Weighing in at 17 tonnes: Avery Weigh-Tronix breaks Guinness World Record for most people on one scale

Avery Weigh-Tronix, one of the world’s leading industrial weighing manufacturers, has broken the Guinness World Record for the most people on one scale. The world record attempt took place during the company’s 200th birthday celebrations, held at their Birmingham headquarters in June 2018.

To break the record, 207 eager employees squeezed onto a 12x3 metre weighbridge, giving a combined total weight reading of 17,080 kg (or 17.08 tonnes). In line with the Guinness World Record rules, every participant was individually weighed before the record attempt began, and four independent adjudicators were responsible for counting the number of participants standing on the weighbridge to ensure everyone was accounted for.

This is the second time Avery Weigh-Tronix have held the record for the most people on one scale - in 2010 the company broke the record using 130 participants and a 7x3 metre weighbridge. However, the record was since broken by an American company, so for the most recent attempt Avery Weigh-Tronix almost doubled the length of their weighbridge to ensure they could comfortably break the record!

The weighbridge used for the record attempt was manufactured at the company’s historic Soho Foundry site, which houses the the largest weighbridge manufacturing facility in the UK. The company use locally sourced materials and state-of-the-art production techniques as part of their manufacturing process, and have adopted lean manufacturing methods which have led to increased production outputs and shorter customer lead times.

Andy Dutton, Operations Director, comments, “Avery Weigh-Tronix has a long history of weighing and this achievement adds another chapter to our history books. It’s not every day you see a weighbridge being used to weigh a huge group of people and it was fantastic to witness our employees coming together as a team to break the world record. The team are thrilled they can now consider themselves official Guinness World Record holders.”

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