There are many questions that can be answered and insights that can be derived from an object’s weight or the variance from its expected weight. Some are based on simple physics, while others come from industry-specific knowledge.
Changes or variations in weight, while sometimes very small, can be the easiest measurements to capture and analyse meaningfully.
This makes it worthwhile to find ways of deriving key metrics from the weight – or weight variance – of products, components or subassemblies:
Comparing the expected weight of a product or component with its actual weight can indicate that a contaminant is present:
Where other parameters are known, the weight of an item can provide a measure of:
In agritech or horticulture, the weight of a seed, or other natural products can provide direct insights into its state:
The weight of items can indicate problems that could not be picked up with visual inspection, including:
Certain additive or subtractive processes can be verified in part by the weight of the final item, including: