Best Practices: Analytical Balances in the Laboratory

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Why are analytical balances important in a laboratory?

Analytical balances are essential equipment for any laboratory. Their accuracy can be impacted by a few factors, including the setting in which they are installed and how they are managed. Keep reading to learn more about analytical balances in the laboratory.

Five Approaches for Using Analytical Balances

Here are five practices for using analytical balances:

Regular Calibration

Proper calibration assists your scale in providing consistent and correct weights. It’s essential to calibrate the scale at the setting where it will be used. If you have to move the scale, you will need to calibrate it there.

Choose an Ideal Environment

In addition, environmental factors like humidity, air pressure, and temperature can impact the accuracy of the analytical balances. Ideally, these scales would be placed where all these factors stay consistent. Moreover, maintain the balance in a vibration-free area to prevent volatile changes in the readings.

Also, you can use a vibration-absorbing weighing table. These scales are located out of direct sunlight and away from HVAC vents, as the airflow and temperature can impact the scale.

Reduce Mistakes from Lab Samples

Furthermore, it’s vital to manage each sample appropriately to receive an accurate weight when using the analytical balances. Also, you can reduce the impact of weighing results by using an ionizer that can balance the electrostatic charge for samples like glass or plastic.

Additionally, minimize air currents inside the enclosure by checking that the samples are at room temperature. Another best practice is loading the sample on the scale’s center will help accomplish additional accurate measurements. Lastly, determine whether these analytical balances can weigh the needed increments.

Avoid An Incorrect Reading

Handling the sample correctly will help to ensure accurate measurements of the sample. To avoid an incorrect reading, use gloves or pan holders while holding the test weights and put the sample on the scale with a tweezer.

Maintain Clean Scales

Lastly, keep the analytical balances clean of dirt or debris that can impact the accuracy and overall function of the balance. Typically, a damp cloth with a gentle soap will be sufficient to polish the scale. So, don’t use abrasive cleaning chemicals.

Also, use a soft brush to eliminate loose samples stuck to the analytical balances. If the balances are unplugged during cleaning, let them warm up before handling them again.


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