Why Scale Calibration Is Important When Weighing Food?
The main reason for calibration is to ensure that a scale is reading correctly. If the scale is not reading correctly then you may have the following issues:
Maintaining a Consistent Recipe
Choosing the correct scale and having it calibrated could help you save at least 2.1% of your yearly ingredient costs. A scale that is not properly calibrated could lead to bad batches and over/under weighing of ingredients leaving a useless batch of product. To help get consistent batches and ensure proper recipe formula, a formula control scale could be very beneficial. A popular formula control scaled used in the food industry is the Doran FC6300. Take a look here!
Loss of product leading to poor profitability
Did you know that overweight product could be costing your company up to $32,000 a Year? By calibrating your scale it will ensure accuracy, efficiency and productivity which will ultimately increase your profitability. With a calibrated scale it will help ensure that products are not wasted and raw product is not given away. A Checkweigher scale is a great way to help you start saving. Checkweighers help the operator weigh ingredients out to an inputted target weight. If the amount is outside a range, it will alert the operator to either add or remove ingredients. Many scales may have this application available but the indicator has not been set to this application. Take a look at your scale’s manual to see if this function is available. Check out some checkweighers here!
A finished product weighs differently then recorded on label
A product that is sold in a retail environment that weighs less/more than what is stated on the label can leave the end user feeling cheated and could leave a business open to audits or regulatory enforcement. Every state has their own regulatory agency that is responsible for testing the weights of products and if these products are found to be over or underweight the agency can enforce fines. Always make sure that the scale being used to weigh in commercial transactions is calibrated with a Placed in Service Report and has a lockout tag.
By calibrating all the scales in the facility, it will help you be HACCP compliant. If you do not have a record of your weighing equipment, start with recording the location, scale model and serial number of each piece of equipment. Next find out if they are on a calibration schedule and if they are not try to get all the units onto a calibration routine based on frequency of use.
A certified calibration company should be chosen to handle calibration and service of your scales. This company should provide documentation that each scale has been calibrated for your records. It is important to maintain these records in case of audits. A good way to ensure your scales are in tolerance is to have a set of weights that can be used to check scales before start of productions or at random times.
The Scale People’s Service Team can calibration and repair most all weighing equipment. We represent over 35 manufacturers. All of our weights and standards are traceable to NIST. Our array of calibration reports can be tailed to help you meet any compliance requirements such as BRC, GLP/GMP, FDA, ASTM, HACCP, etc. Our unique service program allows you access to all service history and calibration reports through an online portal. Please call today to schedule your next calibration! 1-800-964-1535 or 1-800-451-9593