Tips and Tricks for Weighing on a Microbalance

A 10-Step Guide to Accurate Micro-weighing

Getting it right first time while working safely is essential in any analytical process, but particularly when using precious samples that are only available in limited quantities. A key part of the process is accurate weighing of small quantities of compounds, which requires a precise microbalance and a flawless technique. 

Consistent and safe weighing processes are critical in any laboratory. Choosing the right balance for your application and the correct location in the laboratory, along with correct operating procedures, is the key to success. Careful selection of a micro- or ultra-microbalance that incorporates features for safe operation and efficient process security is important for precision and consistency. Ideally this will include a temperature control system, tolerance profiles and good weighing practice (GWP) approved functionality that ensures traceable and reproducible results, with touch-free sensors to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. 

This guide offers tips and tricks to help you optimize the quality of your weighing results and make the delicate process of micro-weighing more consistent. This straightforward 10-step process will guide you through everything you need to know to ensure accurate and precise micro-weighing while maintaining user safety, including:

• Which microbalance is right for me?

• Where should I place the microbalance?

• Why is calibration of the microbalance important?

• How can I ensure accurate results every day?

• How can I deal with drifting weight results?

• How can I optimize working with small samples?

• How can I clean my microbalance more easily?

• How can I make the weighing process more efficient?

• What data capture / data transfer options do I have?

• Other helpful tips to optimize micro-weighing