At most farmers markets around the United States, state inspectors use calibrated weight kits to validate and certify digital scales for commercial transactions. Laws and regulations can vary from state to state but generally it is a good idea to purchase a scale that is Class III NTEP approved, legal for trade. The scale will have a Certificate of Conformance (CoC#) that should be posted somewhere on the enclosure. Of course, this is something we’ve been saying for years and years but we still see sellers every now and then trying to use some cheap scale they bought on ebay for $35. In fact, next time you’re buying something over a digital scale like chocolate, candy, or frozen yogurt, take a look at the scale and see if you can find the CoC #. Take a look at the article below for additional info.
At farmers markets, growers have the option to sell produce by weight. If they choose to do so, they will need to meet the South Dakota laws regarding certified scales. South Dakota Codified Law requires any device used in a commercial transaction to be an approved NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program) device, meet the requirements of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Handbook 44, and to be certified and sealed (inspected) by the State of South Dakota Department of Weights and Measures. This includes countertop scales, typically found at farmers markets. Inspecting a scale is beneficial to both the vendor and consumer, as it ensures both parties are receiving fair and equitable treatment. For example, consumers want to feel confident they are “getting what they pay for,” while vendors need to know they are not giving away their hard earned product.
Vendors should purchase a scale with a NTEP certification. This certificate indicates that the scale demonstrated the ability to be properly calibrated and can hold calibration over time. Keep in mind that no device is perfect and must be adjusted periodically. Scales can be purchased off the Internet, from scale companies in South Dakota, or additional locations you may select. – See more at: http://igrow.org/community-development/local-foods/farmers-market-operation-certified-scales/
We should also mention that you should get your scale checked and calibrated each year. We suggest doing this in February (or whenever your “slow” time of the year is) when your weighing needs aren’t quite as intense as they are in spring and summer. At this time you should make sure your scale is accurate and purchase any accessories like spare rechargeable batteries or keypads so there are no surprises during your busy time of the season.
In today’s entry we’re going to provide some very basic operating instructions for the new Ohaus Aviator 7000 retail scale. Of course, once you receive your scale you can immediately use your scale for weighing and selling. Check with your local state weights and measures for the correct procedures for your particular state.
1. Place the item on the scale.
2. Enter the unit price. (enter the unit price as usual without the decimal point, but with all the decimal places)
The price to pay is displayed.
3. Remove the item from the scale.
All displays return to 0.
You fill containers with your products or customers bring their own
container. The tare function makes sure that only the goods are entered
and paid. If you know the weight of your containers, you can enter the tare weight
via the keyboard. So you do not have to tare the empty container.
Taring an empty container
1. Place the empty container on the scale.
2. Press the Tare key.
The weight display is reset to 0.000 and the NET symbol appears.
The tare weight is displayed in the bottom line of the display.
3. Fill the container with the goods to be weighed.
4. Carry out pricing as described above.
5. Remove the container from the scale.
All displays return to 0.
1. Input the known tare value and press the Tare key.
The input tare value is displayed in the bottom line of the display and the PT cursor is lit.
The weight display shows the negative tare value.
2. Place the item with container or wrapping material onto the scale.
3. Carry out pricing as described above.
4. Remove the item with container or wrapping material from the scale.
All displays return to 0.
There are a number of questions that potential customers will often ask regarding NTEP legal for trade scales. How do I know if my scale is a NTEP legal for trade variety? Any NTEP approved scale manufactured after 1986 must be labeled Class III if it is commercial quality. It will have an identification plate with the serial number, the manufacturer’s name, a model number, maximum capacity, number of measurement divisions, CoC#, and size of the smallest measurement. Also, one other subject that is asked about is “classes” that are used in describing the legal for trade status of scales. Often you will see NTEP Legal for Trade Class III. But, what exactly is the definition of class 3? Handbook 44, the book that spells out rules and regulations for the weighing industry, separates weighing devices into five accuracy classes. Continue reading →
Digital price computing scales like the CAS ER JR are designed to take all the guess work out of pricing. These general purpose computing scales for direct sale of commodities in stores such as supermarkets, delicatessens and groceries are designed for portable use with AC power and built in rechargeable battery. The ER Jr certified scale is ideal for farmers markets, sandwich shops, bakeries, candy and coffee shops, convenience stores, produce markets, hardware stores and more. The scale features a 30 pound weighing capacity.
The ER Jr legal for trade certified price computing scale exemplifies CAS Quality and will give you years of dependable service at an affordable price. The ER Junior features a 30 pound dual range NTEP approved capacity. The scale has (3) direct price look ups (PLU’s) and includes a bright liquid crystal display on the operator side for the scale operator and on the customer side for the customer to see. The display includes a vibrant blue backlight.
The ER Jr from CAS Corporation is completely portable with the built in rechargeable battery which lasts up to 200 hours (without backlight) on a single charge. A low battery indicator lets you know when it is time for a charge. The ER Jr legal for trade produce scale has a small footprint at 11.75 inches x 12.75 inches and will fit easily on counter tops, tables or any tight workspace. With best in class features and an affordable price, you can place multiple ER Jr price computing scales throughout your business to ensure customer satisfaction and maximum profitability. Additional standard features include lb/kg unit switching and three different methods to enter a tare weight: platter tare, keyboard tare, and programmable tare for a PLU. If you’re in the market for a basic retail scale that can calculate price per pound, then you may have found the perfect item for your needs. If you need a price quote or additional information please call the sales department at Central Carolina Scale at (919) 776-7737 today.
