When it comes to weighing trucks, close enough isn’t good enough. Precision matters. So do reliability and performance, which makes buying the right truck scale for your operations important to your business and your bottom line.
Some owners think that purchasing a truck scale is a simple matter that just involves finding a scale and buying it. For experienced operators, though, the right scale can make a difference, whether it’s in the precision of the measurement, the durability of the system, or the lifetime cost (including maintenance and replacement).
Here’s how you can buy the right truck scale for your operations.
Understanding the Importance of Accuracy
Accuracy is the name of the game when it comes to truck scales, particularly when deciding what sets one truck scale system apart from others.
This is your business, after all. You need precise measurements in order to run a tight ship, and any degradation in accuracy can result in significant costs. You also have to abide by legal requirements. However, merely meeting the legal requirements for accuracy isn’t enough to keep profits from slipping away.
Check for systems that are accurate above and beyond the legal requirement of up to 60 lbs (30 kg) of weighing error. The more accurate your systems are, the more profit you can take in – especially if you sell or buy goods by weight.
Durability Results in Lower Lifetime Cost
Truck scales are meant to bear the weight of fully-loaded vehicles and their shipments. They are used multiple times a day, throughout the entire year, without rest. The more durable your truck scale is, the less you will spend to maintain or replace it, and thus the lower lifetime cost you’ll have for the system.
Much of the durability of a particular truck scale system comes from the design. Older I-beam construction methods aren’t as durable as newer rocker-column designs. Orthotropic design has become one of the more durable methods because it more capably distributes loads across the entire scale and handles forces generated by traffic.
Evaluate a truck scale by the longevity of the system and how well it withstands loads and forces. Also, think about the total lifetime cost, instead of just looking at the initial purchase price. Lower purchase prices aren’t necessarily better and can cost you in the long run.
For more help with finding the right truck scales for your operation, contact us today.