How Scales Improved the Glove Industry

How Scales Improved the Glove Industry

For glove buyers, glove performance has traditionally been measured with millimeter thickness. What many fail to realize is during the manufacturing process, gloves are produced in such a way that they are thinnest in the wrist area and thickest at the fingertips. Unfortunately, this manufacturing process makes the glove thickness test inaccurate because of the size variations of every glove produced. At the same time, gloves are made so differently the millimeter thickness measurements will always vary based on which part of the glove is measured.

The Jump from Millimeters to Grams

Before 2010, gloves were cheaply manufactured in China where the quality of gloves made were so poor, the gloves did not provide sufficient barrier protection rendering them useless. The glove industry responded by measuring gloves in grams rather than millimeters. Gram weight is the more accurate statistic for the amount of material used in a glove.  Now, most lightweight gloves provide barrier protection for the hand making them popular throughout the United States. Also, gloves are going from being labeled as “thin” and “thick” to lightweight and heavy-duty. Since digital gram scales have been introduced to the glove industry, there is a clear path for glove purchasing decisions because certain glove weights may be better suited for specific applications (construction, farming, package-handling) as opposed to others. The slow move to measuring in grams instead of millimeters will help standardize and regulate the glove industry so that end-users can appreciate the finished product. Overall, purchasing an affordable gram scale is going to be more cost-effective than buying a micrometer.  

Example of a Glove on a Digital Gram Scale

Disposable Vinyl Gloves on Digital Gram Scale

Most industrial gloves come with 0.3 ± gram variation. If your gloves do not, you might consider purchasing some of these ISO 9001 | FDA Approved Disposable Gloves.

Jewelry Scale Shopping Guide

Jewelry Scale Shopping Guide

What is a Jewelry Scale?

A jewelry scale is a digital balance tailored to suit the needs of weighing gold, gemstones and precious metals in various increments. Common types of jewelry scales include portable scales, compact balances and precision balances.

Why Is It Important To Weigh Jewelry?

First and foremost, weighing jewelry is an important factor for determining the value of the product. In simple terms, the heavier or larger the jewelry the higher the value it has on the market. At the same time it is required by law, all jewelers are to weigh jewelry on a NTEP Certified Legal-For-Trade Scale when purchasing or distributing products. From a jeweler’s point of view, using an accurate balance ensures your product is being sold at market value and the highest margin for your product is obtained. At the same time, from the customer’s perspective craftsmanship can go a long way in the industry as size and precision of cuts can be a strong indicator of quality and value.

At every level of jewelry production, raw components must be inspected and weighed to ensure the required specifications are met for the finished product. At the end of production, the jeweler always weighs the diamonds or precious metals to get an indication of what the value of their product is worth and what price they will charge. So, it is imperative that the appropriate analytical scales and precision balances with a high degree of accuracy are used during the manufacturing process and at point of sale.

Selecting the Right Jewelry Scale

Choosing the best diamond scale that will meet all of your weighing needs can be difficult. The first thing a jeweler will want to consider is how they intend to use the scale. Secondly, what will be the maximum weight capacity they will require followed by the minimum readability for display. For those in commercial gold business, you will require trade approved gold scales in order to buy or sell gold. Ultimately, if you are looking for the most precise results, then a durable precision or analytical scale will provide the best data. Essentially, the best jewelry manufacturers have been using the highest quality weighing instruments from world-class manufacturers. 

What Criteria Should I look For In Selecting A Jewelry Scale?

Scales for jewelry can be used in a variety of ways. The most common reason for using a jewelry scale is to determine carat weight of gems. One carat is equal to 0.007055 ounces or two (2) grams, and jewelry balances are capable of accurately displaying carats at low gram readabilities. Gram scales and carat scales are important to have at your jeweler’s side to accurately weigh precious metals during jewelry designing, weigh gemstones during jewelry appraisals, and weigh scrap gold that is bought and sold in the jewelry industry.

