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Crosby Straightpoint | Sarens Uses Crosby | SP Load Cell to Weigh Christmas Trees

During heavy lifting, it’s crucial to know the load. Crosby Straightpoint load cells give users the power to accurately monitor the weight of the load as it’s lifted. Pairing these load cells with a handheld Radiolink plus remote indicator allows users to maintain a safe distance, while maintaining the ability to read the weight. Learn why Sarens (a provider of crane rental services, heavy lifting & engineered transport) trusts Crosby Straightpoint load cells & Radiolink plus remote indicators to help during big jobs.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Scale

Everything from environment to technological considerations can impact which scale is right for a given application, so it’s important to fully understand how the scale will be used, and where. Our Michelli Weighing & Measurement Account Managers can help. Our product specialists are trained to match you with the best scale for your application. ​Here are some important factors to consider when purchasing a new scale…

Minebea Intec | Hygienic Scale Design

Hygienic scale design involves considerations for future use, including how the scale will be cleaned, what material the scale should be made of to withstand cleaning, and even angles of the final product. Minebea Intec outlines the process used by their design team to produce plans used to manufacture hygienic scales for use in the food & beverage industry, chemical & petrochemical industry, and many more.

Rice Lake | Remotely Access and Monitor Your Scale Systems with Web Servers

With remotely accessible scale systems, the operator can control functions at multiple weighing workstations and managers have oversight of total weighing activities throughout the facility. Additionally, your local scale technicians are able to perform remote calibrations and can troubleshoot scales, simplifying routine scale maintenance and emergency repair processes. Learn more in this post from Rice Lake Weighing Systems.

Intrinsically safe, explosion proof & IP ratings…. What does it all mean?

Intrinsically safe, IP ratings, or explosion proof…. These ratings and classifications exist for good reason, to help decrease risk & ensure safe working environments. Learn more about each to make sure you purchase the equipment that was designed to withstand your environment, so you can decrease risk, and get a better return on investment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I calibrate my scale?

It depends. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Scale calibrations are affected by centrifugal force, gravity, frequency of use, the harshness of the environment, exposure to the elements, and many other factors.

If your scale is used frequently, and accuracy is vital to your business, you may need to calibrate as often as once a month. If your scale is used occasionally, and isn’t contained in a harsh environment, or left outside, it may be ok to calibrate less frequently.

Give us a call & let’s talk about your situation. Our experienced service technicians can give you a better answer once they understand your particular situation.

Should I have my new scale calibrated?

Yes, even new scales need to be calibrated. 

Regardless of your source, you should always have a qualified, licensed & experienced local team install & calibrate your scale, lab balance, or other piece of measurement equipment.

Measurements are affected by temperature, humidity, altitude, gravity, centrifugal force & motion, among other things. A scale in China would produce different measurements than it would if it were in California.

This is the reason we recommend against purchasing a scale online.

In many cases, customers purchase scales online to save money, but actually end up spending more money to purchase the scale, then have a local professional come out to install & calibrate the equipment. Also, when purchasing online, you lose out on the service & support available through a local organization.

Does muscle weigh more than fat?

1 lb of muscle weighs the same as 1 lb of fat. A better statement would be to say that muscle is more dense, or weighs more per cubic inch than fat, so 1 lb of muscle takes up much less space than 1 lb of fat.


In much the same way, 1 lb of feathers weighs the same as 1 lb of hammers, but imagine how many feathers you would have to shove into a bag in order for the bag to weigh 1 lb. Now imagine how many hammers you would have to place in the same size bag in order for the bag to weigh 1 lb. The bag of hammers would be much smaller, as hammers are more dense, or weigh more per cubic inch than feathers.

Can I rent a scale to help with inventory?

Yes. Counting scales are a great way to speed up the inventory process.


Call your nearest Michelli location to discuss our rental option.

What else can my scale do? Is it "smart"?

Our system development department can create a custom code that allows certain scales to communicate with one another, computers, conveyor belts, or even display information on a webpage to help you gather data from anywhere.

What manufacturers do you represent?

We represent a wide range of manufacturers, depending on your state. Please contact us to learn more, or visit our choose your state page to view manufacturers available near you.

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