Older Model Scales Need Mechanical Repairs

December 28, 2020 7:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Like any other piece of equipment, industrial scales need to be properly maintained if they are to last for a long time. So long as you stay on top of maintenance, you should be able to use those scales to get accurate measurements and information for years to come.

It should come as no surprise that older scales will more heavily rely on mechanical repairs to stay in good working condition. But what types of repairs are needed on these scales? Read on for some information from our Montana scale experts!

What types of repairs are needed on scales?

Technology continues to advance in the world of industrial equipment. While there are plenty of old scales that are still used, maintaining and repairing them can become more of a challenge as the equipment gets more and more outdated. Most scales now are digital, but there are still plenty of mechanical scales in use throughout the nation.

Some of the steps you can take to extend the life of these older scales include:

  • Protective coatings: Rust and corrosion can wreak havoc on industrial scales, especially mechanical versions. Protective coatings on these metal scales can help you protect against potential rust and keep the scale in good condition for a longer period of time. Zinc-rich epoxy coatings are generally a favorite option.
  • Load cell repairs or changes: Load cell damage is one of the most common causes of inaccurate readings. Replacing old or damaged load cells is important to maintaining accurate readings. Newer load cells are designed for greater durability.
  • Moisture-resistant displays: When indicators go bad, it makes it very difficult to take accurate measurements. You can get a greater lifespan out of your indicator by getting one that has a moisture-resistant display, or that comes inside an enclosure.

The cost associated with incorrect weights and measurements

It’s true that there is going to be some ongoing cost associated with repairing and maintaining your equipment in Montana. At some point, you might find it more worth your while to replace the equipment entirely rather than continue to make repairs to outdated equipment, especially if it’s fallen into disrepair.

However, it’s important to note that the costs of doing nothing and letting the condition of your scale deteriorate are far greater. The downtime caused by scale problems alone can result in significant losses. Inaccurate readings can be even worse—these measurements and readings are crucial for determining costs, and even slight inaccuracies can result in major expense discrepancies when weights or quantities are large enough.

You don’t necessarily need to give up on your industrial scale just because it’s old or outdated—there are still ways for you to make the necessary mechanical repairs on older scales in Montana at a reasonable expense, so long as you continue to be proactive with the maintenance steps you take.

Interested in learning more about the specific steps you can take to maintain your industrial scales, and the problems you’re most likely to encounter with outdated equipment? We encourage you to contact Rockwell Scales for more information. We’re pleased to serve clients in Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho and Utah from our home base in Montana!

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