Laboratory Balances: Types & Applications

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Have you ever thought about what our life would be without weighing balances? We are so used to them that pay little attention to what good they do. Producing food, construction materials, jewelry, and medicines, for example, would be impossible without well-known scales, especially laboratory balances. 

Used in a wide range of industries for measuring the mass or weight of usually very small samples, laboratory balances come in a variety of designs and form factors, but all of them are basically divided into four main types: 


  • Analytical Balances

Analytical Balances are highly-sensitive lab equipment. Designed for measuring the very small samples, they come with draft shields or weighing chambers to avoid the influences of dust and air currents. Offering precise weights, analytical balances require regular calibration and particular caution during use to retain accuracy. Some models may also include vibration resistance, data transfer, automation, and capacity range options. Analytical balance applications include the most complex and precise weighing tasks - from formulation, statistical analysis, and purity analysis to conformance testing.

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  • Precision Balances

Compared to analytical balances, which readability has a range between 0.1mg - 0.01mg, Precision Balances provide detailed measurements of larger amounts, usually up to one milligram. Available in a wide range of capacities, from several hundred grams up to kilograms, they are not as precise as analytical balances but still provide far more accurate measurements than the average scales. Precision balances can effectively accomplish various tasks, such as formulation, density determination, purity analysis, quality control, packaging, and filling, as well as materials and conformance testing.

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  • Microbalances & Ultra Microbalances

Microbalances and Ultra Microbalances - the most accurate types existing on the market. They can read weights as small as a millionth and a ten-millionth of a gram respectively. Being extremely sensitive, this equipment is highly susceptible to air currents, dust, humidity, and fluctuations in temperature. Microbalance & ultra microbalance applications include particulate matter (filter) weighing, ashing or incineration, drying, measurement of coatings, and checking spillage quantities, pipette calibration, analysis of pesticides, and stent weighing.

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  • Moisture Analyzers

Moisture Analyzers are used to measure the moisture content, based on the weight difference before and after the drying procedure, in various types of samples, including solids, liquids, and gases. As the amount of moisture is an important measure in most laboratory tests, moisture analyzers, frequently called moisture balances, are used in a wide range of industries - chemical, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, agriculture, and health care - just to name a few.

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Regardless of what balance type your application requires, it is highly important to buy only quality and reliable equipment to get the accuracy and performance you are looking for. Mega Depot, leading factory-authorized distributor, offers you a wide range of balances by world-trusted brands, such as Adam Equipment, Troemner, and Ohaus, that are widely known for producing safe, precise, and reliable laboratory equipment. These and other industry-leading manufacturers constantly improve their product lists to meet even the most demanding customer requirements.


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