Some industries such as food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical and personal care, have always held a very high standard of cleanliness and hygiene in all stages of work and operations. However, in light of the global situation we are facing where hygiene has become especially important no matter what industry, it may be worth investing in a hygienic weighing scale that is easy to keep hygienically clean and sanitary.
Some features to look for in weighing scales that are suited for hygienic environments include:
High IP Rating
Weighing scales with an IP65 and above level protection are waterproof, and the higher the rating, the more resistant it is against water. For example, IP65 rated scales are able to protect against spills, while IP66 rated scales can be hosed down with water jets. Scales that are rated IP67 and above, meanwhile, are suitable for thorough washing and can be submersible.
It is important that your weighing scale has a design that allows it to be easily cleaned, which therefore reduces the risk of cross-contamination. A hygienically designed scale – one with minimal or no gaps and hard to reach corners – also helps to speed up cleaning processes, so you or your team can easily wipe or wash the scales after every use.
Stainless Steel Pans, Housing, and Components
Ensure that your scale has a stainless steel pan, housing and components wherever possible, especially when using it in applications where fine powder debris or spillages may be present. Check that the load cell is either epoxy coated or stainless steel, for maximum protection.
A&D Weighing Scales for Hygienic Environments
A&D Weighing offers a wide range of washdown and waterproof scales with various IP rating levels:
The SK-WP Series can also be certified for NMI trade use, and come in capacities ranging from 1kg to 20kg, with increments from 0.5g to 10g. Dust and waterproof to IP65 standards, these scales also feature a stylish and hygienic stainless steel body and a large square weighing pan that are easy to wash and clean.
The SJ-WP-BT Series is IP67 flour/dust and waterproof, allowing it to be submersible for thorough washing. It also features a scratch-free and hygienic stainless steel weighing pan, a waterproof and anti-corrosive load cell with integrated overload protection mechanism, and touch sensitive capacitive keys to prevent damage from sharp objects. These bench scales can be trade certified for NMI Australia.
With a high IP68 rating protection and a stainless steel base, the SC Series is a great solution for use in harsh environments where a high level of corrosion resistance is required. It also has a stainless steel pan and epoxy coated, corrosion resistant load cell, and can withstand day to day rigours of wet area use. The SC Series can be trade certified for NMI Australia.
The SW Series is a heavy duty bench scale with an IP69K rating, the highest level of protection against dust and water. Besides being suitable for regular high pressure hosing and cleaning, these scales are also protected against the effects of condensation. The streamlined construction allows easy cleaning of food-processing residues. It also has a stainless steel weighing pan, frame, and load cell, as well as touch sensitive capacitive keys to ensure permanent waterproofing. The SW Series can be trade certified for NMI Australia.
View our complete range of waterproof scales and balances, or contact the A&D team directly for more information.