Can All Scales and Balances Be Calibrated?


All Professional and Industrial weighing scales and balances must be regularly serviced and calibrated to ensure they meet the legal standards required of them. But can all scales and balances be calibrated?

What is a Calibration?

A calibration is necessary to maintain accuracy. In short, a calibration is an accuracy test and calibration adjustment performed on the weighing scales. It is vital that a calibration is always conducted by a professional and qualified person. For more information on what a weighing scale calibration involves, view our recent blog.

Why Must Scales be Calibrated?

Industrial and professional weighing scales must be tested to ensure the scales are producing accurate measurements. It is crucial that scales used in professional environments give accurate measurements and as such should undergo regular servicing and calibration. If scales which are being used for trade are not within legal tolerances a trading standards officer could fail your equipment which could mean you will be unable to continue to trade until the faults are rectified.

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Which Scales can be Calibrated?

All professional and industrial weighing scales should be able to be calibrated, including axle weighing pads and cranes scales.

If you are not sure however, take the make and model number of your scales and contact a weighing company who will be able to tell you if your scales can indeed be suitably calibrated.

The general ‘rule of thumb’ here is to always use a reputable and knowledgeable company you can trust to purchase your scales from. This company should be able to confidently answer your questions and provide you with advice where necessary about what scales you need for your operation or production and whether they are fit for purpose.

How Can You Tell When Your Scales Need a Calibration?

Check for a service or calibration label on your scales which should have the date of when your next calibration is due. If you cannot locate a label on your scales it most likely means that the scale has not recently been tested. If this is the case it would be advisable to contact a scales supplier and servicing company like Solent Scales to arrange for the work to be done.


Calibration & Certification

At Solent Scales, when we carry out calibration work we use test weights that are tested and adjusted to M1 & F1 standards which are traceable to a UKAS Approved Laboratory.

Our ISO calibration certificates are issued in full accordance with the UK Weighing Federation codes of practice and in-line with our ISO 9001:2015 accreditation.

With years of experience operating within the weighing industry, our highly skilled service team are fully qualified in the calibration, service and repair of all types of industrial weighing equipment.

All our calibration work is carried out in accordance with the UK Weighing Federation guidelines. Solent Scales meets every industry standard, as well as the standards expected by our customers (see our testimonials).


For more information contact our sales team, or see the different levels of service packages we offer to meet your needs.