Thanks to the ingenuity of immigrant family the Jacobs brothers more than a century ago, products from Detecto Scale can determine the accurate weight of most any human being, regardless of barrier.
The company’s medical line has evolved with health trends and technology to offer patient scales customized for able-to-stand patients in addition to the obese, the wheelchair bound or those confined to bed. Another of its innovations is a physician scale incorporating a touchless sonar tool that can nearly instantly measure a patient’s height and BMI. Still another is a stainless steel platform called HealthySole that uses UVC technology to kill some 99.9 percent of exposed disease-causing organisms on the soles of shoes. Medical workers merely stand on it to instantly decontaminate their footwear in the workplace.
Other Detecto products seem simple but help solve recurring problems in medical settings; consider its contoured pediatric scale that featured a convenient bracketed measuring tool and a screen that holds the recorded weight even after the baby has been removed. Detecto’s quiet, easy-to-clean medical cart features 360-degree rotation for maneuvering around tight corners, and it also fills specific needs with items like clinical-grade waste receptacles and surgical glove holders.
Founded in 1900, the family-owned firm based out of Webb City, Missouri, bills itself as the largest large-scale medical scale manufacturer in the U.S., with 350 employees, distributors in more than 110 countries and warehouses in Canada and England. That said, all its products are made in the USA in ISO 9001- and ISO 1348- certified factories.
Because Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co. bought Detecto in 1981, company products are sold under both the Cardinal Scale and Detecto Scale brands. Detecto scales usually measure weights lighter than 5,000 pounds and are most often used in the medical, food service and postal segments. The Cardinal brand primarily includes large-capacity scales for items 5,000 pounds or heavier, used for industrial, agricultural and transportation purposes.
Detecto’s manufacturing processes have been featured on the Science Channel TV show “How It’s Made” and the cable TV show “World’s Greatest!”