Modern Digital Jewelry Scales

Thanks to advances in modern technology, Way Up Scales carries a wide range of highly accurate portable balances. Today’s gemstone scales have features to make weighing jewelry and precious metals easy including auto calibration, the tare button or zeroing, and typically weighing units of measure including grams, ounces, OzT, ct, and dtw pennyweight. A very popular weighing application is gold which is weighed on pennyweight or gram scales. Gems are weighed on carat scales. Postage is weighed on avoirdupois scales and pearls are sometimes weighed on a momme scales. The comprehensive Twelve (12) Gemstone and Precious Metals Conversion Chart below is a tool designed to assist diamond and jewelry scale buyers like yourself:



The more expensive your raw materials, the more precise your scale should be. Jewelry scales can be utilized to count beads or other small components of material used to assemble jewelry. World renowned Legal for Trade Jewelry Scale Manufactures include Ohaus, Mettler-Toledo & AND Engineering.

Why Scale Shoppers Buy From Way Up Scales?

Way Up Scales Selection of High Quality Precision Scales For Legal For Trade Application

Three (3) Helpful Tips To Remember When Using A Bathroom Floor Scale

Three (3) Helpful Tips To Remember When Using A Bathroom Floor Scale

Bathroom Floor Scale

Bathroom scales are not given much thought in today’s world. They’re simply an instrument designed for everyday people to weigh themselves and step off. For most of us, we usually step off the scale and disagree with the weight reading results. With that being said, a bathroom scale is still a very sensitive piece of equipment that should be handled with a lot of care. To ensure your bathroom floor scale’s accuracy and repeatability, check out our bathroom floor scale tips below:

  1. Establish Control Of Your Weighing Environment.

First, ensure you are using your bathroom floor scale in the best location possible which will be a flat, stable, and level surface. Next, stand up properly when recording your weighing measurement and stand still in the center of the platform of the scale until all measurements have settled and displayed. For best results, do not use your scale on a carpet and do not move the scale in-between measurements as results may fluctuate.

  1. Weigh Yourself Once A Week When You Wake Up

Way Up Scales strongly suggest you take each bodyweight measurement under similar conditions for consistent and accurate results. There are many factors that affect your body composition such as water intake, sodium ingesting, daily caloric consumption, etc. So being able to identify each variable will allow you to minimize their influence on your weight measurement. 

Weigh yourself on a regular basis (At most twice a week). Will it be once per week, once per month, or every Tuesday and Saturday? Social Activities such as weekend drinks with friends or gym exercises can leave your body dehydrated and affect your measurement on the scale.

Weigh yourself at the same time (Before you eat or drink). When measuring yourself, select a time of day where your weighing variables can be minimalized. The type of food in your stomach, amount of urine in your bladder, and your level of hydration will vary throughout the day and affect body weight readings on the scale. Weighing yourself at similar times will minimize the effect that inevitable fluctuations have on your body measurements.

Measure yourself with little to no-clothing. Whenever weighing yourself, ensure to minimize the amount of clothes you wear on the scale to ensure the most accurate result. Stepping on the scale with a pair of jeans or a sweater will negatively affect the scale to weigh a lot more than if you are to weigh yourself with just underwear on. To minimize the variable of clothes, wear the same amount of clothing for every scale measurement. The less clothing you are wearing the easier it is to collect accurate body weight results.

  1. If Your Goal Is To Lose Weight, Focus On Adaptation Instead Of Individual Measurements.

The journey to weight loss can be a long, never-ending road with ups-and-downs. To increase your chances of being successful with your weight loss, then begin to record your starting weight or body composition measurements. Then with the help of a Way Up Scales Customer Representative or your dietician; set a goal weight and record your body weight measurements over the period of time. Your continued progress over months and years will prove to be more valuable than any single scale measurement. Giving yourself time for the change to occur combined with consistent hard-work in the gym and consuming healthy foods will push the numbers on your health scale down.

  1. For Best Results… (BONUS TIP)

We recommend using a kitchen scale to track and account for your food consumption. You are going to be hard pressed in progressing and seeing the body improvements that you desire. That is why Way Up Scales encourages customers to eat what they want (within reason) but also to control their macronutrient intake in accordance with proper nutritional guidelines.


Moisture Analysis 101 | Loss on Drying Method (LOD)

Moisture Analysis 101 | Loss on Drying Method (LOD)

What Exactly Is A Moisture Analyzer?

