Our History

Yamato Scale has established itself as a global leader in the weighing equipment and systems industry supplying the food, chemical and heavy goods industries.

The company was originally founded as the Kawanishi Machinery Co. Ltd. in Japan in 1920 and became Yamato in 1945. The first domestically-made strain gauge load cell was produced in 1953 and manufacturing of the first digital electronic scales commenced in 1969.

Yamato Scale was one of the first companies to realise the true potential that lay in the technology of multihead weighing and at the end of the 1970s Yamato developed the first multihead weigher. In 1979, the first multihead weigher to be equipped with load cells was introduced.

In order to accommodate the industry’s growing demand for high-speed weighing Yamato Scale introduced the “Double Shift Operation” in 1981, thereby allowing speeds of 120 weights per minute (wpm) to be obtained for the first time in history.

In 1984, Yamato was able to increase this speed to 160 wpm with a 16-head multihead weigher containing newly developed memory buckets.

Aware that the quality of its products and services needed to be officially recognised to meet increasingly tighter purchasing requirements, Yamato became the first company in the scale industry to be recognized as a designated manufacturer under Japan's Measurement Law. The production facility in Akashi in Japan became ISO 9002 certified in 1994, and ISO 9001:2000 certified in 2002.

In 1988, Yamato was the first weighing company in the world to create mixing-software for multihead weighers that would enable the precise weighing of mixed applications. The introduction of the Touch Screen Command Console in 1989 revolutionized the handling and controlling of the multihead weigher.

In the subsequent year, Yamato introduced a 10-head multihead weigher with memory buckets and compact dimensions that could reach a weighing speed of up to 130 wpm albeit with reduced dimensions.

New technologies and applications led Yamato to develop further innovations for its weighing machines. The launch of the Sigma F1 Frontier series in 2005 revolutionised multihead weighing technology, enabling the quick, precise and safe weighing of new and previously unforeseen applications.

In 2008, Yamato used the opportunity of the Interpack to once again prove its innovative ingenuity with the introduction of the ADW F528SVD, a completely new concept for a 28-head multihead weigher.

Today, Yamato holds over 400 patents worldwide and is continuously developing new technologies to provide better weighing solutions for our customers. Yamato has established an extensive worldwide network of local sales agents and agencies to service the remaining markets.

To this day our focus remains on quality, customer satisfaction and developing new weighing technology.