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  • 30 lb. capacity
  • Pre-pack key saves time by retaining unit price
  • 12 5/8" x 9" stainless steel platform
  • Front and rear backlit LCD displays
  • Up to 99 PLUs, including 14 direct, for quick reference
  • Adjustable non-skid feet and internal bubble level ensure accurate weighing
  • Auto shut-off, sleep, and backlight off modes save battery

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How Portion Scales Can Help You Control Portion Sizes

How Portion Scales Can Help You Control Portion Sizes

Portion control has been an often talked about topic in the food service industry for as long as I can remember. Every operator knows they should practice good portion control; every chain account that I’ve ever been in has procedures in place to make sure that things are getting measured. And yet so many operators still sacrifice consistency and throw their money away by not having a good portion control game plan in place for their enterprise. Hi, I’m Steve Ziegler, product expert at the WEBstaurant Store. Let me show you a few examples of how portion control can affect your business. The first thing I’d like to discuss is consistency. Not only can one person’s estimate of the right amount vary widely, but the problem only gets worse when you’re talking about more than one employee. For example, if I go into your sandwich shop and I receive this sandwich made by Joe, I’m probably going to be pretty happy. If later on I go in and get this sandwich made by Jack, not only am I going to be unhappy, but I’m probably going to complain about it. And the sad thing is, if this meat had been split evenly between these two sandwiches by using a scale, I probably would have been a very happy customer. So portion control is an important part of customer satisfaction. Next, and even more importantly, by not having portion control in place, you’re slowly robbing yourself blind. Here, let me show you. You see these two sandwiches being prepared here, I measured this one with 3 ounces of ham. This one I just eyeballed, and it looks right, doesn’t it? I made lots of sandwiches in my time and I’m a good estimator. But just in case, let’s go ahead and measure the meat on this sandwich. Well, I was a little bit off, that’s 4 ounces right there. Even though it looked the same, it’s very easy to be off by a good bit. Three to four ounces, that’s one ounce off, that’s 1/16th of a pound, that ham cost me five dollars a pound, now let’s think about this a little more carefully. Now 1/16th of a pound times $5 a pound, were only losing $0.31 cents a sandwich. But I serve 30 sandwiches a day 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, which brings me to the fact that by the end of the year I have managed to lose $2,901.60. That is money that I’ve worked for, now I’ll never recoup. But if you’re a better estimator than me, let’s say you’re only off by an 1/8th of an ounce. With this same ham, you’re only going to lose $362.70. Which is just fine, because your kids really didn’t want that PlayStation that badly anyhow. Every chain restaurant has a portion control program in place because they’ve studied it, and they know it’s worth the effort. So put that money in your pocket, show your staff this video, and begin your portion control program today.

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Save money for your business by learning how to control the sizes of the portions you serve! See how seemingly insignificant mistakes in portion size--such as being off by 1/8 of an oz.--can make a huge difference in your yearly profits.

Cardinal Detecto D-Series Scales

Cardinal Detecto D-Series Scales

Detecto's low profile D-series price computing scales offer a number of valuable features for retail weighing operations. The D-series comes in models with weighing capacities ranging from 15 lb. capacity x 0.005 lb. increments (6 kg x 0.002 kg) to 30 lb. capacity x 0.01 lb. increments (15 kg x 0.005 kg), up to 60 lb. capacity x 0.02 lb. increments (30 kg x 0.01 kg). The D-series is NTEP: legal for trade and is designed for commercial weighing operations at farmer's markets, delis, bakeries, candy shops, convenience stores, produce markets, coffee shops, and hardware stores. Detecto's D-series displays weight, unit price, and total price on the front and rear backlit LCDs for both the operator and the customer to view simultaneously. The LCD with backlighting can display up to six 1/2" (13 mm) high digits for even very large amounts to be shown for the unit price and total price. The scale offers up to 99 easy-to-add price look ups or PLUs for fast reference. There are 14 direct quick keys for the most popular items and 85 indirect PLUs. The pre-pack key saves time by retaining the unit price and tare for repetitive price computing, making the operator's job even faster. The scale offers a dual power source of rechargeable battery pack and an included AC adaptor. Auto shut-off, sleep, and backlight off modes extend the retail scale's battery life. The rechargeable battery offers up to 120 hours of continuous use with the backlight turned off. The high-grade molded polymer enclosure with color coded sealed membrane keypad and lift-off, wash down stainless steel platform make cleaning easy. Adjustable non-skid feet and internal bubble level ensure steady and accurate weighing. Plus, a beep provides audible confirmation of key presses. For more information on the D-series price commuting scales, please visit or call (800) 641-2008. Detecto has been manufacturing food service scales since 1900 and we are committed to "Building a Better Weigh."

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Quickly weigh and price your business's produce, deli meats, bulk foods, and more with this Deteco D-series scale. This scale's dual-sided LCD screens enable operators and customers to view both measurements simultaneously. Check it out!

Cardinal Detecto D30 Specs
Width 13 1/2 Inches
Depth 13 1/2 Inches
Height 5 Inches
Platform Width 12 5/8 Inches
Platform Depth 9 Inches
Hertz 60 Hertz
Voltage 120
Capacity 15 kg.

30 lb.
Display Type Digital
Features Price Computing

Rechargable Battery
Increments 0.005 Kilograms

0.01 Pounds
Legal for Trade Yes
Platform Material Stainless Steel
Power Type Electric
Style Dual Reading
Type Price Computing Scales

Cardinal Detecto D30 Details

A great addition to everything from candy shops to hardware stores, the Detecto D30 30 lb. price computing scale has the versatility and durability required by any growing business. This scale features a stainless steel platform to ensure long product life, and its membrane coated keypad makes the scale easy to use and clean. Users can program up to 99 PLUs, including 14 direct, for fast reference and to help eliminate errors. Weight, unit price, and total price are all displayed on the front and rear backlit LCD screens.

An internal bubble level ensures weighing is accurate and steady, while the PrePack program remembers the cost of different items so you can quickly determine pricing on your most popular products. To ensure consistent power, a built-in rechargeable battery provides a power backup in case of power loss, and the whole scale sits on adjustable non-skid feet for stability. Other features include an integrated auto shut-off, sleep, and backlight off display modes to save battery power and extend the amount of time you can use this scale uninterrupted. The scale's legal for trade classification means it is guaranteed to provide accurate, reliable measurements each time.

Perfect for weighing a wide variety of small and medium-sized goods, the Cardinal Detecto D30 digital price computing scale instantly increases your operation's measuring capabilities.

Readout Measurements:
30 lb. x 0.01 lb.
15 kg. x 0.005 kg

Overall Dimensions:
Width: 13 3/8"
Depth: 13 3/8"
Height: 5"

Platform Dimensions:
Width: 12 5/8"
Depth: 9"

  • NTEP Approved

    NTEP Approved

    This item meets all government standards and requirements as set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for scales and other weighing equipment.

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