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WHAT MAKES A TRUCK SCALE, A TRUCK SCALE

A truck scale, also called a weighbridge, is a weighing platform that measures the amount of vertical flexing that occurs when a truck drives onto a platform. This analog measurement is called deflection. The truck scale’s electronic components then convert the analog signal into the digital weight readout we are used to seeing.

Foundation

Today, most scales are installed with aboveground or concrete pit foundations. Depending on state or regional requirements, scales can also be installed in shallow pit, as opposed to the deep pit required by older mechanical scales. A pit installation requires less space than an aboveground scale since longer approaches are generally required for aboveground configurations. However, pit-styles require sump pumps and drains, and are generally more vulnerable to corrosion due to potential standing water.

Foundation

Weighbridge

The truck scale’s body and driving surface is called the weighbridge. The weighbridge is the most important part of a truck scale; its design and structural integrity will determine the reliability and longevity of the entire system. Weighbridges are composed of steel or concrete decks, and are typically manufactured in modular designs that are placed together during installation.

Weighbridge

Digital Weight Indicator

The weight indicator, also called a controller or terminal, can display basic weight functions, as well as serve as the command center for a weighing system. It can be programmed with advanced truck in/out ID capabilities and control the entire truck scale system, including remote displays and printers.

Digital Weight Indicator

Load Cells

High-quality load cells are vital to truck scale performance. All load cells take an analog measurement, and then that signal is converted to a digital output either at the load cell, junction box or in the scale indicator. Load cells are typically constructed of steel and are integrated within the weighbridge usually at the corners of each module.

Load Cells

Junction Boxes

A junction box properly manages multiple load cells. By matching the signal of each load cell and summing them into a signal sent to the indicator, junction boxes equalize the system for accurate and reliable weight readouts.

Junction Boxes

Options and Accessories

Handwriting a ticket for each weighment is time consuming and tedious, and also leaves room for human error. Ticketing kiosks, scale data management software and printers eliminate both problems. Most states require ticket printers, and remote displays, gates, intercoms and other accessories increase truck throughput and efficiency.

Options and Accessories

TYPES OF VEHICLE WEIGHING

There are many different types of vehicle weighing systems, each with their own advantages.



A Truck Scale System

Although each manufacturer has their own unique designs, most conventional weighbridge truck scales incorporate the same basic components.


TRUCK SCALE SITE PLANNING

There are many facets of installing a truck scale you need to consider prior to purchasing a scale or finalizing your site design.


Total cost of owning a truck scale

There are many ways of looking at the up-front investment cost of a truck scale, but dividing the total cost of the scale plus install and maintenance by the total lifetime of maintenance and reliable weighments, then dividing by 365 will show the true cost of daily ownership.


CHOOSING A TRUCK SCALE


READY TO PURCHASE A TRUCK SCALE

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Truck Scale Product Listing

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