Waste & Recycling


Why are waste operations installing on-board scales?

There are several benefits of installing on-board scales. Let us look at five of them

By Kevin Hill


very industry turns out some amount of waste, which is handled by the waste management system. It is common knowledge that handling industrial waste isn’t an easy task and has to be done with precision and efficiency. Why is precision required? Well, there are more reasons than one. Before that, we should understand how waste operations are ensuring accuracy, precision and efficiency. The answer lies in on-board scales.

These scales have introduced an increased productivity, enhanced competence and profitability while operating a truck. Every company wants to cut down their operating costs without compromising on safety standards and fleet efficiency. They have been adopting different tools, techniques and equipment to help them with effective management. Weighing scales have been in play since a long time and constant improvements have been made on them to elevate their performance. Strain gauge based air sensors or hydraulic sensors have been added to the electronic scales over the years. This eventually made it possible to install on-board scales on any trailer or truck with spring or mixed suspensions.

Significant benefits of On-board scales

There are several benefits of installing on-board scales. Let us look at five of them.

  • Overweight fines are eliminated

Every truck is required to maintain their weight under a specified limit. The overall weight of the vehicle, their axle weights as well as the waste carried by them need to be considered to staying with the weight restrictions. On-boards scales help them with accurate measurements so that they don’t get overweight. If weight restrictions are not adhered to, then overweight fines have to be paid. With on-board scales, chances of such fines are eliminated and help companies prevent unwanted expenses.

  • Efficiency of the vehicle is optimized

Every vehicle has certain capacity it can haul on each trip. Over-utilizing is avoided by keeping the weight under the maximum permissible limit, but under-utilizing also hurts the company in the long run. It would mean that lesser load is carried in every trip, with can lead to an increase in the number of trips that need to be undertaken. Having on-board scales dismisses the need to repeatedly go to platform scales to weigh and also ensures that the efficiency of vehicle is highly optimized.

  • Adds life to the vehicles

Since trucks and trailers carry a large amount of waste, their weight starts acting on the vehicles eventually. Every vehicle is designed to carry a certain load, above which it can face issues with its structural functioning. Maintenance costs rise up and start digging into the pockets of the company. On-board scales justify their investment by reducing brake, engine and other structural maintenance costs in the long run. This directly translates into prolonged life of the vehicles.

  • Convenience of weighing transfer load weights

Waste has to be transferred to and from the vehicle to the loading/unloading point. Imagine the effort that would go into doing the same every single time; not to mention the waiting in line for getting weight checked and the inaccuracy that may occur during the off-loading and re-loading in case some material is left behind. Complications arise when weight is off the mark and has to be readjusted by either by putting in more load or taking away some. Each time it has to be reweighed again. It can be a time-consuming process for just one truck, a convoy of trucks will undoubtedly be challenging. On-board scales address all these issues by eradicating the constant transfer of load weight. Once the load is put in the truck, it’s weighed instantly and accurately, based on which the right amount of load can be put in the truck.

  • Increased efficiency in operations

On-board scales support wireless communication and can be integrated with on-board computer and GPS equipment. They also record weights, routes of the tracks, service times, dump cycles and load cycles accurately. All this promotes gathering of real-time information to any location of the office. It increases and improves operation efficiency by a great degree.

Apart from saving times and expenses, waste operations have been installing on-board scales to increase safety by keeping the load weight within permissible limit and eliminate any liability exposure that comes with increased braking distances due to overweight of loads in the vehicles.

About the Author:

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is a vanguard to his marketing department. He provides exceptional technical expertise to the Sales & Services team at Quality Scales Unlimited. His morning breakfast includes healthy food with a side of “What’s Happening in Mechanical Engineering?” His weekend plan comprises of blogging and spending time with his family.

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