How To Use A Counting Scale

One standard question that we receive quite often is, how to use a counting scale or how does a counting scale work? The easiest answer is to manually count out ten of the same parts and place them on the scale. Then let the scale determine the average piece weight and at that point you can add more of those same parts to the scale and the scale will automatically count them for you.

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Sometimes it can be that simple, but there are other factors that develop which can cause some problems. First, as we’ve mentioned before in our counting scale reviews, some scales for counting parts are easier to use than other models. If a scale is hard to use it might lead to more potential user error or have a negative impact on counting scale accuracy. Every now and then a customer will ask what is the best counting scale? That can be tricky to answer since there are actually a number of pretty good scales in the market place.

If you’re having a tough time figuring out which scale will work best for you, we suggest taking a look at the user manual or instructions. This will give you some insight into the basic operation of the scale and give you a basic overview of how the scale works.

Counting scale sample size can be very important too. This is really the foundation for the accuracy of your parts counting efforts. Your parts need to be the same weight and you need to get a good average piece weight. One of the easiest ways to do that is by getting a good sample. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the Digi DC782 scale or the old Digi counting scale dc 80.  If you do this correctly, you will virtually eliminate error and establish excellent levels of accuracy on all your counts. Click here for additional info.

CAS EC Series Counting Scales

Designed with reliability in mind, the CAS EC Series Counting Scale stands alone its field. High accuracy and simple to use are standard features with this counting scale. The EC series also has an optional label or receipt printer available to record the counts that you acheive onto paper or labels.  EC series counting scale is great for use in manufacturing, parts shops, hardware stores, etc. Capacities available include 6, 15, 30, and 60 lb. The scale features High Internal Resolution (1/600,000), Easy to read LCD with Blue Backlight, and Rechargeable battery and standard AC power.

Digi DC788

DIGI DC-788 Series

The DIGI DC-788 parts counting scale exceeds all expectations of a counting scale at a price point that can’t be beat! With a capacity of up to 100 pounds, and an optional rechargeable battery that provides up to 24 hours of continuous usage, this durable counting scale offers tremendous power and virtually unlimited flexibility. Its bright red LCD display can be seen from any angle and is highly visible in low light areas.

DC788 Digi Counting Scale

If accuracy and ease-of-use are important, the DC-788 is a must-have. With its RS-232 interface, you can easily attach a scanner or printer for all your labeling applications. And only the DC-788 enables you to customize your output by allowing specific spec codes to be disabled. With the DC-788’s increased capacity and power, you can now do much more economically!

  • Counting resolution of 1/1,000,000
  • Auto recomputing function
  • Negative sampling and counting (count out of a full container)
  • Vivid, bright red display
  • Simultaneously weight display, unit weight, tare, and quantity
  • Net/gross weight display
  • Lb/kg weight display conversion
  • Full-duplex RS-232 output to PC or printer
  • AC or rechargeable battery operation* (battery optional)
  • 100 product look up registers

Pennsylvania 7600

Pennsylvania 7600 Counting Scale

FAST, ACCURATE AND DEPENDABLE. The Pennsylvania 7600 Counting Scale features heavy duty cast construction, premium load cells, and bright LED display. Accurate and reliable in a wide range of applications. Full numeric keyboard. Simplified, one button counting. Automatic Sample Update. Weight displayed in 2 units of measure plus count. Utilizing the PLUS+ series Main Board technology, these products are designed to be user-friendly and highly productive, provide long accurate service. Pennsylvania Counting and Weighing scales and indicators are intentionally clean by design. These 7000 Series products feature 1:16 million internal counts, with 10,000 displayed weight graduations.

Pennsylvania 7600 counting scale

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Cardinal CS

Cardinal CS Series Digital Counting Scale

The built-in rechargeable battery pack with up to 200 hours of continuous use not only monitors the battery life, but also recharges the battery while the scale is in operation insuring no unexpected “down time.” Preset count and weight limits can be set to alert the operator that a quantity or desired weight has been achieved. The is an excellent feature for packaging of parts and products.

