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The Brains Behind it All

The indicator – sometimes referred to as the scale head, read-out, or digital display – serves as the main hub of your scale system. The basic function of the indicator is to interpret a signal from a load cell and display the weight of the material mass that is on the scale. In more advanced setups, the indicator is often relied upon to record and export the weight data to software or cloud-based platforms for record-keeping purposes. Remote interaction, such as zeroing the scale and adjusting the settings, can be used to expand the features of the indicator to the convenience of your smart devices.

What to consider when choosing an indicator

Fitting the purpose

Choose an indicator that fits your needs today, but without sacrificing tomorrow’s potential. The easiest way to find this sweet spot is to purchase a basic indicator that supports added features. This keeps your upfront cost relatively low and opens the door to add the features you need, when you’re ready. That’s a big reason why we developed the POINT® indicator. We believe every farm is different and a scale should be easily customizable to fit different purposes.

Support after purchase

Downtime can quickly turn into lost money, and scale systems are made up of sensitive components that can wear out over time. Most of the issues we see are related to load cells or electrical wiring. Ask manufacturers how they service and support their products. Knowing you can pick up the phone and talk directly with an experienced technician provides a lot of peace of mind during the busiest times of the year. Advanced in-field support, such as remote access and virtual diagnostics, can greatly speed up the repair process.

Size and display preferences

Consider where you will install the indicator. How much space will it take up in the cab? If you’re installing it on a feed wagon or grinder/mixer, imagine trying to read the display from different distances, angles and lighting.

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Before buying an indicator, assess its compatibility with your current equipment. Note the connection types on your load cells and any remote displays. If you plan to use your indicator to record and export your scale data, consider how it outputs this information and interacts with your digital devices.


Your scale needs to perform in extreme weather conditions. You also need it to stand the test of time – enduring day after day of sun exposure, seasonal changes and the occasional power wash. For the best protection from the elements, look for an indicator that is a completely sealed unit.

Why Choose Scale-Tec

We believe every farm is different with a unique set of challenges. We build exceptional scale components, engineered to adapt to your operation’s needs. But as farmers ourselves, we know that’s not enough. That’s why we’re here to support you, no matter what scale you have or who you bought it from.

Count on us to help you repair a damaged scale system and get you back up and running. Let us help you install a new scale kit or recommend ways to upgrade your existing system. Ask us to help you choose what kind of scale technology is right for your operation, based on your goals and preferences. One-of-a-kind challenges like yours have fueled our innovation for more than 25 years. Let us help you find the solution!

Request a Quote

Tell us about your equipment and our experienced staff will build you a customized quote. Be sure to include your contact information – we will reach out with any final questions in order to deliver accurate pricing.