Starting up your own restaurant or kitchen can be difficult. There are a lot of items you'll need to have on hand. The issue is that many first-time owners don't know what is available to them. Commercial kitchens are teeming with new pieces of equipment.

And one of the most important pieces of equipment is a commercial scale.

These scales are far more advanced than a lot of people know, and the tricks that they can do help make commercial kitchens tick.

1. Compute Sales Price

The Computing scales of today can do a lot more than they could do decades ago. Computers have gotten cheaper. Chips have gotten smaller. You'll find commercial kitchen scales that come with a scale pole display.

These scales do more than just weight items.

These scales, offering a scale pole display, are ideal for high volume operations and last for up to 100 hours on battery. Weight capacities will vary, but these scales have the capability to:

  • Remember product codes
  • Remember product prices

If a restaurant is selling plates of tortellini at $10 a pound, the scale will allow the cashier or worker to plug in the product number and calculate the price of the item. This allows the customer to plainly see how much the item costs and how much it weighs.

There's no need to have a separate machine to do the pricing.

It's the quick and easy way to sell any item by weight. Commercial scales for food are advancing, and the computing scale just removes one more task that employees have to do.

Pricing errors are also reduced, making customers much happier.

The Easy Weigh CK-P30+ is a great example of a computing scale that mixes affordability with practicality.

2. Connect to a PC and Cash Register

A PC and Cash register interface scale is becoming a very popular option in today's restaurants and kitchens. You'll find these items as a mainstay in commercial restaurant scales, and you'll also find them being used by:

  • Farmers
  • Cafeterias
  • Markets

These scale offer technology compatibility that other scales simply can't offer. A PC and Cash register scale will offer the ability to connect the scale to:

  • POS systems
  • PC
  • ECRs

Productivity is increased, downtime is decreased when using these scales. Prepack applications are kept in mind in the construction of these scales, allowing most programs to work with them. Ingredients are weighed with the utmost precision using these scales.

These scales are easily incorporated into a business's current technology to allow for the same accuracy and precision weighing without the need for major investments or changes.

3. Label Printing

Label printing scales are used extensively at delis and cafeterias. These scales make weighing and printing a breeze. The LS-100-W is a prime example of what these scales offer. Commercial food scales with printers can:

  • Minimize downtime
  • Replace current scales without disruption
  • Offer custom design options

These scales allow you to weigh food and print a label that includes the item's weight and total price. A great option for any café, deli or eatery, these scales offer another form of transparency to the consumer and allow for easy printing options.

You'll find these scales anywhere that you buy commercial kitchen scales, and they offer high speed printing and language support.

Commercial scales have evolved greatly from what was available years ago. Scales for commercial use are advanced, and they allow commercial kitchens to operate with higher efficiency. The tips above can help you make the most out of the best commercial food scales.

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