Portable scales are weight measurement tools that are characterized by their ability to be moved from one place to another. Portability is a desirable trait in a weight measurement tool because moving a scale to a heavy object is often easier than moving a heavy object to a scale.
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Types of Portable Scales
At least a slight majority of all scale varieties are portable. There are a few situations in which a scale’s portability would be a hindrance to performance. Some extremely sensitive precision scales, if moved, can be disrupted and require calibration. It would be unlikely that there would be a need to move such a scale in the kinds of places where such scales are used. In other cases, portability is impossible. Structural truck scales, for example, are built into roads at highway weigh stations. Some floor scale varieties are also not designed to be portable because of their very large size and complicated design. In many other cases though, scales are designed so that they can be picked up, rolled, or carried from one place to another as needed. They often are equipped with wheels, handles, and other utilities to aid in their portability. They can be moved from tabletop to tabletop or from bench to bench. Consumers can even use them to weigh food items and then store them away while not in use. Portable scales are very popular tools because of their convenience and ease of use.
Applications of Portable Scales
Scales are important in a variety of industrial and commercial contexts. The healthcare industry, for example, makes extensive use of scales. Pharmaceutical companies employ them for the weighing and measuring of ingredients and hospitals for the weighing and measuring of patients. In both cases, portable medical scales allow for weighing to be performed wherever it may be necessary. In industrial contexts, industrial scales are used to weigh industrial ingredients, finished products, and a variety of other objects. In many cases, it can be more convenient and safe to move a scale to such products instead of the other way around. Counting scales, which are used to assist in weighing and counting many objects, can also be more convenient when portable.