5 Questions You Should Answer Before Buying a Forklift Scale
Warehouses, logistic companies, and recycling centers alike are frequent users of forklifts trucks. Their speed, ability to precisely maneuver around obstacles, and varying capacities make them ideal for operational needs.
Many of these industries take the simple skills of these vehicles to the next level investing in a forklift scale. This creates equipment that is not only useful in terms of getting inventory from Point A to Point B, but measures and records data while doing so. Grand Rapids Metrology’s distributed forklift scales allow seamless integration of weighing and
data management into your operation – without adding any extra steps or route changes.
For example, forklift scales eliminate tedious tasks at recycling centers. Their bundled and palletized materials can be weighed while on it’s way to a destination instead of having to constantly stop at a floor scale to take a reading. As you can imagine, efficiency can improve drastically.
If you’re frequently contemplating, “How can our company save money? How can we become more efficient? How can we collect more accurate data? ” you may want to consider utilizing a forklift scale.
Discover five things you should know before investing in a forklift scale:
1. WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF YOUR FORK TRUCK’S FRAME?
It is essential to know the dimensions of the frame of your fork truck, for it is one of the first questions our Account Managers ask during the buying process. Once we know your proper dimensions, we can begin to identify potential scales suited to your needs.
2. DO YOU NEED TO PRINT OR STORE TRANSACTION DATA?
If you would like to store data electronically, then the scales indicator will do the trick. However, if you need to print the weight data, perhaps for a label, then we will add a printer to your purchase. The printer will communicate with the indicator to swiftly and accurately to print your data.
3. WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF THE FORK TRUCK?
This question is similar to the first. We can’t do much until we know the capacity of your forklift truck. Once our team knows the truck’s capacity, we can base the scale selection off that information.
4. DO YOU PREFER A WIRED OR WIRELESS INDICATOR?
Wired and wireless indicators each come with benefits and downfalls, so it’s upon you to decide what you do and don’t need in an indicator. Wireless options require more maintenance because an operator must manually change the batteries of the scale itself in order to transmit power. A wired indicator is powered through the truck itself, which means less work for you but also includes the hassle and mess of a physical power cord.
5. ARE YOU CHARGING A CUSTOMER BY WEIGHT?
If so, you may need to comply with NTEP Requirements (Legal-for-Trade). There are scale models available for legal-for-trade and not legal-for-trade. A NTEP (Legal-for-Trade) application can be broken down by class. See below for an overview of some of our available forklift scales.
Want to start a conversation about your forklift situation? Contact us below or give us a call at (800) 348-5701!