Commercial scales are used in foodservice for portion control, receiving stock orders, packaging food, and determining price based on weight.

To accomplish these tasks, manufacturers crafted scales to accommodate various products, user preferences, and measurements. We cover the available options below.

Portion Scales

One of the most important foodservice applications is portion scales. Kitchen staff can weigh ingredients and products with these to ensure customers aren’t being cheated and they’re not giving more than was budgeted for. They accommodate 6 to 13 pounds.

Portion Scale

They are obtainable as mechanical or digital. Mechanical scales are also called manual or traditional. These terms apply to scales that you see at grocery stores in produce sections. They weigh smaller products without the use of electricity. They can be purchased as hanging scales or for countertop use.

Digital controls are electric or run on batteries. They provide more specific readings, often breaking weights down to 1/1000th of a pound. They include weight settings, battery conservation options, and display screens with lights for increased visibility. LCD monitors are most common for improved readability.

Either of these units can be purchased to display different measurements, but digital scales can be programmed to accommodate what you need – ounces for liquids or kilograms for solids, for example.

Receiving Scales

Receiving scales are used when restaurants, grocery stores, and hospitality businesses acquire a shipment of products. The products can be weighed on these scales to ensure the promised content has arrived in the weight described. They accommodate 26 to 33 pound loads.

Receiving Scale

They are digital for quick and easy readability. Digital scales display immediate results so foodservice staff can efficiently process new stock coming in.

Receiving scales are sometimes referred to as industrial. Industrial scales are engineered of stainless steel for enhanced durability and cleanability. They sometimes are exposed to rough areas or messes contents, so this construction saves on maintenance time. The stainless steel build improves their resilience too in the heavy-duty environments they were designed for.

Industrial scales can be purchased to accommodate larger products as well, weighing items over 100 pounds with ease.

Specialty Scales

The scale types below are dedicated to specific operations.

Dough Scales – Weigh dough, ingredients through counterbalance for bakeries and candy shops.

Pizza Scales – Weigh various sized pizza crusts and toppings. They reset automatically after each topping is added.

Bench Scales – Weigh heavier products and appear like a bench since their readings are displayed digitally on a riser.

Price Computing Scales – Weigh products to determine pricing for delis, bakeries, and butcher shops.

KEG Scales – Weigh liquor containers to determine how much liquid has been extracted from each keg or bottle.

Features Available

Note that any of the above scales can be purchased to read weights in a variety of measurements. However, when you purchase them, be sure you know what you will be measuring. Solids should have scales that show weights in kilograms or pounds while liquid measurements need scales that display weights in liters or ounces.

In addition to this, some scales require calibration while others will adjust themselves automatically. Read the specifications to determine what the model you purchase needs.

Certifications available for commercial scales are, of course, NSF, and NTEP. NTEP scales are regarded as the most accurate on the market. This is because they have been tested to hold up accurate readings in different environments, including areas with changing temperatures and humidity.


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