Weighbridge Systems and Solutions
Accurate weighbridges can also help an operation to better track inventory in and out of their facility, gaining valuable insight into raw material usage. Our software solutions including DataBrige™ offer a user friendly interface for operators to manage transactions. From one system you can easily provide tickets, track data and analyze results.
METTLER TOLEDO manufactures electronic weighbridge solutions at our facilities in the United States, and in China, including truck weight scales, weighbridges, and load cells. As electronic weighbridge manufacturers, our comprehensive service packages help to keep vital equipment up and running when it matters most. Truck weighbridge calibration service helps to ensure your truck weighbridge equipment stays accurate and compliant to legal-for-trade standards that apply to truck weighbridge options. Services like scale health check, cleaning, re-painting, and upgrades are also part of our daily truck weighbridge offering – and are all performed by the top trained service technicians in the business. Work with METTLER TOLEDO the right electronic weighbridge for sale and weighbridge price.
No matter your application, METTLER TOLEDO as one of the preeminent electronic weighbridge manufacturers in the world offers high-performance weighbridges, interfaces, software, and accessories to meet your weighing and operational needs. These truck weight scales and truck weighbridge systems are designed to be the most innovative, accurate and reliable systems of their kind. These qualities work to keep your weighbridge system and your business moving every day.
What is a truck weighbridge and how does a weighbridge system work?
A weighbridge, also known as a truck scale, is system of several components that work together to provide weight readings when a truck drives on to the scale. Comprised of a foundation, bridge or deck, load cell system, terminal, and any accessories. These parts work together to provide a weight that can be used for a monetary transaction, inventory tracking, and to check legal weight limits for off-road and over-the-road travel. Weighbridges/truck scales can range in size to accommodate the small farmer, to multi-national aggregate facilities.
How much does a weighbridge cost? How much does a truck weighbridge cost?
The cost of a weighbridge or weighbridge cost can vary depending on several variables including:
- size such as truck scale module length or custom wider width,
- quality of the weighbridge system,
- material such as steel or concrete deck,
- load cell system purchased with the weighbridge,
- varying installation costs depending on the complexity of the installation,
- weighbridge management software and accessories desired with the scale
When shopping for a truck scale or truck weighbridge, there is more to consider than weighbridge price. It is important to consider the long term costs associated with your weighbridge system and ensuring that you purchase from one of a very small group of reputable weighbridge manufacturers. At METTLER TOLEDO, as one of the world’s foremost electronic weighbridge manufacturers, we believe your weighbridge for sale should last you 20 years or more. Over time as parts fail, the cost to service and replace components of your weighbridge can add up. Investing in a higher quality scale from the right electronic weighbridge manufacturer up front can save you thousands of dollars in the future in caring for your weighbridge system
Let's be honest; purchasing a truck scale can be overwhelming. It can be complicated and expensive. However, thorough research before your purchase can save you time, headaches and money in the future.
When shopping for a truck scale, choosing a scale with a low price tag can be tempting. But that low price tag can grow quickly as problems add up. Before committing to a low-cost scale, get the facts. Fifteen years from now, what did you really pay for your truck scale?
The initial purchase price of a truck scale can be broken down as follows:
- 35% Weighbridge
- 20% Load-cell system
- 20% Foundation
- 15% Delivery and installation
- 10% Terminal and software
Those are standard costs that come with all truck-scale purchases, regardless of the company. To achieve a lower initial purchase price, companies cut corners during the production process and by using low-quality load-cell systems. Those are the factors that can dramatically affect the total cost of ownership, leading to a scale that costs you much more than you anticipated.
The ongoing cost of scale ownership can be broken down as follows:
- 76% Load-cell system
- 10% Terminal
- 5% Weighbridge
- 5% Accessories
- 4% Software
A low-quality load cell system will cause costs to add up quickly. Ownership costs include maintenance, repairs, replacement components and labor. There are also the harmful effects of downtime and weighing errors on your business, especially when weighing expensive raw materials in bulk.
This graph shows the real cost of scales over ten years, with data that has been collected in the field. While the initial purchase price of a high-quality POWERCELL® PDX® scale is higher, it only takes a couple years of problems for the less expensive analog scale to become a money pit.
If you think a cheaper scale will save you money, think again. For the best results now and the future, there is only one choice: METTLER TOLEDO.
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How long does a weighbridge or truck weighbridge last?
As one of the world’s finest electronic weighbridge manufacturers, METTLER TOLEDO believes a weighbridge system is a long-term investment that should last 20 years or more. However, this can vary depending on usage, environment, construction quality of the scale, and choice of weighbridge manufacturers. For example, a scale seeing only 50 trucks per day will likely have a longer life than a scale seeing 500 trucks per day. When shopping for a truck scale or truck weighbridge, it is important to ask questions about the life cycle testing that is done to prove scale longevity. Most companies use FEA computer simulated design testing to prove their scale designs. METTLER TOLEDO goes a step further by performing true life cycle tests on all scale models and weighbridges before they ever see the public market. With our one of a kind module masher, we test our designs between 1 to 2 million cycles - or 20 years of heavy use for our scales and weighbridges. This proof, along with our long history of quality truck scales still in use - is a testament to the longevity of our truck scale systems and weighbridges.