Cardinal CS parts counting scale

With 15,000 weight divisions, the Cardinal CS Counting Scale is capable of counting the smallest of parts. The CS series includes memory accumulators to keep total piece count and weight from the last time the memory was cleared. This feature is great for keeping a running total on specific parts and products. The CS scale packaging can be re-used when storing or transferring the scale. A vinyl dust and debris cover protects the CS scale from all of the dirt that can accumulate over long term use

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Ohaus EC Series Counting Scale

ohaus ec portable battery powered counting scale

The Ohaus EC is a battery powered portable parts counter

Ohaus EC Counting Scales are an economical digital parts counting scale and designed for fast, accurate operation. Ideally suited for annual inventories, parts rooms, rentals and other counting applications, with an internal counting resolution of 1:600,000. Ohaus EC Counting Scales offer accuracy, durability and portability in one practical design.



Salter Brecknell B120 Counting Scale

The Salter Brecknell B120 counting scale is economical and you can depend on it for a variety of office and light industrial use. Intuitive keystrokes and an easy to operate design allows for quick operator training, and a variety of functionality.

Salter B120

Salter B120

Additional features of the B120 include a configurable “Auto off” setting and power switch to increase performance of battery life, simple field calibration using weights between 25%-100% of the scales capacity and piece weight memory allowing you to count identical items without having to obtain a new sample piece weight. Also includes LEDs to indicate status of low battery, AC power and charging of the battery.


A&D FCi Parts Counting Scales

A&D Weighing FC-i Parts Counting Scales

One of the most powerful and useful features of A&D FC-i Counting Scale is ACAI, Automatic Counting Accuracy Improvement. It is not a new feature but a feature AND Weighing had incorporated to the first generation of FC counting scales in order to maximize the accuracy of counting without sacrificing ease of use. However, once in a while we, and the people at the factory, get asked why it is there or even if it can be removed. The reason is simply that some operators do not understand how it works. Since the theory behind the ACAI involves some knowledge of statistical mathematics about errors, it sometimes discourages people to even try to understand what it is. In reality, ACAI is a result of the careful observation of how a counting scale is being used at workplaces. Continue reading

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We are here to help you find parts counting scales available at Central Carolina Scale. For more information on Digital Counting Scales or to view our complete listings, please visit our main website  Welcome to Central Carolina Scale, the premiere online source for all your parts counting scale needs. For over 25 years, we have been providing our customers with high quality digital piece count scales and weighing products from the worlds leading manufacturers, like Digi, Cardinal, GSE, Salter Brecknell and Pennsylvania.

DC-190 Counting Scale

Digi DC-190 Counting Scale

Call us at (919) 776-7737 or send us an email if you do not find exactly what you are looking for. If you’re looking for a Counting Scale be sure you come our weigh! Central Carolina Scale has slowly but surely become known as the perfect place on the internet to find counting scales. Our 25 years of experience providing rental scales for inventories has given us the experience required to properly recommend the proper counting scale for the right application. Only the best industrial counting scales are available. We don’t sell the cheap no name counting scales that won’t last. From low capacity, economical Digi DC-782 counting scales and Salter B130 battery operated counting scales to Cardinal heavy duty parts counting scales to Ohaus ultra precision high resolution piece counting scales. Need to count large quantities of small components, try the Digi DC-788 or high resolution Digi DC 300 Counting Scales — or perhaps the GSE 675 portable scale. Need a counting scale for general use, try our CAS counting scales. Great for counting hardware, nuts & bolts, printed matter, etc…

With a capacity of up to 100 pounds, and an optional rechargeable battery that provides up to 24 hours of continuous usage, this durable DC-788 counting scale offers tremendous power and virtually unlimited flexibility. Its bright red LCD display can be seen from any angle and is highly visible in low light areas. Capacities Available: 2, 10, 20, 50, & 100 lbs. Also available with a remote platform. GSE is the global leader in programmable weight indicators and parts counting scales. GSE products are ideal for simple weighing or counting of anything from gold dust to freight trains. Developed to satisfy the demand for basic, portable counting scales at an economical price, the Model 370 Counting Scale is an entry-level addition to the Parts Counting product line. It has the same heavy duty cast aluminum construction and design elements as the Model 675 Counting Scale.