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Postal scales give accurate weights to enable precise calculation of shipping costs. Use them to increase the efficiency of the mailing process and pack the right amount of inventory. Scales come in various sizes for different types of packages. Electronic options come with digital displays and various customization options while their manual counterparts work without electricity. Read More

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Consider the sizes

Some shipping scales can only weigh small packages, while others weigh large loads. The lowest weight range for scales is between 0 and 5 pounds. Medium options range between 5 and 100 pounds, and the highest range can handle from 101 to 1000 pounds. Options that can measure to the smallest units give the best accuracy.

Desktop scales are small enough to sit on a table. Use them to calculate postage charges for letters and small packages. Floor scales are large and need wide, strong platforms. Use these in warehouses or other applications that involve heavy packages. Some of them are free standing and portable, while others need special installation.

Types of postal scales

Postal scales come with various capabilities, which determine the level of accuracy they provide when weighing. Some digital scales feature remote screens that can display the weights to someone in a different location. Some options use the internet to compare postal rates from various companies. 

Finish all the mailing work in one station by opting for scales that can connect to postage readers and print out labels. Prevent tampering by protecting such scales with unique passwords.

There are three main variations of scales:

  • Manual scales use a spring mechanism
  • Digital scales display figures on a screen
  • Programmable scales calculate postal charges

Specialized shipping scales

Counting scales are a special kind of postal scale that can count large volumes of identical parts. They make work easier when sending packages that are composed of many parts. Counting scales can also be used for inventory management. Calibrate the scales for precision before weighing packages, and protect delicate objects from damage using bubble mailers.

Preparing packages

Some items use special packaging, for instance, artwork can be sent in mailing tubes. Choose scales that can accurately weigh such packages. Stock scales and other mailing supplies for a seamless flow of tasks. Other important materials for sending out packages include packing paper and envelopes.