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No matter what your application, contacting a local dealer should be the first thing you consider! A dealer will let you know whether consultation is worth the effort in your particular case. In the event that it is, they will help to steer you in the right direction based on your application and budget, and they can handle the project from start to finish--from installation to maintenance! Some other considerations are as follows:
What is your intended application?: How you intend to use your weighing equipment will determine what path to take when making a selection. Most equipment today is designed for a particular application, and taking the time to consider your process can help you take advantage of that as much as possible. Walk a dealer through your operations and allow them to determine the best point of weighment, and ensure that you get the most appropriate product for the job!
Where will you be weighing?: Operating environment should be amongst your top considerations when selecting your weighing equipment. This means considering the regulations of your state and local governments in addition to the specific environment the scale will be used in. Wash down environments will require wash down equipment. Potentially flammable or explosive environments will require explosion proof equipment. Allow a dealer to guide you through your purchase to ensure you get the equipment combination that's going to maximize safety, efficiency, and product life.
What Usage Level?; Heavy vs Light: It's important to consider to what extent your equipment is going to be used & abused. With the overwhelming variety of equipment on the market today, it's easy to overlook something seemingly minor only for it to have a detrimental affect down the road. Some of these considerations include the number of different operators that will be using the equipment, the approximate loading frequency, approximate maximum and average loads anticipated, and whether the equipment will be loaded manually, automatically, by forklift, or some other means. Don't leave it to chance. Let a local dealer help you with your decision.
Will you be collecting data?: The vast array of equipment available today comes with an equally vast array of capability. Some scales may only weigh, other scales may weigh and count parts, and other combinations of equipment can run a completely automated industrial process. Most of the equipment available today also has the capability of communicating with virtually any piece of equipment with RS232 capability or better. Let a dealer help you to maximize these performance features so you're not selecting the wrong equipment, or under-utilizing what you have in place.
What is your budget?: Understandably, individuals and companies of all sizes have to consider a budget when purchasing. In today's 'E-conomy' it can be tempting to shop around for the lowest price to be found on the web, but the selection of your weighing equipment is not the place cut costs. This equipment is an investment that will improve accuracy, efficiency, and ultimately your bottom line. Talk to a local dealer to figure out where you can save, and where cutting costs could be detrimental to the effectiveness of the equipment within your application.