Digital Beam Scales

Digital Beam Scales

Balances for measuring weight date back thousands of years.  Balance beam scales for measuring weight date back hundreds of years.  In fact, the mechanical balance beam scale used in many clinics relies on this same outdated technology.  With a complex set of moving parts including springs and levers, these designs are subject to wear and tear, and can drift due to environmental conditions.  They also suffer from errors by the operator when making the adjustments of the moving counterweights.

Enter the digital age.  Modern scale technology uses a load cell to perform the weighing process, providing instant weight measurement on an easy-to-read digital display.  A load cell is a transducer that is used to create an electrical signal whose magnitude is directly proportional to the force being measured.  They can be calibrated to a high level of accuracy, and since they have no moving parts this accuracy is maintained for a much longer life.

Tanita introduced the world’s first digital beam scale in 2004, incorporating a standard load cell design within a footprint that duplicated the traditional mechanical beam scale.  Clinics were soon pulling out their old outdated mechanical beam scales and replacing them with a digital version.  Nurses found this new design much easier to use, and due to their near instantaneous measuring capability productivity increased 10 fold, reducing weigh-in times an average of 30 seconds per patient.

Tanita provides multiple choices of the digital beam scale to meet any weighing need.  With weight capacities from 440 lb (200 kg) to 660 lb (300 kg) these scales are suitable in hospitals, clinics, spas, gyms, clubs, and weight-loss centers.  Models with or without a built-in stadiometer (height rod), all will have digital outputs for transmission of data along with an on-board body mass index (BMI) calculator.  Designed to withstand many years of constant use in high traffic environments.

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