Do not be fooled by service companies selling scale maintenance agreements that lack focus on calibration. Calibration is the most important component of any periodic maintenance program.
Companies purchase scales because product entering or exiting company facilities are determined to have value based on weight. Without assured scale accuracy, through regular calibration, a company can lose thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, due to inaccurate weights. Depending on the requirements and type of weighing device, annual maintenance costs for a truck scale run anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. When measuring the pros and cons of maintenance costs, most users find that protecting against a weighing error can more than pay for a maintenance program and, often times, the cost of the scale itself.