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The importance of weighing for food manufacturers

July 26, 2022

If you visit any food manufacturing facility, you'll come across many different weighing applications. From floor scales to counting scales and checkweighers, weighing is a huge part of the food manufacturing process. Investing in high-quality, robust and accurate weighing solutions will reduce many risks such as creating out-of-spec products and also help to increase profits.

What are the different types of food manufacturing scales?

Floor scales.

Found in many different areas of a food factory, floor scales are used in goods-in areas for checking the weight of incoming goods matches the order that of the order placed with the supplier. Also found in food production areas, floor scales are also used to weigh larger items such as bulk products, pallets and larger amounts of ingredients. 

Due to the environment they're being used in, it's crucial that the floor scales being used are robust and capable of being washed down without compromising the functionality of the scale. For example, if the scale is being used in a hygiene-sensitive area then a stainless construction along with IP69 loadcells would be needed to ensure they're able to be properly washed down.

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Bench scales.

Bench scales are the ideal method of weighing lower-capacity items in a food production environment. Due to the lower weight of the items they're intended to weigh, it's important that they're highly precise and able to weigh these smaller items at a high rate of accuracy. These scales will more than likely come into direct contact with different foods, again making easy washdown a crucial part of bench scale design.


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Important for both portioning and filling, checkweighers are used to ensure products are within their portion tolerance. For this reason, it's crucial that they're highly accurate as well as easy to wash down. Also used within the packaging process, checkweighers allow users to select a weight range and accept or reject a product based on whether or not the weight falls within the predetermined range.


Food manufacturers need transparency across their operations. The more points that they can collect weighing data, the more they are able to assess the efficiency of their production line. One of the major inefficiencies to crack down on is wastage, being able to highlight and minimise wastage will have a direct impact on profitability and ROI.

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