Before the Thanksgiving turkey or any side dishes make their way to your table, they likely made a stopover at a food processing facility. If you’re looking to decorate your dining room for the holiday, this isn’t the right place. But if you’re looking for food industry equipment to outfit a processing facility, a food packing plant or supermarket, we can help!
Choosing a Scale for the Food Industry
Selecting the right food service scales is important to make sure you get the most out of your weighing device. Here are some factors to consider when purchasing yours:
Washdown – Weighing food can be messy, so you need a scale that can be quickly and easily washed down. Most scales offer limited protection against water, so look for an IP-rated washdown scale. A scale with a checkweighing application, like the IP67-rated Aqua, would be well-suited for the food industry.
An IP rating consists of two digits. The first indicates protection against solids (like dust) and range from 0 (no protection) to 6 (total protection). The second tells you its protection against water and ranges from 0 (no protection) to 9 (steam cleaning). Few scales on the market are rated higher than IP68, a rating that indicates the scale is dust-proof and can be safely immersed in water deeper than 1m for up to a half-hour.
Pan Size and Capacity – Turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving dinner average 15 lbs. The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed a hefty 86 lbs. – about the size of a large dog. For that, you’d need something a little larger and with a higher weighing capacity like several models from the Gladiator range.
Legal for Trade – At the retail level, since some items are sold by weight, you’ll need a legal-for-trade scale like the NTEP-approved, IP66-rated WBZ. With capacities from 6 lbs. to 30 lbs., WBZ works well in several grocery store departments, including produce, deli, meat and seafood.
Portability – Food industry environments come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so selecting a food scale that’s the right fit is crucial. Consider the overall footprint, as well as a battery-powered device like the Dune Compact Balance.
Use Weighing dishes during weighing, storing and dispensing food products. Options include:
- Because there’s no oil residue or vinyl coating, aluminum weighing dishes can help prevent contamination issues – a critical feature in food production.
- Pour boat weighing dishes – as the name suggests – allow you to pour liquids or powders for convenient dispensing.
Food Service Gloves
For safety and cleanliness, gloves are often some of the most crucial food industry supplies, all the way from production to sale. Look for nitrile (a non-latex synthetic rubber with high resistance to oil and many chemicals), powder-free gloves.
Questions about any of the products or product categories we’ve talked about today? Let us know!