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.
Trade Approved scales are used in a wide range of industries. When price is based on weight it is a legal requirement that the scale used is Trade Approved.
A failure to use Trade Approved scales for this purpose means your business can incur heavy fines. Craig Fisher from Trading Standards told a recent Marsden white paper: “The fines can be level 3 - which means in excess of £1000 - for matters in relation to inappropriate use, manner of erection of equipment etc. But for all other matters it would be an unlimited fine.”
Not every industrial scale need can be matched with a standard product - sometimes a bespoke weighing scale is needed to meet your specific requirements.
Regardless of industry, whether it is a bench, platform or counting scale, and whether it needs to be a Trade Approved scale or not - the highly skilled Marsden team can build a bespoke weighing solution exactly to your needs.
But how can you work out what you require, and what should you do next? Ask yourself the following questions, or contact us here and our team will help guide you through the process.
Accurate and reliable industrial weighing scales are essential for many businesses.
As is the case with most technological products, over time industrial weighing scales become less and less reliable. Marsden, with over 90 years' weighing experience, encourages backing your industrial scales with a service contract to ensure they continue to weigh accurately.
A service contract will help to prolong the life of your weighing scales, and give you greater confidence in their accuracy and reliability. Inevitably, at some point in the future all scales will reach their end of life. To make sure you're replacing your scales at the right time, here are five signs to look out for.
Inventory control, accurate shipments, value for money and reduced wastage: These are all benefits that counting scales bring to a business.
Counting scales make counting of multiple items much faster, and can be much more accurate than counting items by hand. A typical job for a counting scale is counting small items of identical weight, like nuts and bolts.
The Jadever JIK indicator is extremely versatile and built for automating weighing processes, as well as recording weight information by sending readings to a printer or PC.
For such a complex indicator we felt a video was needed to show you exactly what it can do, and the benefits it can bring to your business.
Marsden Weighing Group understand the importance of space in business. The less space is needed for equipment, the smaller the premises that are required - resulting in potentially lower overheads.
As a result, many of Marsden’s industrial weighing scales are designed to be space-efficient. Many of our bench scales are small and portable; our axle pads are designed for easy storage and our pit mounted scales are are practically undetectable when not in use.