METTLER TOLEDO has published key features to consider when upgrading analytical balances in the lab to ensure smooth, secure and speedy weighing.
While maximum load, readability, and price are important considerations, a balance’s features will often create additional value in the weighing process. Additional factors worth considering include:
1. Internal adjustment; assesses and adjusts for temperature variations and makes automatic sensitivity adjustments when the ambient temperature exceeds preset tolerances.
2. Minimum weight warning; programmable warning function ensures that the load reaches this critical point to ensure measurement accuracy.
3. An easy-clean design; balances that are easy to dismantle and drop into the dishwasher can reduce the amount of time spent preparing for the next analysis, enhancing long-term productivity.
4. Short settling time; fast, stable, accurate results improve productivity.
5. Electrostatic detection; warnings about this unseen force enable operators to adjust before weighing results are compromised.
6. Easy data handling; features such as easy barcode-reading, printing, and data transfer via USB, RS232, or Bluetooth ensure fast access to results and quick adjustment before quality is affected.
7. Intuitive operation; clear icons, programmable soft keys and onscreen guidance help to ensure that important process steps are maintained.
8. Routine test support; simple, integrated test programs ensure that users do not weigh when the balance is not capable of producing accurate results.
9. Robust construction; metal housing and overload protection can help to ensure accuracy and long life.
10. Touch-free operation; sensors that enable hands-free operation of functions such as zero, tare or draft shield opening/closing can enhance speed and reduce cross-contamination risk.
11. Status indicator; an inbuilt warning lets users know if the balance is ready to weigh or additional actions need to be taken to ensure accuracy.
METTLER TOLEDO offers three lab-balance levels, each offering different combinations of features to meet different process needs. For guidance on determining which will meet the needs of your process with the greatest cost-effectiveness, learn more about METTLER TOLEDO’s universally applicable Good Weighing Practice (GWP) or GWP Recommendation.