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Industrial Hanging Scales

Industrial Hanging Scales

Overhead weighing and hanging scales can be divided into 3 sections: Load monitoring (load shackles), load measurement (dynamometers), and single-point weighing (crane scales). Here we’ll cover the difference between the three and the best manufacturers to choose from.

Choosing between shackles, “dynamometers”, & crane scales

In short, load shackles help ensure equipment or lines don’t break or snap. “Dynamometers” are typically used to get total weight of objects being weighed at multiple points. Crane scales are typically used to get certifiable weights from a single point.


Load Shackles
(Overload Prevention)

Because they measure shear force instead of tension, load shackles are less precise than other options but require less headroom and come at lower prices. For this reason they’re used in critical lifts to ensure no single line is overloaded (particularly useful for lop-sided loads and dynamic applications.)

A lift is “critical” when dropping the load would result in significant damage, injury, or spillage of hazardous materials.


(Shared Load Measurement)

Though technically a general term, “dynamometer” here refers to a tool for measuring tension between points. They are great for standalone, legal-for-trade applications, they are also commonly used in multi-point weighing. Using them in this fashion is widely accepted, but their NTEP certifications do not apply because the readings are difficult to replicate.

Crane Scale

Crane Scales
(Single-Point load Measurement)

Crane scales are “dynamometers” with apparatus for convenient, single-point weighing. These usually include swivels, large openings, and hooks for quick attachment and loosing of loads.

Choosing a Manufacturer

When quality is a priority, the choice between Straightpoint, MSI, and RON (Eilon Engineering) is somewhat nuanced. For northwest applications that can be addressed by MSI, we’ll recommend them. For most others we’ll recommend StraightPoint. We’ll recommend RON when their product is smaller or easier-to-use than other options for the application. We’ll recommend CAS when cost is the most important factor and not a lot of features are needed. As a point of reference, CAS products generally come in about 15-20% cheaper than other options.

StraightPoint vs CAS vs MSI vs RON


Recommended for hazardous gas environments and when safety is a principal concern.


From Raw Materials

Advanced Software

Large Selection

Good Support

MSI vs RON vs StraightPoint vs CAS

Custom Solutions

Recommended for particularly unique applications, especially those in the NW.


From Raw Materials


Integrated Solutions

RON vs StraightPoint vs CAS vs MSI


Recommended for uncomplicated applications and when portability is important.


From Raw Materials


Easy To Operate

Fast Shipping

CAS vs MSI vs RON vs StraightPoint


Recommended for simple, short-term, and indoor applications that require lower capacities.



Limited Capacity

Affordable Parts

Easy To Operate


StraightPoint was first to market and is the only manufacturer of load monitoring/measuring products that are certified to be used in hazardous gas environments. They’re popular in the gas, oil, and manufacturing industries for this reason, but are also widely adopted in the aerospace and fishing industries. They have an expansive array of products, have the most sophisticated software, and offer notably good support to accompany it. StraightPoint is also considered to be the industry’s safety leader. Like all other manufacturers they source some of their electronics but build the rest of their components and load cells from scratch using quality, tested materials.


MSI is a quality manufacturer local to the NorthWest. Their products don’t cover some applications (like critical lifts) but are close enough that we can drive to their facility and pick up parts in an emergency. They build everything but circuit boards from scratch, and because they’re a smaller supplier, they have the flexibility to deliver custom solutions.


RON is a line of Eilon Engineering (a high quality supplier from Israel) whose models are favored for their compactness and wireless, plug-and-play setup. They also build their load cells and components from scratch and have notably low lead times and fast turnarounds.


CAS is a large, low-cost supplier. Their options here are mainly limited to lower-capacity crane scales, which we recommend for some indoor applications. CAS is a reliable manufacturer who stands behind their warranties, but because they source their components they can experience variations in quality.


Many factors will interact to determine which option is best for your application. Just fill out the form to the best of your ability and we’ll help identify the right ones.

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