Getting Started with Weigh Data Collection

Getting Started with Weigh Data Collection

The Scale People has helped plenty of manufacturers get started with scale data collection by working with them to help gauge their weighing and counting scales.

The first step towards creating a scale data collection system could be intimidating for many manufacturers. Still, with so many efficiency and productivity benefits, it is worth educating yourself to remove any uncertainty and get started on your way to severe improvements. The Scale People has helped plenty of manufacturers get started with scale data collection by working with them to help gauge their weighing and counting scales. To give you an idea of the process, we have outlined some steps to help you see how easy it is. Read on to learn more!

Set Your Goals

Identify your business reasons for collecting scale data and make a serious plan for which data you want to collect and what you want to do with that data. Having a plan for using your scale data and picking key performance indicators to measure progress toward your business goals will help ensure that you are investing for the right reasons and will help you evaluate the return on your current investment.

Select Your Scales

Work with your scale manufacturer to help identify the best scales and scale indicators to add to your manufacturing processes to meet your data collection goals. If you already have a set of network-ready scales, your manufacturer can support you in setting up your scale data collection system and network.

Connect Your Scales

Connect your scales to your network or the internet. The ability to connect your scales to a local area network or internet or cloud-based data collection system will depend heavily on the communication features of your scale’s equipment, which is why it is so important to consult your scale manufacturer while planning to network your scales.

Analyzing Your Data

Based on the goals you’ve identified in step one, you are ready to start collecting and analyzing the scale data. Some of the most popular uses of scale data in manufacturing are:

– Inventory management

– Order validation and accuracy

– Waste reduction and quality control

– Shipping weight verification

– Monitoring productivity

– Integration with ERP systems and other third-party software

– Maintaining quality systems like ISO 9001, BRC, HACCP, and SQF

Productivity Monitoring and Preventive Performance

Anytime manufacturers decide to invest in equipment, they want to ensure they’re getting the best use and most extended life from their investment. Scale data might indicate how often and at what time a scale is being used, and it can also reveal just how well the scale is performing. Capturing scale data within a particular operation or process will allow you to study the data over some time to help calculate productivity and measure it against predicted outcomes. These measures can help pinpoint areas for productivity improvement and help you plan preventative maintenance.


Since 1956, The Scale People have earned a reputation as the best service provider for calibrating and repairing weighing equipment in the mid-Atlantic area. Our sales team can help you to find the best weighing equipment for your application. We currently have offices in Columbia, MD, and Newport News, VA, but we offer our services nationwide. Over the years, we have built many satisfied clients from various industries, including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and government manufacturing. We are a fully ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited service company offering calibration for balances, scales, dynamometers, force measurements, test weights, pipettes, and more. All our services have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We’re only a phone call away at +1 (800) 451-9593. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about our work.

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