How to Know If You Need a High Precision Scale for Your Weighing Needs


A high precision scale is a tool that is designed to provide very accurate readings. They can be used in a number of different settings and industries that rely on having precise numbers.

Let’s take a look at the differences that set high precision scales apart from everyday scales.

What Is the Difference Between a High Precision Scale and a Regular Scale?

Chances are good that you’re already familiar with household scales like bathroom scales or kitchen scales used to weigh people or measure ingredients. While these can give you a fairly accurate reading of the object you’re weighing, a precision scale can give you the highest level of accuracy.

Compared to an everyday scale, a high precision scale normally has a lower load capacity, so it weighs products of smaller sizes. Precision scales are calibrated by the manufacturer, and many have an automatic calibration feature. In line with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), many high precision scales also come with an official control certificate.

Since precision scales are highly sensitive, they need to be treated with more care than a regular scale. Your scale should be stored in a place that is free from moisture, vibrations, and extreme temperatures.

When Are High Precision Scales Used?

Laboratory worker taking liquid from test tube, using pipette, close-up

While high precision scales have several different uses, they are most commonly used in laboratories. Their high level of accuracy allows manufacturers to weigh products down to the milligram, which is important when producing pharmaceuticals. Getting measurements that are as precise as possible is important when it comes to quality control and safety in medications.

Precision scales may also be used in other parts of the medical production process. Besides measuring out dosages, researchers may also need to run tests to decide how best to store pharmaceuticals once they are in consumers’ homes.

What to Look for in a Quality High Precision Scale

Depending on what you need precision scales for, different features are available.

As mentioned, high precision scales are smaller than normal scales, so you need to be careful that you don’t exceed the maximum weight allowed.

Additionally, most modern scales have the ability to weigh in different units, but check to make sure that the units you will be using are included on the scale. Some scales might not be able to display fractions of a smaller unit (or decimals).

Lastly, consider portability as a factor. Chances are good that your scale will probably stay in its designated spot, but if you need something that can be carried easily, make sure you find a model that comes with a carrying case.

American Scale Can Help You Find the Right High Precision Scale for Your Needs

A Minebea Intect Combics 2 Complete High Precision scale system
Minebea Intec Combics 2 Complete Scale System

American Scale has a number of high precision scales that are sure to suit your needs. Check out our selection of accurate and sturdy high precision scales, along with the features of each one. With more than 35 years in the business, we are the most trusted name in scale calibration and service. Discover for yourself why our customers love our products and rely on them for precision and accuracy!