The Sartorius GD503 has been discontinued and no longer in production as of May 2013. The Sartorius GD503 was phased-out and at this time there is no direct replacement under the Sartorius brand. Many pharmacies have purchased the AND FX-200iN or FX-300iN as an alternative, although these models are only 3 decimal places. We have no remaining stock on the GD503 and all information displayed herein is for archival and support purposes only.
Are you ready when the State Board of Pharmacy comes to make their unannounced visit to your pharmacy store to see you have a Legal for Trade scale? Pharmacies looking for a digital pharmacy balance easy to use, small footprint to save on counter space, draftshield to minimize air disturbances, high readability to lessen the need to aliquot, fast weighing results to save time, comply with the pharmacopeia requirements for a pharmacy balance and meets Handbook 44 - The Sartorius GD503 is here to fill these requirements.
Sartorius introduced the world's first pharmaceutical balance in 1871. Sartorius is a global balance manufacturer producing some of the highest quality balances in the world. Only Sartorius shatters the limits when "the Guinness Book of World Records" listed the Sartorius Model 4108 as the most accurate balance in the world.
Okay so others will tell you their balance is the best, but just the name Sartorius sells itself. Now let's look at the balance - Sartorius GD503. The balance is a Legal for Trade, NTEP Approved Class II balance and can be used for Prescription Weighing. The GD503 balance can NOT be used for pill counting.
The GD503 is not a pill counting scale nor does it connect to a scanner to reads the NDC bar code on Rx label. There were issues the FDA investigated regarding digital scales for count pills. Review this petition to the to the FDA brought James O. Maloy about pill counting scales at http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/03p0531/03p-0531-pdn0001-vol1.pdf. James Maloy also works at Fulcrum Inc and they manufacturer the Torbal Balance mechanical balance.
Retail druggists who compound prescriptions like hydrocortisone, hormone therapies or veterinary medicines need a precision weighing balance. The GD503 when set in the Legal for Trade mode offers 100 gram weighing capacity and readability to 0.0001 grams (Yes 4 decimal places!!). The verification unit (e) is to 0.001 grams. Yes, the Sartorius GD503 is 10 times more accurate than the DRX-4 by Fulcrum Inc.
For many pharmacies the GD503 is that needed trophy on the shelf gathering dust to be in compliance with their pharmacy license even though they never compound. The GD503 is one of the most accurate Legal for Trade balances on the market that can be used for compounding and the requirements for pharmacy license requiring a Class A balance. The Sartorius GD503 is one of the few balances made in America.
Capital Equipment Buyers for pharmacy chain stores of 100 or more store call us for special pricing. Target and Walmart seem to be opening new pharmacy departments and the GD503 just might be the economical solution over competitor brands. Walgreen maybe could save money using the GD503 for those locations filling less than 200 prescriptions a day verses the costly semi-automated systems that typically require installation services.
We also offer College of Pharmacy that are members of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy special educational discounts. We know today's pharmacy students are tomorrow's pharmacy equipment buyers and Precision Weighing Balances wants these students to experience in our opinion the very best balances - SARTORIUS.
you choose the Sartorius GD503 this pharmacy balance comes with a 3
door glass draftshield, dust cover to protect your balance when not
in use, 100 gram Class 1 calibration mass, standard RS-232 interface
and a 3 year manufacturer warranty. The Sartorius GD503 is engineered
& designed in Germany and built in the USA.
GD503 NTEP certified as a prescription scale. Meets Handbook 44 requirements
for a "Class A" prescription balance
GD503 prescription scale is ergonomically designed with a sleek look and
rounded corners. Standard bi directional RS-232 interface allows
communication to a pc or Sartorius
GD503 comes standard with 120V AC Adapter, dust cover & Class F1 external 100 gram cal mass at no additional cost.
High resolution with stability and very fast response for operator comfort
and efficiency. On a recent visit on June 2, 2006, to a new CVS
Store #0365 at 259 Main Street in Haverhill, MA 01830 they had the mechanical
Torbal Model DRX-3 prescription balance. Compounding a prescription
using the Sartorius GD503 electronic balance with a 3 second of less stabilization
time is typically much more productive compared to the time required to
weigh on the mechanical torsion balance. The torbal pharmacy scale
designed with the two-pan equal arm balance requires preseting the desired
weight and filling to a null and you have to wait for the pan to arrests.
