Helpful Tips for Picking the Best Digital Indicators for Your Lab Scales

Helpful Tips for Picking the Best Digital Indicators for Your Lab Scales

Picking the best digital indicator for your lab scale systems can be a big challenge.

Picking the best digital indicator for your lab scale systems can be a big challenge. With an ever-increasing set of indicators and digital displays available to buy, it can be hard to know which one is the best type for your system. If you work in a laboratory setting, you know just how essential it is to have accurate readings for your scale systems. Risking accuracy and precision for your experiments or tests can negatively skew your data. Read on for some helpful tips to help you get pointed in the right direction for choosing digital indicators!


The nature of your application will place specific demands on the needs of the scale indicator. The straightforward applications will require little more than just the ability to display weight. More complex systems will require different functions like batching, data logging, tare, analog output, counting, and the capability for other user-programmed lab experiment settings.

System Requirements and Digital Indicators

A digital indicator should definitely be able to interface with every element in the scale system. While virtually all indicators have serial ports that can interface to a printer or remote display, a few indicators require additional signal conditioning in order to send data to other parts of the system that could trigger a shutoff or initiate other actions within the application process. It is imperative that the indicator has the right connections required for communication too.

Lab Environment and Digital Indicators

The environmental and physical conditions in which the scale system works is important to consider when picking an indicator. Factors like humidity, temperature, dirt, dust, water and exposure to the elements can affect the life span of your digital indicator. Picking an indicator with the proper environmental protection is the key to minimizing any potential problems.

Capacity Required

It is crucial to pick an indicator that is able to read accurately at both the highest and lowest weights required. Ideally, there should be just enough display room for every required digit with one extra digit available. This is key for getting accurate readings.


A lot of digital indicators are able to display results in various units such as kilograms, grams, ounces, pounds, and many more. Specific applications require particular weighing units. For example, a scientific scale system might require the indicator to be able to toggle between grams, ounces, and newtons, while a truck scale system would require kilograms and pounds. Keep this in mind if you need to swap between various units during your experiments and tests.


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