Which Weighing System Do I Need When It Comes To Warehousing?

In the logistics and warehousing business, time is money.  But so is space.  

For peak performance of any warehouse and distribution operation, maximum use has to be made of every centimetre of available space – plus inventory has to be weighed, moved, packed and tracked, all with precision accuracy.   

And that’s why the new generation of weighing, packaging and management solutions which combine precision weighing devices with highly advanced data management functionality has been such a game-changer for the warehousing industry.

Weighing systems are now capable of much more than just recording dimension data at a warehouse operation – they’re now indispensable assets which deliver a range of benefits including:

  • Faster workflow
  • Optimum utilisation of assets (including warehouse space)
  • Improved productivity
  • Improved load planning
  • Increased revenue
  • Improved shipping and billing accuracy
  • Real time cargo tracking
  • Greater customer satisfaction
  • Legal-for-trade weighing

Weighing systems are essential for commercial, regulatory and safety reasons, but how does a warehouse operator know which system is best?

The short answer to that question is that there is no single ‘best’ system.  The optimum solution is one which is tailored to suit the unique circumstances and objectives of a particular warehousing operation, and the best way of identifying that solution is to talk to reputable suppliers with proven industry experience.

It may be helpful to know which weighing systems are commonly used in warehousing as this can provide a starting point for a discussion with potential equipment suppliers.  Here’s a brief snapshot of some of the weighing systems for warehousing and logistics:

Vehicle or truck scales

Accurate weighing of bulk carriers at entry and exit points of warehousing operations is crucial for many reasons including legal compliance (such as Chain of Responsibility legislation), safety, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs etc.  Weighing solutions include axle weighing systems, weighbridges and portable truck scales.

Conveyor scales

Simple to install and easily integrated with existing systems, conveyor weighing systems speed up throughputs, reduce the need for manual labour and enable faster, more efficient warehousing operation.

Forklift scales

Forklift scales are an indispensable asset in a warehousing operation.   They are compact and easy to manoeuvre and can weigh freight or commodities in transit, thereby saving time and resources.  The scales can also be integrated with other data management systems such as scanners for optimum inventory management.

Pallet scales (also known as floor scales)

These are regularly used in warehousing and distribution environments for weighing palletised freight, trolleys, vats and other heavy containers of product.  They are generally configured with a weighing capacity of 3000kg with a platform measuring 1.2m x 1.2m to accept a standard size pallet.

Other weighing systems used in warehousing include floor scales, counting scales, indicators, bench scales (for light industrial weighing), shipping container scales, trade-approved scales and portable scales, but if you’re looking to meet a weighing challenge, you should look for a supplier before you look for a piece of equipment.

The objective should be to find a supplier who is committed to working out the best weighing solution for your warehousing operation’s individual needs.  Whether you need a site-specific product or a combination of components, your best bet is to talk to an industry leader like AccuWeigh which has a proven reputation for delivering quality solutions which genuinely address customers’ weighing challenges.

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