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Trade Approved Scales for Food Industry Use

The scales and balances in this section can be commonly referred to as Trade Approved; this simply means that they can be used in any application for verifying the weight of a product which is sold to a market by weight or to ensure accurate contents on packaged goods.

What is a trade approved scale?

'Trade approved' is a term used to broadly describe a category of weighing scales that have been certified by a governmental body or recognised authority to comply with regulations for buying and selling goods by weight; the same products can also be referred to as Trade Stamped, Verified, Class III or Class II, EC Stamped, M Class Approved and sometimes Trading Standards Approved. These terms often mean the same thing; in the UK, scales are tested to a standard agreed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) EC and each machine must carry the necessary markings.

A good example of a product used to sell by weight is the Retail or Shop scale. In your local supermarket, retail scales are used to weigh fresh produce, meats and dairy, which are sold to you by weight and the price calculated at the checkout. Other examples include Butcher's shops that require trade approved scales for weighing cuts of meat that can then be sold in grams, kilos or pounds.

Packaged products are viewed differently and the law relating to the weight contents is designed to ensure that the item being purchased has a minimum content weight. An example for the Food industry is a packet of crisps, on the bag there is a weight and an "e" symbol. This means that the contents of the packet are not less than the weight indicated. A product like this has to have been weighed on a trade approved scale.

We sell a wide selection of scales manufactured by Adam Equipment and A&D that are legal for trade in the UK.

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    From: £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. Recent customers include health food shops, confectionary makers and general convenience stores.

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    M - Trade Approved

    Brand new bench checkweighing scale manufactured by Adam Equipment, featuring audible checkweighing alarms, stainless steel top pan, and a colour changing backlit display to easily determine overweight, underweight and exact weight items. Extremely popular in the health supplement market and with electronics parts retailers.

    This new Adam Equipment bench scale is highly versatile combining high-precision and portability for weighing a variety of products including paints, food, medicines and small-medium sized manufactured parts.

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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 pricing retail scale with optional scoop attachment ideal for use in sweet shops for selling confectionery by weight.

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    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    600g to 5000g
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 0.1g

    Adam Equipment’s Highland trade approved precision balances are well-suited for education, lab work, field use, food weighing and many industrial applications. The HCB is a portable, compact scale that easily fits on a worktop surface. This model features UK trade certification for selling food, cosmetics and other products by weight.

    Portable, legal for trade scale suitable for food portioning.

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    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    1000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 50g

    The SJ-EC is a low-cost, compact bench scale with UK trade approvals, ideally suited to any basic food weighing application where selling by weight is required. Perfect for home catering businesses, coffee shops and professional kitchens.

    Perfect for weighing cooking ingredients. Recent customers include specialist dairy producers, artisan bakeries, coffee shops and tearooms.

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    RRP £985.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    120g to 3200g
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 0.01g

    The FZ-iWP trade approved precision balance brings top of the range performance to the price conscious. The Air Pump Controlled Internal Calibration system provides high-reliability & fail-safe calibration. Featuring 1 second stabilisation with the C-SHS Weight Sensor. This model offers significant waterproof and dust protection.

    One of A&D's top UK trade approved precision balance perfect for food testing laboratories. This model offers significant water protection over standard models.

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    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. Recent customers include organic food stores, bakeries and fudge makers.

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    RRP £375.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    60kg to 600kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 100g

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

    Large floor scale ideal for checkweighing crates and pallets of produce for stock-taking.

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    From: £235.00  (Ex.VAT)

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    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 an animal breeding center, machinery components manufacturer, brewery, and a water treatment engineering firm.

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    M - Trade Approved

    UK trade approved and certified, Swift price computing scales are required to weigh when buying or selling a wide range of items including meat in butcher shops, produce at supermarkets and cosmetic products which specify a weight value on the label.

    Includes removable, easy-to-clean stainless steel weighing pan with drip channels for diverting spills away from the scale. Recent customers include zero waste retailers, coffee shops and a dairy farm.

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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: Is there a particular trade approved food weighing scale I should use?

A: Many of our trade approved scales can be used to weigh food products. Retail scales or shop scales tend to be favoured as food weighing scales as they are easy to use and easy to clean. Additionally, certain food weighing scales such as the AZextra Price-Computing Retail Scales are commonly used in butcher's shops and fishmongers for calculating the price of meat in grams, kilos or ounces.

AZextra and Raven trade approved retail scales can perform accurate weighing solutions and specific price computing. A range of optional mild steel scoop attachments can be used alongside Raven and AZextra scales to weigh fruit, vegetables, meat and confectionery securely.

Q: Who would need a trade approved food scale?

A: Any business that intends on selling products by weight will require a scale that is legal for trade, however, the best trade approved scale for your business will depend on the the products you wish to sell. Trade approved scales are particularly popular in markets stalls, small retailers and home businesses.

Farmer's markets may use a trade certified scale for selling fruit and vegetables, whilst a butcher's shop will require a certified butchers scale in order to attribute a price per kilo, pound or gram of meat. Similarly, sweet shops that allow you to fill bags of pic'n'mix with sweets using a scoop will require scales that are legal for trade.

Restaurants may advertise portion sizes according to nutritional value, therefore restaurant kitchens will require professional food scales that have trade approvals as a way to ensure portion sizes are consistent and match the specified weight. Likewise, home catering businesses such as confectionery or chocolate makers will need a legal for trade scale throughout the production and distribution process. The weight of chocolates will need to match the weight specified on the packaging in order to be sold legally on the basis of weight.

Q: What do the trade approved acronyms stand for?

A: The trade approved acronyms usually represent the government or legislative body who set the standards for weighing instruments. Here is a list to some of the most common approval bodies you will see:

The scale or balance conforms to European standards.
International Organisation of Legal Metrology is an inter-governmental organisation based in France. Commonly associated with calibration testing and weights.
The National Type Evaluation Program is used to test and certify equipment and weighing instruments before they are sold in the United States for trade use.
M Class Approvals:
The Black M sticker indicates that a scale or balance meets the legislative criteria required for selling products by weight. (Note: Previously a Green M sticker rather than the new Black M).
Class II or III:
Commonly used for medical devices. Class II and III approvals refer to the accuracy and division of a balance or scale which can indicate what weighing applications your scale or balance be used for. (e.g Class III for scales with a readability of 0.1g to 2g+ or Class II for scales with readabilities of 0.1g to 1mg+)
The National Measurement Institute sets the measurement standards of the Australian government.
The National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications is a an off-shoot agency of the South African Government Department of Trade and Industry.
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