Most commonly used in laboratories and pharmaceutical businesses, analytical balances are used to measure small masses that weigh in the sub-milligram range. Since the quantities of mass are significantly small, their weight can be
affected by elements such as dust and air currents in the room too. As a result, these scales also feature a transparent enclosure with doors for the measuring pan, commonly referred to as a draft shield. The use of an analytical scale helps prevent balance fluctuation and loss of product, which is essential with smaller masses.
Since analytical balances are used for more delicate operations, they need to be taken good care of to ensure they offer precision and accuracy in the long term. Keeping the balance clean and calibrated is usually the first step in this process. In most cases, your laboratory balance will come with manufacturer care recommendations that you can follow for adequate maintenance. The user manual that comes with the scale will outline the best way to use it, along with care instructions that ensure you’re using and maintaining your scale in the best way possible.
In addition, your digital weighing scales will also need to be serviced and calibrated, ideally once a year. In some industries, the high volume of use will make routine calibrations more important, going up to once a month or week, in some cases. While usage frequency is a good indicator of how often the balance must be serviced, you must get in touch with your local service provider whenever your balances aren’t performing as well as they used to when you first began using it. This is especially important when your laboratory experiences frequent temperature changes, since this would affect the accuracy of the analytical balance and they would need to be calibrated more often to avoid inaccuracies.
Finally, analytical scales are more delicate than other heavy duty balances, which means you need to take extra care when cleaning the balance. These balances also need to be stored and moved carefully, since undue pressure on the
measuring pan can damage it. Ideally, you should remove the pan when cleaning or storing the balance, since this prevents any accidental pressure being applied to it.
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