Ink Mixing Scales
Why do we weigh ink when mixing colors for screen printing, letterpress or tattoo ink mixing? Scales are essential to mixing ink colors because they allow you to follow an exact formula to avoid waste and ensure consistency. Once you obtain the perfect Pantone (PMS) color, a formula based on weight can ensure that you replicate the same formula with specific quantities measured precisely every time. Customers expect reliable results, and if they place multiple orders with their logo, for example, it must be the same color every time. It is recommended to weigh in grams because ink mixing is done by ratios which make conversions and scaling easier.. Accurate resolution down to 0.01 g will ensure that you are mixing the right combination of inks every time. Even if you are mixing your own color formulation measuring it by weight allows you to record your formula so you can recreate the exact mix again.
A gram scale with accuracy to one-hundredth of a gram is preferred. Balances with higher resolution are more costly. Extra features that are nice to have are scales that can be washed down, have a sealed keypad to prevent damage from spills, and scales or balances that calculate density or specific gravity, integrated formulation and percentage weighing.
On this page you will find our recommendations for the best value in precision ink mixing scales. Our popular HRB-INK3002 has been upgraded to the new HRB-XG-3102. this is the same old favorite, with a larger weighing platform that could better accommodate a glass plate or mixing board, a higher sensitivity sensor for greater and faster precision, and a rear display for customers or multiple users. CLICK HERE to read more about the new upgraded HRB The HRB-XG is also available as a Milligram Balance (0.001 g) which offers more precision at a greater price. If you prefer the original HRB-3002, you can still find it in all stainless steel, which is a more robust body and easier to clean. And the CKT paint mixing scale offers a larger platform and extra features like density/ specific gravity calculation, percent weighing and sealed keypad.
CLICK HERE for an illustration showing how a print shop customer uses the HRB to mix ink