A Moisture Analyzer is equipment used in measuring the content of moisture in liquids and solids. It is utilized to measure the amount of moisture in various materials. This is useful for quality assurance or quality control departments that need to determine the amount of moisture in any given object. Water is one of the most cost effective components of any operations management therefore by using a moisture balance with the right specifications with your application; you will be able to optimize the water concentration as well as your quality control process.

Where Can I Use My Moisture Balance?

Pharmaceutical laboratories, food suppliers, wastewater treatment plants, pulp-paper producers, research and development, college and quality control laboratories are the most common end-users in moisture analysis. If you are looking to test a low level of moisture content (below 1% moisture) please ensure you are measuring with an instrument with high precision and accuracy so that your process is capable. Take for example, if you are measuring moisture in plastics, polymers, pellets more than likely you are going to want to use a balance with readability of 0.1mg to detect a change in mass. This is due to the fact that plastics such as rubber or cellulose are composed of molecules called polymers. These polymers are constructed from smaller molecular components known as monomers, which are joined together.

Why Should I Use A Moisture Analyzer?

Not only is water a very affordable fragment of any operation but it is also one of the easiest to maintain and improve upon. Most moisture analyzers that measure up to 1% moisture weigh approximately 10 pounds (lbs) and are compact so they are easy to operate and carry around. At the same time, there are many moisture balance manufactures you can choose from. Here at Way Up Scales, we don’t try to force any brand or specific models on you. We simply provide you the list of moisture analyzer options suitable for your application, ranging from top manufacturers to the more affordable models for everyday scale users. We distribute Ohaus, A&D Engineering, Radwag, Sartorius, Adam Equipment, and Mettler-Toledo. All of which provide a unique value to our happy customers. We don’t private label or privatize any of our moisture analyzers simply because we respect and acknowledge our manufactures and the efforts they have gone through to produce their equipment.

How Does A Moisture Balance Analyze Water?

A testing sample (liquid or solid) is placed inside a heating chamber. The CPU board then connects to the scale computer where it generates the weight of the sample inside of the chamber. Next, the heating element of the scale is then applied to the testing sample via the scales heating rod contained inside the moisture analyzer. The CPU Board of the moisture balance is then used to measure the weight of the sample in intervals during the moisture analysis process. When the moisture analyzer finishes evaporating and the weight of the testing sample becomes constant, the moisture scale then alerts the end-user that the moisture analysis test has been completed. The moisture analyzer then displays the results of the moisture content of the tested sample by computing the process using the LOD (Loss-On-Drying) Method.

Ohaus Moisture Analyzers MB Series


How Do I Run A Test On My Moisture Analyzer?

By Following Way Up Scales' Three (3) Step Guide:

  1. Tare Your Empty Sample Pan
  2. Load Testing Sample Onto Sample Pan
  3. Press Start And See Your Results

Congratulations! You Just Performed Your First Measurement With Your Brand New Moisture Analyzer.

Safety Tip: Carefully Remove Your Dried Sample Pan From The Heating Chamber Of The Unit When The Test Is Complete.

Who Uses Moisture Analyzers?

Moisture analysis is applicable across a wide variety of industrial applications where precise moisture percentages are monitored as a specification. Or in cases where the moisture content is highly controlled for production or product integrity. Moisture analysis is commonly used in the following industries:

  • Agricultural and soil research
  • Seed and grain development
  • Biomass
  • Chemical analysis
  • Pharmaceuticals research
  • Cosmetics
  • Beauty products
  • Food and beverage products
  • Geological sciences
  • Natural products (Herbal)
  • Dietary and fitness supplements
  • Petroleum products
  • Pharmaceutical packaging and distribution
  • Plastics (resins, polymers, films) 
  • Production mining
  • Pulp and paper products

Balance Buying Guide

Balance Buying Guide
When shopping for a balance, or a series of balances for your specific application(s) there are a few key features to consider. Once you have the correct balance you need to take proper care of it by calibrating it regularly and keeping it clean. In return your balance will reward you with many years of accurate operation.

