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Portable In-motion Wheel Weighers: Innovation in Truck Axle Scales

The truck weighing arena is quickly changing thanks to new innovations flooding the market. Among the newest of innovations are portable in-motion wheel weighers, which are simply truck axle weighing platforms (or just “axle scales” in most industries) that are designed to weigh trucks and their loads more efficiently. In-motion wheel weighers provide a wide array of features that help meet the industry demands of applications spanning from mining to agriculture.

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In-motion Wheel Weighers: Features & Functionality

True to their name, portable in-motion wheel weighers can be carried anywhere and can weigh trucks while while they’re in motion. Wheel weigher scales feature a low profile platform which enables the user to easily drive the truck on top of the scale. This slim nature ensures easy movement of the truck for in-motion weighing. The low height platform also ensures that the truck does not assume much inclination which may cause it to tip over.

Given their portability, these advanced truck axle scales can be used in almost any environment. To this end, they are designed with removable ramps (fitted on the sides) which ensure easy movement of the vehicle across the platform and protect the wheel weighers in adverse terrain.

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In-motion wheel weigher scales are made of aluminum. Aluminum not only ensures they are tough enough for bulk weighing but also ensure they are light enough to be carried from place to place. They are waterproof and thus can operate even in rainy and humid environments efficiently. To ensure that the scales are operable in remote areas, they feature in-built or external batteries to keep them functioning. The scales are not affected by corrosion which may result from rusting.

These in-motion wheel weigher scale systems enables operators to weigh payloads without trucks needing to come to a halt. This comes handy for industries that have to weigh lots of trucks per day.

Advantages of Wheel Weigher Scales

Wheel weighers present an array of benefits to the users. First off, they are easy to handle and newbies will learn to manage them within minutes. Through the digital indicator incorporated on the system, the user gets correct readings easily and efficiently. One of their biggest advantage is portability; they can weigh trucks from anywhere. Most of them are offered with cases to ease transportation. Portability also ensure the safety of the scale seeing that the scale will only stay in the open when in use. The average wheel weigher weighs about 18 kilograms which means only minimal effort is required to transport.

To cater for the needs of different applications, wheel axle weigher scales are offered with adjustable weighing configurations, different sizes and weighing capacities. This is advantageous in that you can get the weight of a truck without the need for calculations. They are designed to seamlessly weigh trucks in-motion (trucks moving at 3-5 mph) and to compile data for axle weight and entire truck weight. Besides the portable wheel weighers, an integrated weighing terminal can be attached to provide more details about the truck being weighed.

Though most portable truck load scales come with a flat base, some are designed for off-road terrain. This unique designs ensure that you can weigh trucks even when the ground is not flat.

3 Profound Advancements in Portable Truck Scale Technology

Truck scales are a requirement in any mining, logistics, waste management and farming activity that requires heavy duty weighing of truck loads. There are different truck scales with portable truck scales being the most convenient. Portable scales are mobile, very easy to use and more affordable as compared to other types. portable truck scales

The last few years have witnessed tremendous advancements in portable truck scale technology all aimed at minimizing time wastage during weighing and to make the process as simple as possible. This article discusses the three profound such advancements in today’s portable truck scales.

In-motion Portable Truck Scales

In-motion portable truck scales have the ability to record the actual weight of a truck while it is still in motion. These portable truck scales are mostly installed on weighs designed specifically for weighing semi-trucks at weigh stations. These scales are great advancements as they help to increase throughput while minimizing stoppage times. Below is a video that shows the In-Motion Axle Scale in action, an advanced portable truck scale from Ag Weigh.

The technology behind these weigh-in-motion portable truck scales is high end. Its sensors, which are made from quartz crystals, sense only that normal force acting on the sensors. This means that the truck’s speed and friction are not measured, hence leaving space for the truck’s weight only.

These portable truck scales offer a cost effective way of monitoring heavy-duty trucks while travelling over highways. They also measure gross and axle weight when the vehicle is in highway speeds.

Fully-Portable, Easy-to-Use, Affordable

Portable truck scales today are often much smaller, easy to use, and affordable. They ensure that the truck’s weight is not above the set limits for each axle. These scales also measure your entire cargo hence one can use them in charging customers according to the weight of their loads.

A lot of technology has been incorporated into portable truck scales. They are now being equipped with over-load protection and are designed in such a way that they occupy just a little space. They can also stand a number of tons of weight and are completely portable. The portable truck scales can weigh a wide variety of vehicles ranging from small farming vehicles to mini trucks to heavy duty trucks.

Lightweight, Durable, & Accurate

Some of the most advanced technological advancements in truck scales is in the design. These lightweight portable scales for weighing trucks are designed to weigh individual axles and wheel weights to ensure compliance with the set limits. Modern scales are allowing connectivity to up to eight wheels. portable truck scale

The scales allow for individual wheel weighing and axle weighing, which can be performed at the same time in order to increase weighing accuracy and efficiency. All wheels should be on a level ground in order to attain weight accuracy.

Aluminum is the primary material used in these portable truck scales which makes them very light weight and highly portable. Most pads are waterproof and durable and can be used even when the conditions are extremely harsh. The wheel weigher pads also come with portable weight terminals that allow operators to print truck weights for payload management. The terminals come with rechargeable batteries to provide many hours of scale operations.

Recent portable truck scale models also have in motion weighing capabilities. Operators can therefore record the weight of a truck when it’s still in motion.

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.