A&D EK-i/EW-i scales: Changing the data transmission mode

The scales are equipped with an RS-232 interface and can be connected to a PC for data acquisition (if necessary via an adapter from RS-232 to USB). They are known as “Everest EK/EW compact balances” in the US.

Applications such as the following can be used to capture the weight:

  • Simple Data Logger (writes the weight to a file with date and time),
  • 232key (enters the weight as simulated keystrokes directly into another application),
  • WinCT (a collection of 3 applications from A&D),
  • LabVIEW,
  • any terminal software (useful for testing data transmission).

Data transmission modes

EK-i and EW-i scales support the following transmission modes:

  • Prt 0 – stream mode: continuous transmission of weight with approx. 10 values/s,
  • Prt 1 – PRINT key (default setting): transmission when pressing the PRINT key on the scale,
  • Prt 2 – auto-print A (positive values only): automatic single transmission when the weight is stable (return to zero required before next transmission),
  • Prt 3 – auto-print B (positive and negative values): automatic single transmission when the weight is stable (return to zero required before next transmission),
  • Prt 4 – command mode only: request-response mode, the computer sends a command to the scale and it responds with the weight value.


  • The display flashes briefly (in Prt 1, 2 and 3) to confirm the data output.
  • Commands from a connected computer can be sent in all modes.
  • The PRINT key is active in all modes except Prt 4.
  • There is no interval mode. If you want to capture the weight in certain intervals (e.g every minute), you need a software that supports polling with a timer (or you could set the scale to stream mode and discard most values).

These data output modes can be found in the Func class of the scales’ menu:

Excerpt from the user manual (see link below)

Changing the transmission mode

  1. Turn on the scale.
  2. Press and hold the SAMPLE key until the scale displays “P-3.00” (or a similar value). The scale shows “Func” next.
  3. Press the PRINT key to enter the function settings menu. The first setting “PoFF” is displayed.
  4. Press the SAMPLE key 8 times to enter the “Prt” setting. By default, “Prt 1” is set.
  5. Set “Prt” to the desired value by pressing the RE-ZERO key (see description above).
  6. Confirm the setting with PRINT. The balance displays “End” briefly and then “CP Hi”.
  7. Restart the scale by pressing the MODE key.

Further information

A&D EJ-120 precision scale: Zero point calibration with the density determination kit

Some of the scales from A&D’s EJ series (known as “Newton” in the U.S.) can be equipped with an optional density determination kit (EJ-13), as shown in this photo provided by A&D:

The stainless steel weighing pan supplied with the scale is removed when the density determination kit is installed. Instead, a pan stand and a special double pan are used to weigh samples in the air and in a liquid.

The problem: these two parts weigh just 38.5 g, while the stainless steel pan weighs about 55 g, a difference of 16.5 g. The manual states, “the range for power-on zero is within ±10% of the weighing capacity around the calibrated zero point.”

For the EJ-120 with a capacity of 120 g, this is only ±12 g, so we can expect a “-E” underload error when the scale is turned on. After a few seconds, it will display a negative value, which annoyingly cannot be zeroed with the RE-ZERO key.

The solution: perform a zero point calibration after installing the density determination kit (no calibration weight is required).

Note: If you have not yet purchased an EJ series scale, consider purchasing one with a higher capacity to avoid this problem.

EJ-120 scale zero point calibration

Open the calibration switch cover on the bottom of the scale:

Remove the stainless steel weighing pan and install the density determination kit as described in the manual:

Switch on the scale and wait until a value is displayed (this can take a few seconds):

Press and hold the calibration switch until the scale displays “CAL 0” (then release):

Confirm the zero point with the [PRINT] key. The scale displays “100.00” (the required calibration weight for the next step, which we will skip):

Press the [ON/OFF] key to switch off the scale.

If you now turn the scale on again, it will display “0.00 g” with the density determination kit installed.

Note: Clever readers may have noticed that the total zero range of 24 g (±12 g) exceeds the 16.5 g weight difference. Therefore, it is possible to perform a zero calibration at a point where the EJ-120 scale automatically zeroes either with the density determination kit or with the stainless steel pan installed. However, this might not work reliably for long because factors such as temperature changes affect the zero point (which is the reason that the zero range exists).

Links to the EJ series on A&D’s websites:

Where to find weighing industry news

In this post I will attempt to compile a list of news sources and news gathering strategies for the weighing industry. This is a work in progress, please do not hesitate to leave a comment with additional (good quality) sources and ideas.

Manufacturers and dealers

An obvious starting point are the websites of weighing equipment manufactures. Many have a news page that you can check periodically. This task can be automated with software or services that monitor websites and notify you of changes. Some websites may also still offer RSS news feeds.

While websites of weighing equipment dealers are rarely an original source of industry news, they can be helpful in finding additional manufacturers as dealers usually indicate which brands they sell.

Specialized weighing news websites

A good example (and the only one I am currently aware of) is the Weighing Review Portal, which also publishes the Weighing News newsletter.

Industry associations, regulatory bodies and similar organizations

Social media

LinkedIn is the most promising candidate: Other than companies and individuals, you’ll also find groups such as Weighing, Automation & Process Control Industry Professionals and Weighing Systems 4.0. One downside of LinkedIn are the motivational quotes and the tons of LinkedIn cringe you may encounter.

Sometimes Facebook and Twitter offer different content from LinkedIn. Depending on the country, other social media platforms may be more popular.

YouTube is also considered a social media platform, but the most popular videos about weighing equipment that you’ll find there are primarily made for entertainment purposes. However, if you’re interested in a specific device or niche category of weighing instruments, it can still be worthwhile to do a search.

Google Alerts

Once you’ve entered a search term (e.g. the name of a weighing equipment manufacturer), this service will alert you by email when it finds new matching results on the internet. In order to keep the quantity and quality of the alerts at a manageable level, I recommend restricting the frequency to once per week (or less) and choosing only the most relevant results.

Trade fairs

Aside from the current pandemic, the biggest challenge with trade shows is that weighing instruments are used in almost every industry and span a wide range from consumer goods over medical devices to industrial solutions. Trade shows that exclusively feature weighing instruments are therefore the exception. If and when the situation returns to normal, I will compile a relevant list.