How to Use Analytical Balance Correctly

Analytical Balances are the heart and soul of research and diagnostic laboratories where chemicals and samples are weight several times in a day. These weights further determine what the results would be, so it is critical to ensure that the weighing procedure is error free. Even a tiny bit of callousness, for example, waiting for a long time before weighing a material that absorbs moisture can change the actual weight and potentially lead to wrong results. On the other hand, consistent errors in results can lead to a loss of equipment investment and also jeopardize compliance with industry standards. This 8 step guide is a simple reminder of how to maintain your analytical balance and make the weighing procedure accurate and precise, always.

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Analytical balances represent the most accurate weighing standard for general use. These devices also excel at quantifying changes in mass as a result of certain processes such as evaporation. In addition to purchasing a high-quality analytical balance, it is essential to use and maintain your analytical balance correctly. Here are some best practices that analytical balance users should follow to ensure accurate weighing.

Tip 1

Do not use aggressive cleaning agents. Clean with a mild soap, and polish with a dry cloth.

Tip 2

Calibrate your balance at the location where it will be used. Re-calibrate on a regular basis and any time the balance is moved

Tip 3

Operate your balance in an environment where the ambient temperature is maintained between 180C and 300C.

Tip 4

Avoid vibrations by placing your balance on a stable surface in a draft-free location.

Tip 5

Use a leveling bubble and adjustable foot screws to ensure your balance is completely level.

Tip 6

Place a discharge ionizer next to your balance to prevent electrostatic charge from distorting weighing results.

Tip 7

Keep the door shut to isolate the weighing pan from the lab environment.

Tip 8

Avoid touching the sample pan with bare hands by wearing gloves.

 

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