Why Your Scale Is Costing You More Than You Think

Updated: January 24, 2021

Overview

In 2018, B2B ecommerce sales surged past the $1 trillion mark for the first time ever. Now, in 2020, online shopping continues to grow at a rapid pace. Scales of every size and application are no exception. We’ve seen everything from truck scales to food and beverage scales become more widely available on the internet during the past five to ten years. But is that a good thing for customers? When it comes to buying a scale online, the decision-making process frequently centers on price – not necessarily the applications or features of the scale itself. When buying a scale, consider:

  • Is it legal for trade?
  • Does the scale arrive calibrated?
  • Will the scale hold up in the environment where it's used?
  • How is the scale constructed?
  • What is the resolution of the scale?
  • Who will service the scale?

The price of a scale is just one of many factors to consider.

Sacrificing Accuracy Costs You Money.

In some scenarios, buying the lowest priced scale could cost you much more in the long run. A cheaper scale rarely has the durability and longevity of a quality-made scale. Additionally, a cheaper scale often sacrifices resolution or repeatability which can lead to inconsistencies in accuracy, as the scale will not deliver consistent results. In some applications, this could result in millions of dollars of losses per year. For example, the B-TEK High Resolution Counting Scale (HRCS) has a one billion internal count resolution thanks to the incredible accuracy of the Quartzell transducer. Additionally, our HRB Digital Bench Scale, which is mostly used in straight-weigh applications, also offers a one billion internal count resolution. How much could such precision save your company over the course of a fiscal year?

Does Your New Scale Come With the Support You Need?

When purchasing a scale, there’s always more to consider than the hardware itself. Who will install the scale? Who will calibrate it? What is the process for registering the scale as legal for trade? How will you obtain future service, including both regular maintenance and unforeseen repairs?

When you're buying a new scale for your business, you're also buying support and expertise. B-TEK has a distributor base of over 120 companies in North America, which allows us to provide superior, personal service and expert knowledge about local, state, and federal regulations.

We have rarely seen a customer who purchased a scale without consulting a salesperson be happy with that decision years later. Many times, these customers quickly return to the market because they need to replace the scale that didn't fit the application or function as intended.

Why Choose a B-TEK Scale?

We started in the service industry. We know tough environments and have worked in them for over 90 years. Our roots go back to the demanding steel industry in Northeastern Ohio. Being called upon to build scales that would hold up to off-road vehicle traffic while withstanding winters on Lake Erie is how we started manufacturing. We build scales that handle one million pounds and scales that handle less than one pound. We share the same principles down through everything we design. Your scale generates revenue for your business and you should expect it to be reliable! See, for example:

  • Off Road Vehicle Scale
  • Floor Scales
  • Bench Scales
  • Counting Scales

Custom and Retrofit Scales

Though we are proud to sell numerous “off-the-shelf” scale solutions, we frequently create custom-designed solutions for customers in a variety of industries. From agriculture and farming to manufacturing and chemicals, there is nothing that we haven’t seen.

Digital Load Cell Technology

We are one of the only companies in the world to manufacture digital load cells – electronics that are smart and intuitive. Industry-leading warranties, predictive error logging, automatic data uploading and protection against lightning strikes/surges are just a few of the things that we guarantee with our TRUDigital technology.

How Can We Help You?

Don’t choose a scale based on price alone. Let us help you find the right solution that will serve your company for many years to come. Purchasing a scale with the proper accuracy, support, and compliance is where you will truly save money. For more information, contact us online or by calling 800.266.8900.