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The Significance of Moisture Balance Selection

The Significance of Moisture Balance Selection
Determining the correct moisture analyzer can be quite strenuous, especially when you have never bought one or are just testing a new application. There are hundreds of moisture balances to select from so knowing your application or product that you will be testing is key to ensuring you purchase the correct unit. Not buying the correct moisture analyzer, can result in unreliable or invalid results during testing time. So to avoid that mistake; and wasting time and money on buying equipment you're unfamiliar with please be sure to consult with one of our sales engineers who are more than glad to assist you on your moisture analysis application. Most balance companies are just here to sale you a scale and don't think twice if it will work for you. Over HERE at WayUp Scales, on the other hand actually take the time to learn your application and assist you with your application needs.

Weighing Your Food Using A Kitchen Scale

Weighing Your Food Using A Kitchen Scale

To some, this might seem complex but it can be very easy to overcomplicate things like our health and diet. But if you're going to be successful at dieting, it’s vital to make sure you are weighing your food correctly so that you can properly account for the nutrition that you're consuming. Weighing your food raw is always going to be more accurate. PERIOD.

Why Is Weighing My Food Raw, Better?

The weight of any type of food is largely going to depend on how long you have cooked it for (at the end of the day the more dehydrated your food becomes, the lighter it will be on the kitchen scale). 


As you are choosing an appropriate entry to input into MyFitnessPal (whether you're weighing or calculating you food cooked or raw) stay consistent with weighing entries you select, you will not go wrong using our methods.


Example of MyFitnessPal Using a Food Scale

Screenshot of MyFitnessPal Using a Food Scale

Moving Forward

If you are weighing food on a kitchen scale that is raw, choose an entry for your MyFitnessPal App that is listed as 'raw' weight or a weight you know will factor in that your calculated weight is raw. If you are measuring a food that has already been cooked, choose an entry that is 'cooked' weight or a weight you know will factor in that your calculated weight is cooked. When using the MyFitnessPal App, be sure to scan the barcode of your food. Not only does this reduce the amount of time spent weighing your food on a kitchen scale but there’s also a fairly high chance the nutrition is going to be for whatever form the food is in inside the packaging. For example, the nutritional information on the back of a package of steak would more than likely be for a raw weight. So to ensure you are on track to improving your physique, health, and lifestyle please be sure you are utilizing your food scale accurately.

Food Scale Tip: When Buying a Kitchen Food Scale, always ensure there is a Tare Feature. This feature eliminates the weight of a plate and allows for a more precise way of tracking macronutrients in your diet.  Also, when purchasing a balance confirm there is an auto-shutoff feature to maximize the battery life of your digital scale. The Auto-Shutoff feature allows you to prepare food ingredients while maintaining your scale’s battery life.


If you are not using a kitchen scale to track and account for the food you're feeding your body. You are going to be hard pressed in progressing and seeing the body improvements that you desire. This is why Way Up Scales encourages customers to eat what they want (within reason) but also to control their intakes from macronutrient numbers in accordance with proper nutritional guidelines.

Way Up Scales can help with providing a proper food scale as well information and training to help you reach your fitness goals. Kitchen Food Scales and tracking macronutrients are the future of health and fitness after all.

Hope you're having an awesome Memorial Day Weekend!

At Way Up Scales it’s time for some weekend macros.

Bring on a burger and beer!


Can you have one of those in your regime without feeling guilty or jeopardizing your summer progress?

Top 10 Most Asked Questions by Balance and Scale Shoppers

Top 10 Most Asked Questions by Balance and Scale Shoppers

The Top Ten (10) Most Commonly Asked Questions by New Scale Buyers:

  1. How do I choose the right scale?
  2. What type of environment should I place or store my scale in?
  3. Do I need a scale to print, store, and retrieve data?
  4. How do I buy scales to weigh in grams?
  5. What is the best home bathroom scale for weight loss?
  6. How accurate are kitchen weighing scales for health purposes?
  7. What is the difference between a kitchen scale and a scale that weighs baking products?
  8. Why are digital weighing scales so expensive?
  9. How can I save money when buying a precision balance?
  10. Why do analytical scales differ so much in price?

