Trade Approved Scales & Commercial Scales
Trade approved scales and commercial scales are available from AccuWeigh to suit all legal-for-trade weighing applications.
Commercial scales is another term for trade approved scales - scales that can be used for commerce (to buy and sell over). AccuWeigh has an extensive range of commercial scales available that comply with National Measurement Institute of Australia (NMI) certificates of approval.
Certified scales are scales that have been certified by an accredited servicing licencee as conforming to the relevant NMI certificate of approval for trade use. AccuWeigh has staff available in all mainland states able to certify scales for trade weighing applications.
Trade measurement is the system that regulates the buying or selling of goods and services where the value is determined by measurement. Whether you are buying or selling cheese by weight, milk by volume, or fabric by length, it is important to know your consumer rights and business obligations under trade measurement laws.
DEFINITION OF A TRADE SCALE
A trade scale is one used in "determining the consideration in respect of a transaction". In other words, if the weight reading of a scale is used to buy or sell product, or to charge a tax or toll, it must be considered as a trade scale. As a trade scale, it must be either certified by an inspector from the NMI, or certified by a licensee. AccuWeigh is licensed to certify trade scales in all states of Australia.
Scales to be used for trade must be of a trade-approved design. The design has to be certified by NMI before being released to the market. Scales that do not have a trade-approved design may be just as sensitive and as accurate as a scale with a trade-approved design. However it is illegal to use this scale for trade, and can very severe penalties can be incurred if found to be used thus.
WHY ARE trade approved scales MORE EXPENSIVE?
As explained above, a scale that is proposed to be trade approved is initially submitted to NMI for stringent analysis and testing. This takes time and, more importantly, money. For a manufacturer to submit a scale for trade approval represents a significant investment, both initially and on an ongoing basis. This extra level of certification is why trade approved scales cost more.
AccuWeigh's fully trained and highly experienced sales staff are available to offer free and professional advice on which brand and type of scales best suits the client's budget and the needs of all weighing application, from laboratory balances to multi-deck weighbridges.