While the concept of taking inventory is simple, the actual process can be anything but. Sure, it’s easy to count larger boxes. But small boxes and items? That’s where the difficulty begins. You can count them by hand, but only at the increased cost of time, labor and human error.
Fortunately, the solution is simple: counting scales.
By using a single piece to determine the average weight of an item, counting scales divide the total weight on the scale by the sample’s weight to find the number of pieces. Many refine the piece weight as additional samples are added.
When taking stock of many similar items, inventory can be simplified by a scale with PLU (product look up) memory to store frequently used item weights. Some have full numeric keypads that allow the user to enter a sample weight manually.
For a smaller capacity scale, choose one with an accumulation feature that enables you to store counts without having to have every piece of the item being counted on the scale at once.
You may not need a large scale for day-to-day usage, but during inventory that may be useful. Some bench scales can be connected to a remote platform to increase their capacity.
When moving throughout a warehouse during your inventory, a counting scale with a rechargeable battery makes the process more convenient as you can bring the scale to the product rather than the products to the scale. Optional casters are available for some scales, as well.
Now That I’m Done Counting, What’s Next?
Counting is only the first part of inventory. Once you’ve taken stock of what you have on hand, those numbers need to be recorded. There are different ways that this can be accomplished. Sure, the traditional pen-and-paper method is easy and inexpensive, but it’s also prone to error due to possibly less-than-ideal handwriting or simple mistakes in transcribing numbers.
Ideally, your scale should feature a communications port such as a USB or RS-232 interface that allows data transfer to a computer or a printer. When connected to a PC, inventory counts can be directly input into a spreadsheet or to software such as the AdamDU data utility.
Printing your counts provides a paper trail for accountability. Opting for a scale with a built-in printer, such as Adam Equipment’s BCT advanced label printing scale or BKT label printing scale, gives you the additional advantage of printing customized labels that can show the item name, item count, item weight and even an image of the item or your company’s logo if you choose.
For all of your inventory needs, you can count on Sonic Supply!