Why Food Scale Calibration is Essential

If your business operates within the field of food and beverage production, regular food scale calibration is a must. Simply put, the process of calibration involves experts in instrumentation examining and adjusting individual pieces of equipment to ensure utmost accuracy.

Frequent, comprehensive calibration vastly improves efficiency, optimises quality control, compliance aids and could even save you money. Your company may use top-of-the-range IP rated food scales, but, without regular calibration, the quality of their performance will eventually decline.

Below, the team from GNW Instrumentation will explore why food scale calibration can make all the difference to the performance of organisations operating within industrial food production. We’ll also explore how – and how often – to get your weighing equipment tested and maintained.

Benefits of regular food scale calibration

Equipment accuracy is exceptionally important in the food industry. For the best possible impact, food scale calibration must be undertaken regularly. As a result of doing this, your business will be able to achieve the following:

Accurate and reliable measurements

The central purpose of calibration is to ensure that all equipment and instrumentation operate as precisely as possible. This allows for highly accurate quality control and a replicable product every time.

Precision measurement capabilities can also allow your organisation to scale levels of production up or down with ease, as ingredient quantities can be altered with exceptional efficiency.

Regulation compliance

Compliance with food standards and food hygiene regulations is, of course, vital to any organisation’s successful and safe operation within the industry. Not only does it ensure the production of high-quality food items, but it also promotes sanitary conditions and upholds consumer safety.

It is the moral duty of food production companies to adhere to all regulations carefully. Failure to do so could see your organisation investigated and penalised. Legal action may result, which could lead to the suspension of your operations or even the enforced closure of your premises.

Properly calibrated and regularly maintained equipment is a key aspect of compliance – as is superb quality control, which accurate calibration equipment can help to ensure.

Cost-efficiency and waste reduction

The precise measurements made possible by quality calibration will enable your organisation to utilise only what is needed – no more and no less.

Well-calibrated scales mean that your stock can be carefully prepared and your food or beverage units produced with little to no wastage, saving you money.

Improve quality and food safety

The ability to measure ingredients with exceptional accuracy can help food and beverage companies maintain an exact level of quality with an exceptionally low risk of errors.

This is highly beneficial for several reasons – including the vital capacity to adhere to stringent food safety standards, keeping consumers safe.

Enhanced reputation and trust with customers

If you keep your food scales well-calibrated, you will be able to produce high-quality products that are the same every time. This means that your customers will know exactly what to expect, and will feel confident that the items bought from your company are reliable and familiar.

Minimised downtime and reduced risk of failure

Of course, regular food scale calibration helps to prevent wear and tear and can mitigate the risk of equipment failure well before it is likely to happen.

This means that downtime for repairs and the cost of unexpected replacements can be significantly reduced.

Food scale calibration frequency

The frequency with which your business’s scales will need to be calibrated depends on several factors.

We recommend annual servicing at an absolute minimum, but regularity and intensity of use, vibration, humidity and temperature can all have an impact on the accuracy of your equipment – and you should therefore carefully consider the timescales that will best suit your specific machinery.

Where can I get my food scales calibrated?

You must arrange for your weighing equipment to be regularly maintained and calibrated by experienced specialists.

GNW Instrumentation has been providing these services for more than a decade – not just within food production, but also as an industry leader in the automotive, aviation, heating, ventilation, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, fire and rescue, manufacturing, medical, aerospace, defence and marine sectors.

We frequently undertake on-site calibration to reduce downtime and risk to equipment, and to improve in-situ accuracy.
GNW Instrumentation also sells a range of high-quality weighing and measuring equipment designed for use in a wide spectrum of different sectors. Explore our selection and learn about the instrumentation that is available for use within your industry right here.

If you’d like to learn more about our calibration and maintenance services or to arrange for the inspection and optimisation of your company’s equipment, simply get in touch with our team of experts today. We’ll be more than happy to advise you – and we can calibrate machinery from any manufacturer.