Conventional truck weight scales and weighbridges are reliable in generating weight measurements of vehicles as well as load carried on trucks. Many of these standard truck weight scales, however, have several downsides which makes their long-term dependability questionable, especially if optimizing efficiency and throughput is of primary importance to your weighing operations.
For instance, weighbridge truck weight scales are long steel decks which are quite heavy, complex to install, and virtually impossible to move from one place to the other. In order to use weighbridges to weigh your trucks’ loads, vehicles must drive to the designated location where the weighbridge is fixed. Further, weighbridge truck weight scales are also often times more expensive compared to alternatives.
Many companies are upgrading their current truck weight scales to more advanced and efficiency-driven alternatives. Below we go into greater detail about some of these solutions and what makes each a better option for various applications.
Portable Wheel Weighers
Unlike weighbridge scales, portable wheel weighers can be moved from one place to the other making their use more reliable. With these, the weight of a truck can be determined at any preferred location. They are mostly made from aluminum material which is light in weight bust still rivals the strength of steel.
In order to obtain the truck weight with portable wheel weighers, the truck is required to drive over the scale. Usually the wheel weighers are sold in double pads for use on either side of the truck. At the center of the scale is a load cell which measures the weight and transmits the data via a cable to a remotely located data management system. These portable wheel weighers give accurate data which is obtained fast.
Load Volume Scanner
Load volume scanners are one of the most reliable ways by which fleet and haulage service providers can obtain real time data about the payload their trucks are carrying. Load volume scanners, such as that at LoadScanner.com, provide load imagery and provide a great way to monitor loads being carried in trucks. This volumetric scanning system basically involves the use of scanners that use laser beams to scan the load and collect data about it. The data collected includes the volumetric measurements, appearance and subsequently the weight which can be calculated from the volumetric values fast by the integrated operating system.
The functionality behind load scanner systems is achieved by comparing the scans of the empty truck to those of the loaded truck and uses algorithms to calculate the actual weight. To ease management, the data can be preset to be automatically uploaded to the management system or website. The information obtained from load volume scanners can be used for monitoring the payload and making appropriate management decisions.
On-board Weighing Systems
On-board weighing systems help achieve the same goal as weighbridge truck scales by offering a more efficient and advanced weighing system. These on-board scales for weighing truck loads are integrated on the actual truck rather than the truck to the scale. These systems are installed on the truck making weighing so much easier and convenient.
With the system working on the truck as it is being loaded, overloading can be easily avoided. Most on-board weighing systems will have a way of warning when the load exceeds the maximum allowed. By ensuring your trucks only carry the right amount of load you not only avoid getting into trouble with authorities but also save on the costs of carrying out maintenance.
The mechanisms by which each system works differ from one manufacturer to the other but generally the results are accurate and reliable data on the weight of the load. This can then be relayed to the management system via an operating system and used to make managerial decisions.