If you are pondering the answers to any of the above questions, then email us at or call at 818-533-8948 and we’ll be glad to answer.

Tips For Buying a Precision Balance

Tips For Buying a Precision Balance

Precision balances come equipped with some of the best features and capabilities in the scale industry. Precision balances are well suited for laboratories, manufacturer assembly, and production operations.  Precision scales are best utilized for high-precision weighing to achieve accurate results. Some companies will claim their scales are “precision balances”, but precision balances are those with a readability of 0.001 grams (g). Many balance manufacturers offer data output and tracking capabilities with their scales to allow for system integration on various platforms. If you are one of those end-users who are interested in connecting your precision balance to a computer, laptop, printer, etc. Please consult with your local scale representative to ensure the scale you purchase will in fact work with your intended application. Many times, end-users will purchase precision scales (with good intention) and unfortunately when the balance arrives it is unable to connect to their computer. With that being said, most scales offer a RS-232 or USB ports at a bare minimum so please do check one of these standard interfaces come equipped with your scale. Ultimately, if you want to avoid that hassle and headache do yourself a favor and ensure the connectivity of the scale and your equipment with your scale supplier. Precision balances by various manufactures such as Adam Equipment offer simple and effective features like allowing fingerprints and spills to be wiped off easily. Other more advanced features include touchscreen capability, heavy-capacity loading, and draft shields to minimize fluctuations in readings. Another tip when shopping for a precision balance is to ensure the power source of the scale. In some instances, customers receive their scale and are not content with the power source of the unit. Most scales come standard with an AC Adapter but the scale-user must always ensure this is true, because sometimes balances are designed to be powered by dry cell batteries. The final tip when buying a precision scale is to ensure you review all of the accessories available. Some of the accessories available for purchase can make your usage of the scale significantly easier. Way Up Scales has highlighted the top five (5) best accessories you may find useful for your precision balance weighing application:

  1. Draft Shield (Improves the quality of your weighing results)
  2. Anti-Vibration Table (Minimizes vibration during scale operation)
  3. Density Kit (Measures the density of liquids or solids)
  4. Security Lock Cable (Prevents equipment loss or theft)
  5. Dust Cover (Prevents dust buildup)


As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

What is The Difference Between Demo Moisture Analyzers and New Moisture Balances?

What is The Difference Between Demo Moisture Analyzers and New Moisture Balances?

Demo moisture analyzers from brand name manufacturers such as an Ohaus, Mettler, and A&D are very common to see in the weighing industry. If you clicked on this article, you are probably wondering what is a "demo unit" and how does it differ from a regular piece of equipment. Well a demo unit, is actually just a used or refurbished piece of equipment that is no longer considered reliable or accurate for testing purposes. . Other scale companies will swear by their demo units and will use marketing tactics to lure you (the consumer) into purchasing them but the underlying reason is the equipment is marginal, at best. You might also notice that other scale companies will offer you demo units in-exchange for lesser warranty period which is a bait-and-switch technique designed to get customers to lower their warranty period so the dealer will have less responsibility when you call back later for technical support or service. Another tactic used in the industry is claiming that the unit was only used for "trade shows" or is a "Demo Return" which are both tactics designed to make a quick-sale with no customer support after the sale has been completed. Not only is this a terrible business model but that is why at Wayup Scales, we focus on providing customers with only new equipment that will last the test of time. So to help-ease the pain plaguing the weighing industry, below we have published a list of the Ten (10) most common demo units advertised on the internet:

  1. Ohaus MB23 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Unit)
  2. Ohaus MB27 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Unit)
  3. Ohaus MB90 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Unit)
  4. Ohaus MB120 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Unit)
  5. A&D MX50 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Unit)
  6. A&D MF50 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Unit)
  7. A&D EK-6100J Jewelry Balance (Demo Unit)
  8. Ohaus MB25 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Return) *Obsolete*
  9. Ohaus MB45 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Return) *Obsolete*
  10. Sartorius MA35 Moisture Analyzer (Demo Unit) *Obsolete*

