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Retail Scales/Shop Scales

Retail Scales or Shop Scales, as they are sometimes referred to, are weighing machines that are used to calculate a price based on product weight.

In many countries it is a government requirement for the units to be approved to a standard often called Trade Approved.In the UK and across the European Community it is a legal requirement for anyone selling goods by weight to ensure the weighing scales they are using are fit for purpose.

These scales can be described differently which can cause confusion, trade stamped, trade approved, CE stamped, verified, class III approved, shop scales, OIML approved to name just a few. To ensure your digital weighing scale is correct or fit for purpose, you need to ensure the scale has a sticker with the letter "M" in black on it, a pale blue sticker with an identification number of the verifier (the person who has tested the accuracy) and a CE mark. Also ensure that all seals on the scale are intact.If you require more details on this, please do not hesitate to call us.

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  1. £235.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £325.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    6000g to 150kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 50g

    Adam Equipment GBK platform bench scales offer speed, performance and value. The GBK offers all the features needed for weighing, check weighing with LED limit indicators and parts counting with fully selectable sample or unit weight. Durable build for a variety of industries, the GBK bench scale can meet the demands of warehouse, production floor and general industrial, medical applications.

    Recent customers include breweries and food production companies.

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    £201.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £241.20 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 10g

    Adam Equipment's AZextra trade approved sweet shop scales are perfect for selling pic'n'mix and loose chocolates by weight in chocolatiers and commercial sweet shops. These scales are UK trade approved and come with a confectionary scoop included.

    UK trade approved shop scale for selling confectionary products by weight.

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    £136.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £225.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 10g

    Adam Equipment's AZextra Retail Shop Scale offers exceptional value for money These commercial POS scales are Trade Approved to Class III, have the black M label and conform to the requirements for trade use, they are also supplied with a certificate of conformity.

    UK trade approved shop scale for selling products by weight.

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    £95.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £235.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 15kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 5g

    The Adam Equipment trade-certified WBZ retail scale is ideal for shops with small counter space or facilities specialising in processing, preparing and packaging food. The large backlit display shows weight, price per kg and an oversized total price display. The WBZ features a stainless steel pan and IP66-rated washdown housing for protection against dust and water.

    UK trade approved retail scale for selling products by weight.

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    £136.00  (Ex.VAT)
    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 10g

    The Raven trade approved retail scale facilitates efficient commercial weighing and price computing. Manufactured by Adam Equipment, the Raven comes complete with total price and unit price displays.The Raven is a trade approved scale with EU Type Examination certification.

    UK trade approved scale for selling products by weight

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Retail Scales/Shop Scales Help

The M symbol has changed

Green M has changed to black

The M-mark and sticker that identifies scales as being verified as 'use for trade' has been changed from green to black. Some older stickers may also show a black M on a green background.

Q: Why do I need a trade approved scale for weighing food?

A: When selling commercially, scales with trade approvals are neccessary for ensuring the scale is working as indicated and that the weight of an item is correct and accurate.

From a business perspective, trade approvals from an official legislative organisation can help to safeguard your business if there is a discrepancy on items sold to customer by weight.

Many food-related businesses have used weight as the main factor when determining price. For example, until 2008 it was a legal requirement in the UK for bakeries to standardise the size of bread by weight, with standard sliced loaves measuring 800g and half loaves as 400g.

Other UK food-related businesses such as butchers shops still use weight in order to sell meat products in pounds, grams and kilograms. Whilst confectionary producers may require scales to accurately measure individual ingredients such as cocao powder, sugar and milk, when making chocolates to be sold in commercial supermarkets and shops.

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