We usually focus on the digital retail scales that you see at the market each week but today we wanted to look at a classic scale you’ve probably seen at a produce market. You would be surprised at how often customers ask if they can still purchase a hanging scale for weighing their produce at the farmers market. Even though we now have the super fast and relatively reliable digital scales available, many customers actually ask for the proven performer with the dial that spins around to display the weight. Sometimes it actually does make a lot of sense to choose one of these classics. If you don’t want to fool around with batteries every few weeks, then a hanging dial scale might be a good choice. If your location has an overhang or tent that is easy to attach a scale to, then this might be a good idea for you.
Of course, if you choose to go this route, you will want to choose a NTEP certified legal for trade hanging scale like the Chatillon series. It’s also a good idea to get a scale that has the double dial so both sides can see the dial and completely agree on the weight that is listed on the scale dial. Unfortunately, if you do choose one of these scales, you will need to bring your calculator with you to calculate the price per pound.
The Chatillon Century Series hanging scale is well known for accuracy, dependability and reliability. The Century Series feature a glass-covered 7-inch dial that reads clockwise. A double dial option is available (one dial reads clockwise, the other counter clockwise). These scales feature a corrosion-resistant band, bezel and housing and have a rugged, steel inner frame. Scale capacities are reached in two pointer revolutions.
The Centry Series are Class lll “Legal for Trade” scales. Century Series can be supplied with a CG Series scoop or the popular CAS circular pan. The CAS Pan is constructed of stainless steel. 3-inch deep round pan has drain holes. The CG Scoop is ideal for weighing loose materials. Scoop and suspension chain of galvanized construction.
Below is an example of a typical farmers market rules and regulations application. Of course one of the key elements that we focus on is the scale. If you are selling to your customers based on weight (which you should) then you will need to understand how the scale check procedure takes place to certify your scale for selling produce to the general public.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, jams and jellies, cheese, vinegars, cider, frozen meats and poultry, maple products, baked goods, breads, ready-to-eat foods, handmade soaps, flowers, bedding plants, and potted plants are examples of products that may be sold at the market.
Market management will supply farmers/vendors with market canopies and will provide assistance with the setup and breakdown of the canopies each market day. Late comers may be responsible for the setup of their canopy. Each farmer/vendor will be responsible for providing tables, tablecloths, certified scales, signs, containers, and change. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is responsible for inspecting the scales at the farmers market. DCRA will check scales for accuracy during the first month of the market opening. Scales must be clearly visible and readable to customers at all times. Any problems identified by DCRA must be corrected. If you have any questions regarding your scales, please contact the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Weights and Measures
Every now and then we get asked about rules and regulations when it comes to selling fruits and vegetables to customers. The general rule of thumb is if you’re selling by weight, then you should use a scale that is legal for trade and has been checked by your state inspector. Here is a link below that basically backs up that assumption.
Vendors selling by weight must provide their own certified scales. Regarding scale certification, any vendor selling products across a scale must have a scale that is legal for trade and certified by the Bureau of Weights & Measures, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food.
The scales that we usually talk about each month can be referred to as quite a few different names. Some folks call them retail scales while others prefer to say they are scales for computing the price per pound. Others like to say they are calculating scales or certified legal for trade. We generally just call them price computing scales. These products work great at places like fudge shops, candy stores, frozen yogurt stores and farmers markets because the operation of the products is pretty simple.
You basically place the item on the scale, enter the price per pound that you wish to charge your customer, and the scale computes the price per pound on both the front display and the back display. This is great because both the farmer or the candy shop owner can see the price and the customer buying the apples or the cup of butter pecan frozen yogurt can see how much they owe. Speaking of yogurt we also should mention that some of the scales can compute price per ounce which is especially useful for sellers looking to charge patrons by the ounce.
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There are many popular reasons to purchase a commercial scale for retail applications and one of the most popular reasons is to weigh strawberries by the pound. Did you know that North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation in strawberry production with approximately 1800 acres of strawberries harvested each year so there are a lot of folks placing a bucket of freshly picked berries on the platter of a scale at the farmers market. People love strawberries because of their taste but they are also high in Vitamin C and A.
The great thing about picking berries at the farmers market is you get your berries direct from the farm. Pick your own farms are usually convenient for most consumers and you can normally expect to find at least one retail weighing scale at each of these locations. Of course we’re biased but we always recommend buying or selling your strawberries by using a certified digital scale. We have seen some sellers who just fill up a pail but that can sometimes lead to giving a customer too much or not enough berries. That is the great thing about weight. A five pound bucket when placed on the scale should weigh five pounds, where as a full bucket of strawberries might vary depending on the size and quantity of berries placed in the container.
Of course not all of us have time to walk through the field picking berries all day. If that is the case for you, you can always go to a farm that offers picked berries or find a local farmers market.
It is kind of fun to look through our different software programs that we use to see exactly what folks are searching for when they visit our site. We see many of the standard terms like price computing scales with printer and legal for trade price computing scales. But we also see a lot of other words and phrases that you might not necessarily think of with our site. As you know this site is completely centered around retail scales and specifically what are price computing scales used for. Of course over the years we have gone over all kinds of subjects like what we think makes the best price computing scale and how to use these scales too. We’ve also showed you what some of the key features are when it comes to our wide selection of scales that calculate price per ounce. We have noticed a lot of people searching for price computing scales china and our hunch is that you might be looking to find one direct from China or perhaps something else. We highly recommend that you stay away from the really cheap scales that calculate price per pound. There are several reasons. First they are probably not going to be easy to use or easy to understand since the manual is probably going to be written in chinese or some type of hybrid chinese – english. Secondly and most importantly the scale is more than likely not going to be NTEP approved. We also call this legal for trade. If the scale isn’t NTEP legal for trade then you really shouldn’t use it in a commercial setting. In the majority of states, you need a NTEP legal for trade scale to use in a commercial setting and if you get caught using a non-ntep scale, the state inspector could shut you down until you get a certified scale.