Laboratory Balance Manufacturers
We have had a broad selection of balances over the years, from the ultra-sensitive balance to the tough-as-nails, get-the-job-done scale. Each of these instruments has its job in the lab and a laundry list of features and benefits, innovations, capacities, and price points to cover just about any use case. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most popular and reliable companies we’ve carried.
Mettler Toldeo Balances
As one of the pioneers in the field has a long history with roots in both the US and Switzerland. Mettler Instruments was founded in 1945 offering single-pan balances that gradually replace the, at the time, more traditional two-pan balances. In 1989 they acquired Toledo Scales, which started in Toledo, Ohio around the turn of the century, expanding their reach and production capabilities worldwide. Mettler Toledo serves industries from Chemical Processing, Food, and Beverage, Raw Materials, and Jewelry, all the way to transportation and logistics.
Mettler Toldeo also added instruments to their offerings such as titrators, UV/vis spectrophotometers, pipetting under the Rainin banner, and much more. Their laboratory weighing solutions are robust, with weighing automation, software, and moisture balances. Analytical Balances such as the XS64 feature quick settle times, the smart grid system, and bright backlit touch control. Mettler Toledo also carries a full suite of supporting equipment like printers, certified weights, and mass comparators for weight traceability.
Ohaus Lab Balances
Another balance manufacturer with proven dependability is Ohaus, headquartered in New Jersey. Founded in 1907, by Gustav Ohaus and his father Karl, a scale mechanic, they began with the Harvard Trip balance, a double-pan mechanical balance. This company’s history includes innovations such as the first die-cast scale, investing in the first Target store, and producing their first line of electronic balances in 1979 and the first moisture balance in 1984. Their lab balances such as their flagship Explorer Line first introduced in 2012, features bright easy to ready displays, robust weigh modes, and a broad range of capacities. The Ohaus balance lineup covers not only analytical, precision, and portable lab balances, but also moisture analyzers, industrial scales, and calibration weights, even food scales.
Sartorius has the honor of being in business for 150 years, producing the short beam balance housed in a glass case, the proto-analytical balance in 1870. In the years that followed they acquired additional scientific instrument companies that produce and develop items such as microtomes, membrane filters as well as astronomical devices and telescopes. In 1971 Sartorius introduces the first nanogram balance. The Gravimat, which was about the size of a bookcase, was tasked with measuring the carefully preserved samples of moon rock collected by the Apollo 11 mission.
Sartorius Balances are built with the idea of customization in mind and nifty features such as detachable displays. The Sartorius lab balance line includes ultra micro balances and balances that tout high-tech features such as touch-free control draft shield control and automatic leveling for high-performance accuracy and precision.
Shimadzu is a worldwide brand and a leader in scientific equipment. Founded in 1875 by Genzo Shimadzu, this historied company has such achievements building Japan’s first x-ray in 1909, Japan’s first spectrograph in 1934, and many other innovations that earned Genzo an invite to the Emperor’s dinner party for the greatest inventors in Japan. Not only do they offer balances but they also cover disciplines like Chromatography, Material Testing, Analyzers, and other scientific equipment. Their lab balance lineup includes multiple analytical balances, moisture analyzers, and a hand anti-stactic devise to help prepare powders for processing.
Other Noteworthy companies include A&D balances a reliable producer of not only lab scales, but also more specialized tools such as mass comparators, check weighers, counting scales, balances legal for trade, and explosion-proof scales for hazardous materials. VWR balances cover multiple price points, and degrees of precision, and feature sturdy construction and fast stabilization.
The steadfast and reliable manufacturers we’ve carried over the years have proven time and again they are durable investments. All of the lab balances for sale that comes through our doors are inspected and calibrated with our in-house weights. Each balance shown on the site is also in stock with a clean bill of health. Should you have any questions about any of the balances you see, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to answer any questions and get you set up with the right tool for the job.