A Legal For Trade scale is a product that has been certified by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP). A NTEP approved scale is required in any commercial application where the price of goods or services is determined by weight.

Who is the National Type Evaluation Program? Basically it's an entity of it's own, made up of a collaboration of the National Conference of Weights and Measures, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Government. This agency performs rigorous testing on all scales wishing to become NTEP certified, providing a single place for evaluation that remains fair and unbiased for the entire industry.

There, now we got the technical jumbo out of the way. So who needs a legal for trade scale? I'll give you some examples.
  • A Deli would need a Legal for Trade Scale, because they sell meats and cheese by the pound.
  • A Shipping Center, like Kinkos, needs a Legal for Trade scale because they sell shipping services based on weight.
  • A freight liner would also need a NTEP certified floor scale, because they transport goods for customers based on weight.
There are many other uses for these types of scales, but a good rule of thumb to follow is this. If you are selling anything at all in a commercial environment, and you need to weigh items... you more than likely need your scale to be NTEP certified.

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