White Paper: Maintaining Your Lab Balance – Taking Care of Test Weights

For successful quality assurance, test equipment must be used within specified tolerance ranges. It is also necessary to check test equipment – in this case, weighing instruments and weights – at appropriate intervals. The question is, how does one check non-automatic laboratory balances? Which weights can be used to conduct these tests independently, and how can they take place?  

Download this white paper to learn about possibilities for the user to control and test a balance using test weights. Recommendations and practical examples are given, along with guidelines for the correct handling of weights and lab balance equipment. 

Commonly Asked Questions:  

  • What is meant by calibrated weights? 
      
    • Test weights are also known as scale calibration weights. They are used to make sure scales remain accurate. Test weights calibrate scale systems of various accuracy levels – depending on requirements. 
  • ​​​​​​​How should test weights be handled? 
     
    • Test weights should always be handled with care to ensure they remain accurate. When not in use, they should be stored in a protected environment, free from debris and irritants. When in use, they should be kept clean and used on clean surfaces to avoid scratching. 
  • Test weights are comprised of what material? 
     
    • Laboratory test weights are usually made of high-quality stainless steel. 

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