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Advanced Weighing Systems for Mining Companies

Weighing systems have greatly advanced for mining companies that operate heavy-duty weighing and payload management processes. For mining,  advanced weighing systems enable operators to accelerate their operations with faster throughput, great efficiency, and optimal output. Below are some of the best weighing systems that are available for mining companies and related weighing needs.

1. Portable In-motion Rail Scales

Portable in-motion rail scales are a type of rail car weighing system that is designed for either permanent or portable installation. These rail scales deliver accurate weights for rail cars and locomotives both dynamically and statically. In fact this rail scale system surpasses all other rail scales in terms of portability accuracy and dependability. It is highly dependable since it is made from high-quality grade materials providing outstanding service life even in the harshest environments.

Portable in-motion rail scale systems are easy to install because it comes with the bolt-in design technology that eliminates the need for any truck modifications and also allows you to start weighing immediately without the need of any track maintenance personnel. Besides that, this superb dynamic car weighing system has been proved as the best in terms of weighing both cars in-motion.

This rail scale technology offers excellent accuracy due to incorporation of WIM (weigh-in-motion) algorithms that increases the function of the weighing software throughout and hastens the operations of weighing the rail assets. This system is also available for full train weighing, therefore, ideal for verification of car weights as well as balancing. In mining the industry, a rail scale can help in measuring volumes of bulk materials as well as payload management.

2. Volumetric Load Scanner Systems

The volumetric load scanner is a non-contact method of measuring volumes of bulk material by scanning truck loads while in-motion. It is ideal for large number of industries, such as mining, farming, and construction. The volumetric load scanner system consists of an elevated scan head, a touch screen control system, LED message board and a ticket printer.

The empty trucks are scanned by driving them slowly below the raised scan head, and the empty load scans are automatically saved in the system. The truck is then loaded and scanned again. The volume of materials is them manipulated by comparing the weight of the empty truck to that of the fully loaded truck. Besides that, the volume load scanner uses 3D laser technology as well as algorithms that provide an accurate non-contact solution for the weight of materials in on the truck.

Some of the applications of volumetric load scanner include load position monitoring, fill truck monitoring, verification of truck body, volumetric production monitoring and carry back monitoring just to mention but a few. This system also serves as a yield load scanner form farming and agricultural applications.

3. On-board Truck Scales

On-board truck scales are advanced weighing systems that provides fleets owners as well as operators with real-time truck load measurements. It has simple wireless installation, high accuracy as well as a reliable performance making it growth successful since 2005.

On-board truck scales can be installed in trail axle, front steer axle, drive axle walking beam and drive axle spring leaf. The on-board truck scales comprise of either a mechanical suspension sensor or an air suspension sensor and a hand-held wireless display. Mechanical suspension sensor measures gross vehicle weight by measuring the deflection of axle hence providing weight per axle.

On the other hand, air suspension sensors measure both temperature and pressure providing axle group weight as well as gross vehicle weight. The measured weights are then transmitted wirelessly to a handheld weight display monitor. A handheld monitor can work with multiple sensors such as air suspension sensor, forklift scale as well as mechanical suspension sensor. In mining industries, on board truck scales help to measure volume of truck loads, monitor payloads and help in management of bulk materials.

In summary, it is clear that mining operations such as payload management and heavy duty weighing requires an advanced and accurate weighing system. Volumetric load scanner, on board truck scales and the portable in-motion scale, provide the best alternative in terms of accuracy, simplicity, and durability. However, it is your primary choice to choose the weighing system or truck scale that suits your needs.