There are many instances where a product shipment or load cannot be taken to a weighing facility or it’s not logistically feasible to have a specific weigh station site. To ease the burden of needing an external truck scale, there have been industry developments in weight applications. Among the most advanced and universally applicable are on-board weigh scales for trucks and other vehicles and equipment.
On-board weighing systems are known to increase productivity and efficiency for many industry applications. On-board scales produce accurate real-time data about crops and yields, in addition to other logistical weights for materials delivered. Gone are the days of separate truck scales are required. On-board weigh systems are soon to be in the industry standard for many farmers and ag producers.
On-board Weighing Scale Applications
There are several types of on-board weighing systems on the market today covering machinery as small as forklifts and excavators to high-capacity on-board truck weighing systems. There are major benefits for these tools in providing more accurate information to the vehicle’s operator, allowing them to reduce load times and maximize their work haul performance.
Forklift on-board scales are on a smaller scale than others, but focus on increased productivity in high paced environments as well as improved safety. Additionally, these tools allow the operator to correctly load the vehicles and check available stock with the predetermined pallet or stillage weights pre-programmed into the on-board weight system. Both allowing for faster operations, more accuracy when loading larger vehicles, and safer operations for all involved.
On-board scales also highly productive conveyor belt scale systems that offer durability and accuracy with real-time production. Conveyor belt scales are ideal for stationary applications, whether in a mining operation or a warehouse. These systems also allow for multiple scales to be monitored by one controller, reducing mistakes and supervisory overhead. These scales, although common in mining, are becoming more prevalent with logistic and packaging operations to assist with shipping weights and packing loads.
There are on-board weigh systems that are so sophisticated they track not only weight, but they record grain yield, moisture content, speed of collection and harvest rate. These on-board weighing systems are hugely beneficial in the agricultural realm on harvesting equipment such as combines and grain carts. These systems often include GPS mapping along with reporting on crop tonnage, while recording data year over year, assisting in improved yields.
Another form of on-board weight technology is seen in the railroad industry with in motion rail scales. These on-board weigh systems for rail cars are designed to help assign value to a load being transported via railroad car. These scales, unlike the aforementioned, are often installed on the main line of the rail tracks, not necessarily on the rail cars themselves.
Although there is a less used system that incorporates this technology directly on the railcar, but the results are often inaccurate and take longer to report. The railway weigh system measures the overall weight of the car as it passes that given spot on the railroad.
Although these are different examples of similar technology, they all help each industry increase their productivity through the use of technology. In a fast paced world, even the historically ‘less sophisticated’ industries are embracing technology as it provides them with more data, safer conditions and a better crop yield.