Industrial scales do the important work of keeping roads safe and ensuring that all regulations are met. Weighing vehicles and their contents at specific checkpoints along busy roadways is crucial—when truck scales experience problems with calibration, it can cause significant problems for drivers and, ultimately, introduce concerns for infrastructure.
The best remedy for problems with scale calibration is prevention. We have outlined tips to solve five common problems to be on the lookout for so you can address them before they lead to anything more serious!
Protect Against Environmental Concerns
The environment your truck scale lives in will affect its ability to perform, since harsh environmental conditions impede the accuracy of the scale. In the winter, moisture buildup in and around a scale can quickly freeze, which will make it harder to clean and impossible to operate. In the summer, you have to lookout for storms, especially since all it takes is one lightning strike to put your truck scale out of commission.
And while you can’t control or predict the weather, you can anticipate it as you move through each season. On top of anticipating seasonal changes, clean your scales regularly to ensure that you don’t run into any problems with calibration.
Load Cells Evenly
Each load cell of the truck scale should measure the same percentage of any load. This ensures that one part of the scale does not experience more wear than the others. Also, make sure that you know the capacity of the scales, and never exceed it. It’s recommended never to use more than eight modules for a single load cell. Use this as a rule of thumb when ensuring that you load cells evenly and avoid overloading.
Ensure Access to Load Cells
When access to load cells is limited, your ability to maintain and repair truck scales is significantly reduced. When debris builds up or when the concrete surrounding the scale cracks or fails, it can lead to calibration problems. So this one is a pretty easy fix—make sure your scales are easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance!
Update Your Equipment
Avoid overworking old scales—make sure you know when it’s time to trash the old and bring in the new. While it can seem like an inconvenience to replace your scales, it’s the best way to ensure that your equipment meets safety and regulation standards, and that it won’t fail you when it comes to calibration.
Watch for Electrical Surges
Electrical surges are most likely to occur when a scale or load cell is not properly grounded. So the best way to avoid this problem is to ensure that your scales are installed and grounded well before putting them into operation.
Ensure the accurate function and the longevity of your scales by calibrating them on a regular schedule. Contact Acme Scales today to discuss our scale calibration services.