Choosing a Weighing Scale.

Considerations when choosing a weighing scale.

Choosing which weighing scale to buy can be a challenging part of your business.  There are several considerations that you as the business owner will need to determine. Weighing scales can be expensive but many of the products on the market will give you many years of trouble free service providing that they are the correct one for the job and that they are cared for properly.

Below are some basic guidelines for determining which type of weighing scale is right for your business.

Type of Application or Industry

First of all, what is the purpose of the scale. Is it being used for measuring ingredients for baking?  Or will it need to be a legal for trade scale? Is it to be used in a laboratory setting? Or for that butcher shop you always wanted to open? Does it need to print labels? Does it need the ability to connect to your point of sale system? Or will it be a standalone.

Pole scales are an option for purposes where a raised display is appropriate


What environment will the weighing scale will be used in?

Secondly, where will this scale be used? Will it be in a cool dry area used for selling bakery products? Or will it be used at the receiving dock of your business where it will be subject to extremes in weather? Because if the scale is used in a hostile environment, it had better be able to handle the weather. 


Weight Capacity.

Third consideration is what will be the smallest/ largest item that you anticipate weighing?  What is important is that you choose a scale that is able to handle the weight you put on it and read it in the increments that you need.


Readability.

Will your weighing scale need to display in lbs and ounces?  Or kilograms? What are the incremental values that are needed to be displayed?


Platter size for weighing scale.

Platter size is an important consideration when shopping for a weighing scale

Consequently, it is important that you choose a weighing scale with the correct platter size. It is not uncommon for the scale purchased in the summer to measure containers of potato salad, to be insufficient when you start to sell frozen turkeys.


Ease of use.

Finally, what is the level of tech savviness that will be needed to make and keep the scale functional.  There are simple out of the box weighing solutions, while there are products that require advanced programming capabilities. So you need to be honest with yourself regarding your level of computer knowledge.  

There are so many choices when it comes to choosing your equipment. If you need help, trained staff at Automatic Equipment Service can assist you with every aspect of your weighing scale needs. 

Antivirus Software. What to Look For


In keeping with our “Basic Internet Security” theme, let’s take a look at antivirus and anti-malware software. While we cannot possibly cover all the different programs out there, we do want to cover the basics of what you should look for in this software.

Most systems come with a trial version of antivirus software already installed. These may not always be the best choice due to cost, but considering they come with a discount code if you sign up they may be a good option. Our advice is to not uninstall these programs if you choose not to use them.

It is important to note that Anitvirus and Malware are different. I asked our technical director to give a basic differentiation between the two:

“While discussing it (the term antivirus and malware) you can use it interchangeably.”

“While talking about purchase options not so much.”  Especially with software that say one or the other in their name (ie Malwarebytes). Seeing as the differences between the two basically come down to how they infect a system not so much what they do while they are there. Virus is an active hunter effectively and malware kinda just hitches along for the ride.” (hence sometimes harder two get rid of) – Nick Chernwichan , AES Computer Tech

How antivirus software differ from firewalls is while firewalls do prevent unknown applications and programs from accessing your device, they do not identify or remove anything. They help by limiting the activity of malicious software by blocking incoming and outgoing requests on certain ports. This may not prevent a virus or worm attached as a link in an email from getting through. Phishing emails are a good example of this.

 

The “phishing” email was not stopped by the firewall. Hence it ends up in the users inbox and if the user clicks the link in the email, it sets some bad stuff loose in the form of malware or adware just to name a few.

 

This is where antivirus software takes over. The software is designed to be “on the alert” for the nasties and when it detects their presence, it captures them and moves them to a quarantined file – basically jail- for the nasties.

Antivirus will also detect items that could potentially be a problem and will quarantine these files as well. The user may then review each file to determine whether it is safe or not prior to downloading.

It is important to note that while Windows Defender that came with your computer has gotten better over the years, it is still somewhat a lower ranked antivirus software.

The question is – which software is the most suitable for your needs?  Free or paid? There are some very good free programs out there, but generally the paid products offer more features for a yearly subscription cost. You will have to decide for yourself what you want.

Below are some general guidelines to help in your decision.

Malware or Antivirus- As stated at the beginning there is a difference between the two. When deciding on a product to purchase, you want to make sure that it scans for and protects against all major virus and malware threats including ransomware and rootkits etc. Make sure you ask questions if you are not sure, as you want to pay for the features you need and not for ones you don’t.

Ease of use – Pick a product that that fits your technical capability. Some people like to adjust their settings while others want to just install and forget it.

Free trial – If a product offers a free trial, it gives you the opportunity to try before you buy to see if it is the right product for you.

High malware detection rate- You will want a product that stops the majority of malware, whether it is common malware or zero-day malware (brand new)

Email and web protection-  Make sure the product automatically screens email attachments and web pages before you open and or load them.

Doesn’t slow down your device-  Be careful that the software does not overload your computer either during active scans or while it runs in the background.

Keep in mind that with any of these products it is extremely important that you keep them updated.

Hopefully this article will give you a very basic knowledge of antivirus products and how to look for the right product. I have also included some links below which the reader may find helpful.

Happy internetting.

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/antivirus-software-buying-guide,review-3586.html

https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/what-is-the-best-antivirus/

https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-choose-great-security-product-thats-right-you

https://lifehacker.com/the-difference-between-antivirus-and-anti-malware-and-1176942277

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/security-center/virus-differences.html