.
But what are the reasons a scale might be rejected by Trading Standards for legal-for-trade use? Marsden explains.
Pallet truck scales combine a pump truck with a high capacity weighing scale.
A popular choice for factories and warehouses, they allow palletised goods to be weighed quickly and easily.
“We are currently in the process of renovating our warehouse space and looking at ways of improving efficiencies at the same time,” Arville told Marsden in a recent case study - and a pallet truck scale will help them to achieve this.
Being overweight can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke. Therefore, accurate weighing of plus size patients, using appropriate weighing scales, is vital.
A bariatric, or plus size, patient is one who weighs over 159kg (25 stone) or has a BMI greater than 30. However, further patients could be subject to bariatric policies should their weight distribution, size, height and mobility problems determine it.
An accurate industrial scale is essential for many sectors, perhaps none more so than the construction industry which is worth £110 billion per annum to the UK economy.
Construction covers a wide range of professions - many of which use weighing scales as part of their work to ensure goods are accurately built, and ensure defects are avoided or eradicated.
But why is it essential that accurate weighing scales are used in construction? This blog post explains.
Though platform scales and pallet truck scales are suitable for a great amount of heavy duty industrial weighing - sometimes they are not the most appropriate solution. Which is where crane scales come in.
Crane scales are used to weigh objects suspended from a fixed position. Crane scales are equipped to deal with large industrial weighing applications. Marsden crane scales are capable of weighing up to 20,000kg.
Waterproof scales are essential for fishmongers. If a scale without an IP rating is used, it could be at risk of being broken if liquid finds its way into the scale.
The scales listed in this blog post are built to withstand regular use in wet or humid areas, which makes them perfect for fishmongers. Christina Herbert of Macsorsons Fishmongers told Marsden in a case study, “I had been desperately searching for a waterproof scale. We had experience with moisture under the keypad.”
A retail scale, or price computing scale as they are also known, are specialist industrial scales that are used to calculate an item’s price based on its weight.
Commercial weighing scales will typically have displays front and rear - for the user and for the customers. They are perfect for market traders or small shops.
Marsden scales have found their way into countless numbers of places over the years. They are now found in most NHS hospitals, as well as a number of leading organisations in British and overseas industry.
And every so often they pop up on television, too. Last week the B-100 Bench Scale, our best-selling stainless steel scale, made an appearance on BBC One’s Celebrity Masterchef. But this isn’t the first time Marsden scales have been televised - we take a look at some of our TV appearances in recent years.