Do not fall victim to purchasing demo moisture analyzers with less warranty period. Instead, buy quality brand new scales with manufacturer's full warranty and sleep confidentiality that your balance will work for you tomorrow. Click on links below for prices lower than you would pay on Amazon and Ebay:

  1. Ohaus MB23 Moisture Analyzer | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage
  2. Ohaus MB27 Moisture Analyzer | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage
  3. Ohaus MB90 Moisture Analyzer | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage
  4. Ohaus MB120 Moisture Analyzer | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage
  5. A&D MX50 Moisture Analyzer | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage
  6. A&D MF50 Moisture Analyzer | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage
  7. A&D EK-6100J Jewelry Balance | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage
  8. Sartorius MA37 Moisture Analyzer | Brand New With Full Warranty Coverage

What is the Best Weighing Scale for you?

What is the Best Weighing Scale for you?

The best weighing scale is the one that best suits your weighing application and is the most affordable. In today’s weighing industry, the market has been saturated by local distributors or dealers just trying to turn a quick-buck on end-users. The result has led to a string of confusion by consumers who are left with a weighing scale with no use for it and out on all on their money because dealers will require a restocking-fee if the balance is returned. This can further lead to larger headaches for customers who simply just want to return their scale that they have no use for. The ultimate cure to this dilemma is to ensure the weighing application of each customer and that the scale will in fact work for the end-user’s purpose. This will avoid all the drama and headache that is caused when a balance or scale is trying to be returned. More importantly, this guarantees the customer receives the scale they want, when they want which is crucial as many customers purchase balances needing them as soon as possible. So whether it’s a luggage weighing scale or a simple food weighing scale, the dealer wears the burden of calling the customer to ensure the balance will work for their intended use.

How do I get the best scale and save the most money?

In terms of buying an affordable scale, we recommend you discuss your specific weighing application with a weighing expert to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck. Very often, an end-user will purchase a scale that is capable of so much more than they actually need which will result in overspending in their equipment purchase. Another example, will be a customer that is brand-loyal (i.e. Sartorius, Mettler, etc.) and will refuse to buy any other brand of equipment which might not produce the most repeatable or accurate result. This is why it is so important to speak with a knowledgeable person in the weighing industry about your specific weighing requirements to make sure you get the best weighing scale at the best price. At Wayup Scales, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality scale at the most affordable price. We are a group of engineers who work with any budget to provide the most economical and quality balances in the industry. So that is why the best weighing scale is the Way Up Scale.   

Fat Tester Calibration

Fat Tester Calibration

It is crucial for a meat department to have their fat analyzer calibrated because this helps ensure all results are reading accurately. Accuracy is especially important in the meat industry as it directly affects the bottom line for most stores. A store could potentially be giving away thousands of dollars weekly as a direct result of inaccurate fat analysis. To counteract this we strongly encourage meat cutters, managers, and departments to have their equipment calibrated as often as needed to ensure the grocery store is producing repeatable results on their fat tester. Like most equipment, many do not see the benefit of preventative maintenance but in this case, service is vital to producing the most profitable results. To the most novice end-user, .5% and 2% of beef fat might not appear as a huge discrepancy but for a store that sells 100,000 lbs of meat per year, this can add up to thousands of dollars of store margin gone down the drain. When it comes to calibration of a fat analyzer, there are two main components to this task. The weight and temperature must both be calibrated to ensure the fat tester is producing the accurate results. Some companies might perform only one of the components and still label it as complete calibration. Over here at Wayup Scales, we ensure both components of the task are fulfilled as well as providing a copy of the calibration certificate. The certificate includes our NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) number which verifies our equipment is in fact suitable to calibrate laboratory equipment. If you are uncertain or simply curious on how to calibrate your fat analyzer then please feel free to give us call at 818-533-8948 or email us at

What are Legal for Trade Scales?

What are Legal for Trade Scales?

Legal for Trade balances are defined as the type of scales that are intended for use where the application of the product is sold by the weight. Example of such applications include: medical, recreational laundromats, grocery stores, meat departments, jewelry stores, tobacco or smoke shops, coffee and candy stores. As you could of guessed, NTEP or legal for trade scales are more expensive than non-certified scales because of the extensive amount of testing for certification that goes into any given unit. The test for the scales are done at various temperatures and NTEP certifications cost are said to cost north of $50,000 (USD). So whenever someone purchases an NTEP certified scale, the quality is guaranteed as each scale is backed by a Certificate of Conformance.

