The food industry revolves around a long list of highly specific requirements. It holds true even for weighing practices in dairy production. Without accurate weighing, you cannot expect productive and efficient processes. Moreover, the challenging conditions of the dairy industry require the weighing systems to be precise.

You need weighing technology that is designed to support large-scale production without compromising on productivity and accuracy. Invest some time in scale design consideration so that you understand exactly what you need for achieving effective processes in your plant. Opt for feature-rich and user-friendly weighing scales. They must be safe to use and flexible to optimize productivity and ensure quality assurance. The scales must comply with safety and health regulations.

The following five weighing scales will help you achieve accurate and reliable weighing.

Checkweighers. It is important to maintain consistency in product weight. Dairy companies must meet the labeling requirements on the product and make sure the consumers get what is mentioned on the pack.

To do this, checkweighers must be employed, as they facilitate an accurate and instant check on the raw materials on the production line. Checkweighers are designed to comply with stringent hygiene specifications and are capable of withstanding a rigorous processing regime.

These scales help in controlling overfills so that you don’t give away extra product. They can detect any weight deviation quickly and allow fast adjustments that otherwise would lead to shutting down a production line — costing time, materials and ingredients.

Bench and floor scales. Bench and floor scales are mainly used for inventory management. They offer high accuracy and reduce the possibility of revenue loss. They are quite compact in size and frame, making them a great option to implement in the dairy industry.

Scales with stainless steel bases are wash-down compatible and corrosion-resistant, making them ideal for the dairy and food processing industries. They are also rugged by design and are engineered to resist overloading and suddenly dropped loads. They can withstand the demanding conditions of a busy industrial environment with minimal maintenance.

Conveyor scales. Conveyor belt scales are incorporated into conveyor belts. These scales weigh the goods placed on the belts and allow in-motion weighing of the materials during the relocation process.

These weighing systems offer an efficient environment to improve production and throughput during the weighing and relocation process, thanks to their speed, performance and accuracy. They are extremely easy to install and provide highly accurate results.

They prove to be a practical choice to weigh in confined areas. You can integrate them with computer systems and printers to achieve improved processing. They feature a durable framework and versatile features that work effectively in demanding conditions.

Batch and recipe scales. Batch and recipe scales allow control of both manual and automatic ingredient addition. They make product selection easy by prompting the operator with a visual display, batch number traceability and output to a printer or host computer.

Hopper and tank weighers. Hopper scales are dependable and highly durable and have the ability to work with minimal human interference. They help in keeping a close watch on the existing inventory and can be used with a weight sensor to automate mixing of raw ingredients. Hopper scales are explosion-proof and can be used in various dairy processing operations.

Going forward, ensure that any weighing applications promote optimum use of raw materials. They should be easy to integrate with various software applications and inventory management systems for real-time traceability. You will need to monitor, record and document every stage of dairy production, packaging and shipping.