What is the difference between analog and digital load cells?
Weighbridges with traditional analog systems must include a summing box or junction box. Junction boxes are more susceptible to interference from the environment, such as:
- water damage to jbox and cables,
- accuracy fluctuation from temperature,
- failure from lightning strike
Additionally, they are proven to be less accurate than digital systems. POWERCELL load cells from METTLER TOLEDO offer improved environmental protection and accuracy. By removing junction boxes from our POWERCELL PDX systems we have eliminated the biggest cause of weighbridge failure. In fact, our field gathered service data shows that our load cells have a failure rate of less than 0.02% - unprecedented reliability for your weighbridge for sale. POWERCELL PDX cells also include additional post signal processing after the A to D conversion that helps to eliminate errors caused by temperature, linearity and hysteresis - leading to a more pure and thus more accurate weight reading on the truck scale.
Are you constantly replacing load cells for your weighbridge? Discover load cell upgrade kits.
Load cell upgrade kits are available for truck scales where the bridge is still in good shape. If your weighbridge is still fairly new, but your load cell system is breaking down often - then you could be a good candidate for an upgrade kit from METTLER TOLEDO. Upgrading your truck scale to a POWERCELL PDX system will give you all the benefits of a new scale, including:
- improved accuracy
- improved reliability
- reduced breakdowns
- less cost in service fees
- a longer scale life
At a fraction of the cost of a new weighbridge, for an excellent weighbridge price.
How can I automatically track the transactions at my weighbridge?
Tracking the inventory and transactions that pass over your scale can be challenging, especially if you are still utilizing handwritten transactions or outdated software. These systems also allow for a large margin of human error. With DataBridge, METTLER TOLEDO's Data Management Software, the process can be fully automated. Benefits include:
- improved inventory tracking/tracing
- reporting functionality
- interfacing with unattended terminals
- plug in technology for user-built applications
- advanced fraud prevention
These benefits allow you to focus on the many other facets of your operation that need your time.
What are the most common ways customers can cheat a weighbridge?
Cheating at the truck scale is becoming more common and cheaters are becoming more sophisticated all around the world. Many businesses spend time and money protecting their facility with gates and guard shacks, but don't know that they could be getting robbed at the truck scale. We have targeted the top 5 ways truck drivers can cheat at the truck scale, including:
- Improper Positioning
- Load Cell Tampering
- Lightening the Load
- Disappearing Goods
- Data Altering
Download our free Fraud Prevention Guide to learn more.
How often should I calibrate my weighbridge?
The frequency of weighbridge calibration will vary from site to site and is heavily influenced by usage. A truck scale seeing 50 trucks per day will not need to be calibrated as often as one seeing 400 trucks per day. Additionally the environmental conditions can play a role in how often a scale needs to be calibrated. The best way to determine the need at your site is to schedule a health check with a METTLER TOLEDO service technician. Based off the results of your check and the information you are able to provide on usage they can make a recommendation on calibration and other preventative maintenance procedures.
Other than calibration, what else should I do to care for my weighbridge?
While calibration is an important part of caring for your weighbridge and ensuring accuracy, there are many other preventative maintenance actions that can be taken to extend the life of your scale. A few points to consider:
- how you can keep your scale clean
- scheduled maintenance to avoid break downs
- checking terminal error logs
- inspecting load cells
To learn more about the measures you can take to care for your weighbridge, download our Preventative Maintenance Guide.
What is the validity of weighbridge calibration certificate?
Calibration determines truck scale weighing performance. With routine scale calibration and adjustment, you can measure safely, ensure compliance and avoid the profit loss of inaccurate measurements. Achieve and maintain compliance through consistent procedures and adhere to local and global regulations and standards, such as NIST Handbook 44, OIML, and NMI.
Other than calibration what else should I do to care for my weighbridge?
While calibration is an important part of caring for your weighbridge and ensuring accuracy, there are many other preventative maintenance actions that can be taken to extend the life of your scale. A few points to consider when looking at a weighbridge for sale:
- how you can keep your scale clean
- scheduled maintenance to avoid break downs
- checking terminal error logs
- inspecting load cells
To learn more about the measures you can take to care for your weighbridge for sale, download our Preventative Maintenance Guide. METTLER TOLEDO belongs to the leading weighbridge manufacturers, suppliers and exporters, and we provide the best quality weighbridge. Find your next weighbridge for sale at mt.com.
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