Legal for Trade Scale- Ensures Good Business Practice

A legal for trade scale is basically a precision weighing scale that has approval of National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) administered by National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM). The scale is used for commercial operations where product is sold by weight. The scale is tested in accordance with the codes laid down by the handbook 44 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

A legal for trade scale is subjected to stringent testing before it is awarded the certificate that allows the manufacturer to indent the legal-for-trade-mark on them. This makes it possible for them to sell the precision weighing scale to the end user for commercial use. The high quality electronic components and technology used in the manufacturing process, makes the NTEP scale costlier than a weighing scale that does not have the mark, legal-for- trade- mark.

The quality conformance test checks the weighing machine over a specified voltage range and subjects it to varying temperature. It closely monitors the ability of the balance machine to maintain a high degree of accuracy in-spite of repeated loading that is one-half of its capacity.

It is necessary to check for important features of a legal for trade digital scale to see whether it matches the NTEP and individual requirements. Some features like dual display, capacity versus display, Tare feature, computer pricing, printer, spill proof covering, battery and or 110v connection, removable platform, warranty and price should be checked thoroughly before investing in the precision weighing scale.

The new regulations make in mandatory to indent -Not for Direct Sales- on legal for trade scales that do not have the dual display unit. This makes it necessary for the end-user to install a second display unit in such a manner that it gives the customer an unhindered view of the weight reading. This ensures a greater transparency during the weight reading and ensures compliance of good business practice on the part of the end-user. When there is greater trust between the seller and the buyer it is good for both of them. You can learn more at

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Lawrence has been in the weighing machines industry for the last 14 years. He has been interested in the penetration of digital scales across various market segments. He has participated in the wide adoption of digital scales such as floor scales by small, medium and large businesses. His special area of interest has been maximizing the value proposition of a digital scale. You can know more at