It seems the world is a digital world and just maybe going digital with
an electronic balance like the GD503 could pay for itself in labor cost
savings. If you have one of those mechanical Torbal DRX-3 prescription
balances the Sartorius GD503 also offers greater accuracy.
from the rear of the
GD-503. Features RS-232 interface.
stainless steel weighing pan, ring and floor makes cleaning simple.
high-grade draft shield with low profile design resulting in less bench
space compared to conventional analytical balances (height from pan to
top of glass door is only 5.23 inch). Draft shield offers 3 sliding
doors that slide open quietly and effortlessly.
the balance with the 2 front adjustable feet is a breeze. The identification
badge is located on the left side of the GD503 Class II NTEP Approved
Balance in accordance to National Conference on Weights and Measures.
set in LFT mode in carats. Notice the last digit is "boxed"
set in LFT mode in grams. Notice the last digit is "boxed"
side of GD503 balance shows the two front adjustable feet and tamper evident
sticker across access plate and the balance housing.
balance is used in legal metrology (a.k.a NTEP mode) external calibration
is blocked by a seal over the access plate.
accordance with weights and measures regulation the balance must be
sealed to prevent tampering and re-calibration once the balance is placed
in service. To prevent access to the calibration switch a tamper
evident seal is placed across the access plate and bottom housing.
The Weights and Measures Inspector will place this seal on the balance
once the inspector has tested the balance and places the balance in
service as a legal for trade device.
Handbook 44 requires the identification
badge specify the model number, serial number, "d" - display
division, "e" - verification scale interval and
the National Type Evaluation Program Certificate of Conformance (NTEP
packing insures your analytical balance is delivered without damage.
packing surrounds your Sartorius Analytical Balance lessen the chances
of any damage due to rough handling by the shipping carrier. Like
we always say - to the shipper like UPS, fragile means football and the
Sartorius is designed to handle the delivery.
display that is highly resistant to chemicals. High contrast LCD
(height of digits: 13 mm / 0.5")
Keys with positive click action for reliable and confident activation
of specific functions. Keypad holds its shape even after repeated
use. Toggles between two selected weigh units at the touch of a
Easy-access, all-glass weighing chamber and easy-to-remove and easy-to-clean
high-grade stainless steel weighing pan. Weighing chamber base plate
is easy to clean because all parts can be simply removed
Shown above is the Sartorius GD503 Pharmacy
Scale interfaced with a laptop.
did not invent the product, but we made it better" is a famous
quote from BASF and we feel the same with our new RS-232 to USB
converter kit for Sartorius Balances exclusively found at Precision
Weighing Balances. Your Authorized Sartorius Dealer and known
throughout the world for deep discount prices.
Our USB to Serial Adapter kit for Sartorius Balances (our part # SARUSB)
offers you the best of both world. If you want to interface the
Sartorius Scale with a RS-232 serial port you simply disconnect the
1 foot RS-232 to USB cable.
Eliminate IRQ conflicts by going USB. Connect your Sartorius balance
to any PC running the Windows OS using HyperTerminal or purchase a third
wedge. We offer step by step instructions how to use HyperTerminal
Sartorius GD503 versus Torbal (Fulcrum) digital pharmacy balance
- 95° F
59° - 86° F
Breeze Break Standard
3 Door Draftshield
information above is subject to change and people should always
call the manufacturer directly to confirm the specification have
not changed. The specs for the Fulcrum DRX-4 where those
published on the Fulcrum web site as of May 2006. If you
find any discrepancies with the above data please call Precision
Weighing Balances at 978-521-7095 and we will make any required
Emptor - Balance requirements vary from state to state. The requirements
are dictated with each state's pharmacy law and regulations.
Determining the requirements involves perusing each state's pharmacy
law and regulations to determine the requirements. Precision
Weighing Balances suggests contacting the agency that authorizes
your pharmacy license for approval of this balance prior to making
the purchase. Although this balances is approved on a national
level as a pharmacy balance, state and local agency may supersede
with their own regulations. It
is the purchaser's responsible to verify using the above balance
is in compliance with your pharmacy license requirements.
Handbook 44 for 2006 <http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/pubs/h44-12.cfm>,
in section 2.20 UR.3.1 Use Requirements Table 8 on page 2-39 states
for class II scales with scale divisions from .001g to .05g inclusive
the recommended minimum load is 20d