Legal For Trade Classes

Once a user has established they will require a legal for trade scale, we recommend the customer determine which class of accuracy they will need. NTEP comes in Class I, Class II, Class III, Class IIII. Next, the consumer should determine their state's level of tolerance for the smallest division as well as their verified scale division. States such as Colorado and Washington will accept Class I and Class II balances that are able to read in the division of 0.1 grams for recreational and medical applications. States such as Oregon and California, strictly require scales that read 0.01 grams. Furthermore, Oregon requires manufacturers, distributors, growers, dealers, and packaging facilities to have an NTEP Certified Scale that is subject to random inspections by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, usually the first inspection is done within the first month of registering with the commission.  


Mettler Toledo's JL6001GE Legal For Trade Scale


Don't Settle For Just Any Legal-For-Trade Scale, Instead Get The Correct NTEP Certified Scale

Whether you are weighing in a dispensary, pharmaceuticals pills in a lab, or simply weighing candy for resale. Don't just buy a scale, buy the correct balance that fulfills your specification as well as your respective state's guidelines for weighing. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, former Chief of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Weights and Measures division, Henry Opperman says "NTEP issues Certificates of Conformance for vehicle scales, but a vehicle scale cannot be used to weigh a 1-lb. package of hamburger". With that being said, whenever purchasing NTEP certified scales please be 100% certain you are purchasing the correct unit balance for you. 

Why Do Scale Prices Vary?

Why Do Scale Prices Vary?

Scale prices to the average consumer might seem perplexing but the truth is there are a numerous amount of factors that go into a scale besides capacity and readability. There are the obvious reasons such as brand name, capacity, readability, and durability as to why scale prices vary. But, then there are other details of the scale such as size, weight, and the raw materials that are used to construct a balance that also affect a product's price. Plastic is a commonly used component to assemble scales but quite often consumers fail to realize the plastic results in a static build-up. Static can cause extensive damage and ultimately lead to the destruction of the unit. Plastic is highly known to break much easier than other materials so users must be cautious when purchasing any type of laboratory equipment. If you are the type of end-user that would like your scale to last a long-time Wayup Scales Inc. recommends you buy a balance that is made of aluminum or stainless steel.

How Does Accuracy and Repeatability Affect Scale Pricing?

Another factor influencing the price of equipment is the accuracy and repeatability specification which will vary from scale to scale. Depending on the customer application, one scale could read one weight (I.e, .001g) while another unit will read (.002g) and to most this might be confusing as to why this would be. But the answer lies within the accuracy and repeatability of the scale, and each balance varies. One thing is almost certain in the weighing industry, the more expensive the scale usually the more accurate and repeatable your results will be. With that being said, do not fall victim to another money-hungry scale company just trying to force you into buying whichever scale THEY prefer. Instead call us at 702-829-0375 | 818-533-8948 or email us at for a free scale consultation.

AND Balances & Scales

AND Balances & Scales

When it comes to the laboratory equipment industry, one of the premier weighing scale brands is A&D. AND produces some of the world's finest quality scales that are known to last the test of time. AND provides one of the industries longest warranty periods backed by the Manufacturer that includes parts and labor. In terms of quality and service, A&D Engineering is paralleled by none. AND Weighing provides an extensive line of balances that includes everything from Microbalances to High Resolution scales.

Accurate and Durable Scales

AND also has some of the industries best and well-known precision balances, highlighted by the A&D FX-3000iN precision balance which offers precise and accurate weighing at an affordable price. Since the manufacturer also excels in the medical field, naturally they provide a line of scales specifically for pharmaceutical companies too! Those are simply just a few line of balances that A&D offers that benefit multiple industries. If you are having difficulty selecting from ANDs large selection of balances and scales or simply interested in learning more about the products and the benefits they can offer your company. Please give us a call today at 702-829-0375 | 818-533-8948 or email us at