3 Alternatives to Conventional Weighbridge Truck Scales
Advanced weighing systems and load scanning technology (coupled with payload management software) is quickly replacing conventional, large, and cumbersome weighbridge truck scales. When choosing a heavy-duty weighing scale, the first two considerations are accuracy and efficiency.
Due to their demanding assembly procedures, their frequent need for calibration and their maintenance and upkeep needs, traditional weighbridge scales do not provide the high levels of efficiency and throughput that certain operations and applications require. The following truck scales and scanning systems are slowly replacing the conventional weighbridge. If you’re business is involved in heavy weighing, then you may want to consider these systems for you operations.
Portable Truck Scales
Portable truck scales like their name suggests are mobile and transportable to be used in various locations. They are built with a low profile and a high degree of accuracy. Portable truck scales come in different lengths, configurations, capacities and specifications to meet the needs of a high number of applications, including mining, farming, and construction.
Portable truck scales come handy when most of the weighing is done off-site or where you cannot erect concrete structures. They can accurately and efficiently weigh loads up to 0.8 million pounds. Portable truck scales can operate in dynamic or in-motion weighing mode depending on the application. To enable weighing in remote locations, the scales feature in-built or external battery.
Portable truck weigh scale systems have a number of advantages over weighbridge truck scales. First off, they are overload protected and can withstand several tons of weight. They also feature removable ramps meant to protect them from adverse terrain. Their low profile design makes them easy to use; trucks can easily move over them.
On-Board Truck Scales
On-board truck scales offer an efficient and cost-effective way to calculate and to monitor the weight of trucks. There is no external weighing system required seeing that on-board truck scales are installed on the chassis of the truck. They work by monitoring the resistance created by the strain from the payload.
On-board weighing systems are versatile making them useful in a wide variety of applications and on different trucks. To make payload management easy, these systems are fitted with cab digital indicators. The operations of on-board truck scales are automated making it easy for novices to use. Like portable truck scales, these on-board scale systems are created to withstand heavy weights and overloading. On-board truck scales need to be well-calibrated in order for them to function accurately and efficiently.
The beauty of on-board truck scales is that they can be customized to meet the requirements of different applications. The basic design connects the system to the truck’s ignition switch. On ignition, the truck scale becomes active.
Load Volume Scanner
A load volume scanner does not weigh loads directly but instead scans the volume of the payload and generates 3D images. The system then uses basic inputs to define the density of the load and the weight per cubic metric. Using the data from the scanned volume, a load volume scanner system easily calculates the weight. It offers a plethora of benefits and is applicable in a wide variety of applications.
Load volume scanners are portable and are designed for accuracy and efficiency. Besides measuring the weight of loads, the system can be used to determine the distribution of payload thus enabling users to optimize throughput. They can scan the volume while the truck is in-motion. To this end, they come handy where a high number of trucks has to be weighed. Usually, the scanners are placed across a path and trucks drive beneath it.