Weighing systems play a critical role across the gamut of industry, providing organisations and users with vital information that enables them to improve their yields, meet legislative requirements, enhance the safety of the working environment and boost their operating efficiencies.
Anyone involved in logistics, transportation and along the whole supply chain will appreciate the important role that weighing technology plays and how it has evolved to become a key factor in helping organisations achieve their commercial goals and stay competitive.
From high precision laboratory balances to heavy-duty shipping container scales, the process of accurate weighing is vital and equipment manufacturers are constantly being challenged to meet customer demands for innovative products that deliver on price, functionality, quality, reliability, safety, durability and performance.
The rapidly evolving digital and telecommunications landscape is another key factor that is driving innovation and there have been a number of key developments in the areas of data recording and transfer, wireless operation, diagnostics, remote tracking and security.
From the development of digital load cells, the integration of interfaces for efficient data transfer, enhanced security through the legal traceability of scale values, improvements in equipment durability to provide maximum protection against hazardous conditions, extreme weather and rough usage, wireless technology that enables unmanned weighing systems and improved control systems to multiple sensor weigh-in-motion weighbridge systems, there’s a lot happening in the world of weighing technology.
In terms of weighbridges, the designs haven’t really seen major changes, but there have been key peripheral developments which have had significant positive spin-offs. Innovations such as data transfer, the ability to track productivity and performance online, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), remote displays and the ability to interrogate load cells remotely have all changed the face of vehicle weighing, with weigh-in-motion (WIM) motion technology really coming to the fore as a viable option.
In fact, these versatile WIM systems are gaining the ascendancy over the traditional static weighbridges and offer a number of key advantages, including:
- Improved operational efficiencies
- Enhanced productivity
- Automatic calculation and analysis of key data (such as gross weight, net weight and axle weight)
- Faster throughputs and streamlined operation
- Reduced margin for error
- Much less dependence on operator assistances
- Instant alerts on over or underloading of vehicles
- Full integration with existing systems which allows optimum allocation of resources
- Improved workplace safety as drivers remain in the vehicles
Whether it’s a weigh-in-motion weighbridge on a remote mine site in the rugged Australian outback or a hermetically sealed, aseptic load cell for a checkweigher in the pharmaceutical industry, the principles driving technological developments are the same. Speed, efficiency, accuracy, functionality and price are all common denominators and as customers demand more from the equipment manufacturers, they’re also demanding more in terms of servicing and support.
AccuWeigh is Australia’s largest supplier of weighbridges, weighing equipment and product inspection equipment and we have a strong reputation for innovative ideas, progressive design, highly capable implementation and professional technical support. Our deep understanding of weighing needs throughout the logistics, transportation and supply chain industries has cemented our industry leadership and you can contact your nearest branch to discuss your needs today.