Common Uses For Linear Scales

What are linear scales? Linear scales are devices that measure various things. This guide will explore more common uses for linear scales in greater detail.

Linear Scales For Measuring Length 


One everyday use for linear scales is measuring the length of objects, whether it's as tiny as a screw or something more significant, like a piece of lumber or sheet metal. In addition, linear scales can measure objects' thickness, such as the thickness of a sheet of paper or the diameter of a pipe.


For instance, when people can use custom cutting lumber or other materials, a linear scale to precisely measure the length of each cut, ensuring each piece is the same size, which is vital for many construction projects.


In the manufacturing industry, linear scales measure the dimensions of products. These measurements help ensure that products are consistent and meet quality control standards.


Linear Scales For Measuring Distance


Another everyday use for linear scales is measuring distance. These measurements could be the distance between two points on a map, the length of a road, or the distance between two cities. Linear scales can measure the height of a building or the depth of a river.


For development projects, such as building a new road or constructing a new home, linear scales are essential for measuring the distance of the project site. In addition, having accurate measurements ensures that the project stays on budget and meets deadlines. 


In the logistics industry, linear scales measure the distance between shipping locations. Using this data, the companies can streamline routes and optimize delivery times.


Linear Scales For Measuring Weight


Linear scales can measure the weight of an object. Common in industrial settings, where the properties of a product need monitoring for quality.


Applications where linear scales for measuring weight come in handy include :


  • In the food and beverage industry, to measure the weight of ingredients.
  • In the pharmaceutical industry, to measure the weight of pills and other medications.
  • In the manufacturing industry, to monitor the weight of products.
  • In the automotive industry, to measure the force of an impact in a crash test.


There are many other uses for linear scales beyond those listed here. For example, if you need to measure distance, weight, or dimension, a linear scale is likely the best tool for the job.


Calibration Is Key!


Linear scales have a wide range of uses, but it's essential to ensure proper calibration. Alliance Calibration is a leading provider of calibration services, offering calibration for various linear scales. In addition, we can help calibrate your linear scales.


When calibrating linear scales, technicians use a master scale that is traceable to NIST standards. As a result, calibration testing meets the highest standards for accuracy and precision. Every millimeter or gram matters when it comes to measurements, and that matters to us!


What is the Difference Between Linear and Non-Linear Scales?


Linear scales measure objects straight, while non-linear scales measure objects in a curved line. Non-linear scales measure things like temperature, pressure, and altitude.


Both linear and non-linear scales are essential in various industries, from manufacturing to architecture. In addition, precision is vital in many applications, and having calibrated linear and non-linear scales is critical to ensuring accuracy.


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Some examples of specialty scales include:


Architects Scale - an architect scale measures distances on a building or construction blueprint.


Construction Scale - A construction scale measures the distance between two points on a construction site.


Engineering Scale - an engineering scale measures the dimensions of objects. An engineering scale is helpful for manufacturing and quality control purposes.


Gram Or Ounce Scale - A gram or ounce scale measures the weight of small objects. Gram or ounce scales play a significant role in the foodservice and pharmaceutical industry.


Kilogram Scale - a kilogram scale measured the weight of larger objects. Examples include: 


  • Shipping Containers
  • Cars
  • Trucks

Metric Scale - a metric scale measures the weight or height of an object in metric units.


Imperial Scale - an imperial scale measures the weight or height of an object in imperial units.

As you can see, linear scales play an essential role in various industries. They are necessary for ensuring accuracy in measurements. If you need to make sure that your linear scales have the correct calibration, contact Alliance Calibration today! 


We offer calibration services for various linear scales, and our technicians are experts in the field. To get more information on our products and services, please contact us today to start the conversation. We're happy to help!

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Phil Wiseman

Phil Wiseman

Phil Wiseman is Chief Marketing Officer at Alliance Calibration. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Physics from Centre College. Phil is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor and ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.

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