How to Choose the Right Truck Scales for Optimal Weight Management

If you have a trucking industry or a transportation business, truck scales are crucial for optimum weight management. This device helps to measure the weight of the load being carried by weighing a truck before and after it is loaded. When it comes to choosing the right weighbridge for your business, it is important to keep in mind the specific needs of your industry. An inappropriate scale will not be able to serve your needs properly and create expensive problems for your business. With scales, it is easier to check the axle or gross vehicle weight of the trucks.

Here are 5 important factors that scale buyers should take into consideration before getting a weighbridge:

1.Topography of the Site

It is important to know the landscape and perform a detailed survey of the place where you plan to set-up the scale. It depends on the requirement of your industry. If your work takes place in a wet environment which is kind of a clean room then it is important to look for a scale which can withstand additional erosion and resistance. It is also mandatory to check whether there is a need to make physical alterations and if there is enough space for the scale to be set up before the installation process.

2.Types of Configuration

Weighbridges are a part of many industries and meet different requirements hence they come in different configurations. There are 3 categories from which to choose.

·Full Length Vehicle Scale – These are scales which have 6-10 load cells which are connected on a single platform. They are constructed to measure the weight of full length vehicle at once. These scales are apt for industries that charge for freight by the weight such as cement transporters and recycling industries.

·Single Axle Scales – These kinds of scales measure the mass of one axle group at a time. These vehicles are not suitable for commercial trade where the transporters charge for freight based on the weight.

·Multi-Axle Scales – These scales give the aggregate vehicle mass along with the weight of individual axle weights for greater tractability.

3.Types of Truck Scales

There are two types of Truck scales. They are Pit-Style Truck Scales and In-Ground Scales. If you were to install a pit-style scale, then the ground is dug out and the scale is installed in the pit so that it is level with the road surface. Though this type of vehicle scale does not take up a lot of space, you will be required to install a drainage system to prevent the underground water and rubble from causing damage. Just like the name suggests the above-ground scales remain on the road’s surface. They are easy to maintain but they require a lot of space as the ramps are required on either end to allow trucks to drive on the weighing platform.

4.Software Integration –It is vital to carry out all the tasks on a scale with integrated data management software which suits your requirements. Truck scale function varies from the ones with basic utility to the advanced ones.

It is important for the truck scale to have certain features like:

·It should be in accordance with traffic safety regulations.

·It should be able to inspect proper axle balance while loading trucks.

·It should verify stock balance after shipment of orders.

·It should be able to calculate the costs when charging by the weight.

5.Regular Maintenance and Calibration – Over a period of time and regular use, your scales will start to show inaccurate readings for various reasons. Either the internal mechanism wears out due to frequent use or environmental factors can be responsible for its inefficiency. The accuracy of your weighing scales is put to the test to ensure that they are working properly with frequent calibration of scales. Weighbridges must go through a complete check-up and improvisation of cells at regular intervals. Check the periodic maintenance schedule, compare and pick a reliable service provider who repairs and improvises as well.

Truck scales are available in a wide range of features and come from a variety of manufacturers it is essential to take your time before you spend your money. Also, consider getting a specialist’s opinion on who can help you choose the right scales which will meet your requirements.

About the author
Scott Elgin has been in the trucking business since 1982, acting as both a motor carrier and a freight agent. During this time, he has overseen thousands of units servicing the entire continental United States.

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