This question is extremely subjective because it depends a lot upon the following factors
Which industry you are in?
What is the maximum that you want to weigh
What is the accuracy level that you desire
What is the product that you want to weigh
Let me explain why I am asking you these questions before I can generalize a rule to go about which is the best scale for you
Which Industry are you in
At Hindustan Scale Company (HSCo) we firmly believe that the industry that you are in should shape the scale that you are going to purchase. For example if you are in the retail agriculture industry and in the retail poultry industry, you would need a 30 kg scale for both since its retail. But in case of a retail agriculture industry, you would need a MSB scale and in the case of the Retail Poultry Industry you would require a PRC scale which is a price computing scale. If you take MSB for the poultry scale or the PRC scale for Retail Agriculture (Grocery) industry, you would be looking at very surprized customers.
What is the maximum that you want to weigh.
If you are in the Fishing business and want to weight at the port a tub of fishes, it would range from 60 kgs to 300 kgs. So you have to decide what is the maximum that you want to weight and select the scale accordingly. We always recommend that you take a scale that has a weighing capacity of atleast 20% more than the maximum that you would want to weigh, to factor in the rough handling of the scale by labour and accidental dropping of excess weight on the scale.
What is the accuracy that you desire
This entirely depends again upon what industry you are in. if you are making life saving drugs and need an extremely precise scale you would have to buy a very high accuracy scale. So you need to go for a class I scale. On the other hand if you need to weigh grocery, then an ordinary scale with Class III accuracy of 1 gm is also ok with you. So again, it depends entirely upon your industry.
What is the product that you want to weigh.
The type of product that you want to weigh decides the shape of the scale that you will purchase. Like if you want to weigh animals, you will need to go for a platform scale. On the other hand if you need to weigh grocery and want to keep the scale on a counter top you will need to buy an HSCo-SSS scale. Also if you have a counter top then you would ideally want to buy an HSCo-MSSP.
Now that we have covered the most important parameters on choosing the weighing scale, log on to www.hindustanscale.com or download our HSCo App. You have a suggest a scale option. Type in the four parameters that are mentioned above and the system would suggest the scales that you can purchase for your commercial use.
What is Government Stamping and Why is it So Important?
Before we even address the topic of Government Stamping, we need to understand how important the weighing scale is, to maintain HONESTY in the system.
Say if you go to a local Kirana store and ask for One Kg of Dal. The shopkeeper needs to be sure that he is giving you at most 1 kg of dal if not less. On the other hand, you have to be sure that you are receiving 1 kg of Dal and not less. Now how will you tell that the dal is 1 kg exactly so that its not a loss for either of the parties. It is through a Weighing Scale (preferably a HSCo Branded one ;)). So the weighing scale actually makes sure that the shopkeeper remains Honest, and the customer is given what she has paid for.
Now let’s assume that the weighing scale is not accurate. In this case, it would either show the weight more than the actual weight (in which case the shopkeeper is benefiting) or shows less weight (in which case the customer is benefitting). Hence there is DISHONESTY in the system because the other person is not getting the full value of the transaction.
Here is where the Government comes in place – The Legal Metrology Department to be more specific. What the Government does is, it checks the weighing scale and if it is proper it would seal the scale. So if the scale has a Government seal, you can be sure that the scale is not tampered with. Moreover, the government also issues a certificate of authenticity with the details of the scale and the Legal Metrology Inspector who has verified the scale and in whose presence the scale has been stamped.
So let’s say a manufacturer like Hindustan Scale Company (HSCo) had made a weighing scale and it has passed all its rigorous internal testing. After the scale is checked by the QC team, a government challan is filled paying the requisite fees for the Government Stamping of the scale. A local inspector is assigned the task of verifying the weighing scale’s genuineness. The inspector would come to the factory, check the weighing scales and if the performance of the weighing scale is found to be satisfactory, it would issue a certificate in the name of HSCo saying that the scale is now fit to be used by the public and also put his seal on the weighing scale so it cannot be tampered with. This is true for an Electronic and Mechanical scale. So if the scale is certified by the Legal Metrology Department, then you can be sure that the scale is showing you the correct weight.
Now when Hindustan Scale Co – HSCo is selling and electronic scale to the local Kirana owner, three things would be given. The scale Itself, the Invoice and the ORIGINAL GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATE. The Government also mandates all shopkeepers to display the certificate wherever the scale is being used.
How to read a certificate that is issued by the Legal Metrology Department.
The legal Metrology Department has two types of certificates. One is for Digital Weighing scale that is individual for each scale. So it would have a serial number, other details, etc of a SINGLE WEIGHING SCALE. On the other hand the certificate for mechanical scale is in a lot. Example Hindustan Scale Company – HSCo has manufactured 100 pieces of 20 kg Weights. So HSCo will not be issued 100 certificates. It would be issued a single certificate having the quantity of 100 pcs of 20 kg Weights. The below Certificates would make it clear
Electronic Scale that we manufacture for 300 kgs.
The bar Code that identifies the certificate
Serial No: The serial number of the Certificate. This one will be carried forward in your next certificate once you Restamp your scale at the end of the Renewal cycle
Date: The date when the certificate is issued
Place: Place of stamping. This would be either the inspector’s office or the Manufacturers premises as mentioned in the Pt 5
Manufacturer’s Name and Address.
Inspector’s Name: The inspector who has verified the scale and putting his/her seal on the scale
Receipt No: This is the receipt for the amount that the Manufacturer deposits in the Government Treasury
GRN Number: This is the GRN number when the manufacturer fills the verification fees of the Scales online
Details of the Weighing Scale that is being Verified:
The maximum capacity of the weighing scale. In this scale we have verified a 100/200/300 kg scale.
Make: Hindustan Scale – This is our own manufacture
Serial Number: THIS SAME NUMBER IS TO BE MENTIONED ON THE STAMPING PLATE OF THE SCALE. IF THE NUMBER DOESNOT MATCH DONOT BUY THE SCALE FROM THE DEALER OR VENDOR.
Class: This is a Class III scale which means that is a medium accuracy scale. Class II scales are high accuracy scales that are used in Jewellery and bullion industry. Class I scales are used for ultra high precision like diamonds and life saving drugs. There is also class IIII scales that are low accuracy scales. These are used for Coal, Hay, etc.
This indicates that this certificate is valid for how many pieces. In this case the certificate is valid for one (1) piece
This is the cost of stamping of the scale. In this case it is 400/-
This is the total fees that Hindustan Scale has paid for this scale.
Date before which the renewal has to be done: THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DATE. IF THE SCALE IS NOT RENEWED BEFORE THIS DATE YOU ARE LIABLE FOR UPTO A FINE OF 25,000/- OR MORE. For electronic scales its one year.
This certificate can be used by the manufacture. In this case it is Hindustan Scale Company
This is the digital signature of the verification inspector along with her division
Absolutely all the points are same as in the case of electronic certificate. The only differences are that in a mechanical scale certificate
In the point 9a and 9e there was only one scale. Here there are a lot of weights, one piece of 100 gm, 5 pieces of 20 kg CI Weight, etc. Hence Mechanical scales are verifies and the certificate is given in Lots.
Look at the Due Date: In this case when you compare the date of stamping and the date of restamping, the difference is two years. Hence always look at the due date to Restamp the scale.
You see, there is an additional charge of 185/- This is the on premise fees. That because the inspector has come to our premise and stamped the weights and hence taken an additional charge of 50% extra to cover his time and travelling expenses. So don’t be suspicious if there is an extra line in the expenses.