Before buying a truck scale, there are a lot of things to consider. From the specific vernacular to what makes a truck scale really a truck scale, take the next few minutes and refresh your memory about the specifics before finalizing your purchase.
Here are 5 key factors to think about:
#1: What Is A Truck Scale
When identifying the kind of weighing vehicle that you or your company will be using, take time to identify the kind of weight-based scale that the truck can perform. To fully understand the specifics of a truck scale, it’s necessary to understand six key factors:
Depending on the state or regional requirements of where the scale is installed, it can either be installed aboveground or in a concrete pit foundation. The two require different kinds of mechanics, so pay attention to the state of the foundation.
The weighbridge is the truck scales body and driving surface. These are typically made from steel or concrete.
The controller or terminal is technically called the “indicator” as it serves as the truck’s command center. This technology can display, program, and control the entire truck scale system.
Load cells are crucial to a successful performance and if they don’t perform accurately, then the truck scale can’t gauge the weight measurement on the scale.
A junction box matches the signals of all the load cells and weighing systems in the truck scale. Additionally, this system equalizes the system to signal the correct weight to the indicator.
Lastly, there are many bells, whistles, and accessories that a truck scale can have installed while also being able to perform efficiently and safely.
#2: VRK211 Load Cell Conversion Kit
Take advantage of our reliable Model VRK211 technology! This easy-to-install kit uses the POWERCELL PDC technology to replace high-maintenance lever systems, analog load cells, and hydraulic load cells.
There are many benefits of the VRK211 model which include (but are not limited to) strong digital signals, accurate and reputable weighing, simple designs, durable cables, and so much more.
Improve your weighing operations by upgrading your systems and installing this technology into your truck scale.
#3: Weights, Measurement Agencies, and Regulations—Oh My!
When driving on any road, any vehicle must not go over the maximum weight regulations in order to keep the round safe and sound. For example, if a truck is over the weight that the road can handle, then there could be an overload causing damage to the asphalt with the potential of putting smaller cars at risk. Therefore, on-road weight regulations, as well as Legal for Trade approvals, are required on the federal, state, and regional levels. Discuss with your supplier for more information.
#4: Easy Installation
At Acme Scales, quality doesn’t stop once the manufacturing process is complete, rather we know the importance of installation for successful operations. Some scales can be installed within one day while others take more time, but once your truck is up and running properly, it’s ready to be put to work!
How long does installation take? It depends on a few factors including the foundation. So, get a quote! The average for everything is a little over 1 day, but don’t quote us as that time varies per vehicle depending on the needs of the truck scale.
Each truck scale component and part may have different warranty claims, so we recommend that you read the fine print. If a part is advertised with a 25-year warranty, that could be a clause changing the costs you would have to pay to repair a component or part. That’s just one example, so read closely and discuss all the warranties with your provider prior to choosing your truck scale.
But Wait, There’s More!
There are so many important factors to consider when choosing the perfect truck scale for your company’s operations, so to learn more about all the specifics, feel free to contact us. We are available to answer any questions that may arise during this process. We look forward to connecting and hope this process is smooth for you.