TS–009 Discrimination test on digital weighing instruments
To prescribe the maximum acceptable load required to perform a discrimination test on a digital weighing instrument.
- Weights and Measures Regulations 1999(external link)
- Regulation 57 – Discrimination
Regulation 57 of the Regulations requires a discrimination test to be performed at:
- Minimum capacity
- Half maximum capacity
- Maximum capacity
The regulation states that for a digital weighing instrument, a load of not more than 1.4 of a scale interval when applied to or removed from the load receptor must create a change in the reading.
It is therefore acceptable to use a load of ≤1.4 x scale interval to perform this test.
|Discrimination test load||Instrument type|
|1.4 x d||Instruments fitted with auxiliary indicating devices where ‘e’ is not equal to ‘d’ and d ≥ 5 mg.|
|1.4 x e||Instruments fitted with auxiliary indicating devices where ‘e’ is not equal to ‘d’ and d< 5 mg.|
|1.4 x e||Instruments, where ‘e’ = ‘d’. (e.g. Class III and IIII)|
In Class III and IIII instruments, where delta loads ( = to 1/10th of ‘e’ ) are used to determine an error in a weighing instrument at minimum, half maximum or maximum capacities, and those applied delta loads (up to 1.4 x e) cause the instrument to discriminate to the next division, the instrument will be considered to have passed the discrimination test at that load.
Trade Measurement — Technical Policy
|Policy number:||TS - 009|
|Effective date:||August 2016|
|Policy name:||Discrimination test on digital weighing instruments|
|Reviewed by:||Davis White, Legal Metrology Advisor and Senior Trading Standards Officer|
|Approved by:||Phil Sorrell, Team Leader Compliance and Inspection|