Having accurate scales in trade settings and on earthmoving machinery is integral. In ports, dumps, and garden centres, accurate scales ensure you’re not charging too much or too little for your goods and services.
On earthmoving machinery, accurate scales ensure adherence to load-bearing capacities and keep machine operators safe from overloading the machine and causing an accident.
Even the highest quality industrial scales become less accurate over time, so it’s important to get them calibrated every 12 months generally, every 6 months in strenuous environments, or every time major hydraulic work is done on them. But how do you do it? Position Partners tells how to get your industrial scales calibrated.
Step 1 – Who is Position Partners
Position Partners provide industrial-scale calibration services and accurate weighing solutions for earthmoving machinery. Its RDS on-board weighing systems provide weight information on an easy-to-read control box mounted inside the cab. All its industrial-scale calibration technicians are trained by the product manufacturer. Position Partners provides its scale calibration services on-site from its local service centers.
Step 2 – Choose the right time
Getting your industrial scales calibrated and recalibrated takes time, and you can’t use the scales during that time. That means it’s best to schedule a technician to come out to your workshop, depot, or job site when business is quiet, to ensure as little interference with productivity as possible. If you know you’re busy in November, for example, maybe avoid that month for booking a calibration.
Scale calibration takes about a day, but the exact time depends on how big the scale is. The more weight a scale is designed to take, the longer it takes to calibrate.
Step 3 – Get your mates in on it
Industrial-scale calibration technicians are usually stationed in cities or regional hubs, so travel costs to a rural area can be quite high. One way to reduce this cost is to ask other businesses in the area if they need their scales calibrated, and organize to get it done all in one go. That way, you can share the costs involved in bringing the technician out to your area.
Position Partners’ licensed technicians are stationed in every state and capital city in Australia.
Step 4 – Prepare your machine
Your industrial scales should be well maintained in all other aspects before calibration. If the scale is broken or damaged, the damage may affect the calibration service. If the scale is calibrated while damaged, the calibration could be inaccurate once it is serviced. In extreme cases, the scale could be deemed unfit for use before the calibration occurs.
While industrial-scale calibration amends for the natural wear-and-tear of scale use, if there are underlying problems causing the scale’s inaccuracy, those should be addressed before the technician arrives on site.
For machine scales, getting the scale calibrated on an otherwise damaged machine is like putting new wheels on a broken-down car. There’s no use in having accurate machine scales if the loader or excavator cannot safely lift the load it’s weighing.
Step 5 – Calibrate and verify your machine
According to Australia’s National Measurement Institute (NMI), trade measurement law states that scales used for trade must be “reverified after repair or adjustment”. Position Partners’ technicians can verify your industrial scales directly after calibration. They send off some paperwork to the NMI for record-keeping purposes, but you don’t need to wait for anything to come back.
If the instrument doesn’t pass verification, the technician will assess why, and if it is scale-related, try to fix the issue then and there. If it is not scale-related, the technician must remove the previous verification sticker and notify the NMI. Position Partners technicians will let you know what is broken and ask you to re-book calibration once the machine is fixed.
If you are getting your industrial-scale calibrated for non-trade uses, it does not have to go through the verification process. Learn more about what makes a scale trade vs non-trade here.
Step 6 – Position Partner’s regular scale calibration service
Industrial scales need to be re-calibrated every 6-12 months depending on the stress of the environment, or whenever the machine has any major hydraulic work completed. After servicing your scale, Position Partners technicians can offer a regular scale calibration service based on the frequency that the industrial scale is used, the surrounding environment, their age, their manufacturer, and whether they’re moved from place to place frequently.
Source: Position Partners