Various industries and applications that handle bulk materials such as the construction companies, mining operations, earthworks sites, dredging operations, farms and agricultural product storage facilities require precise measurement of the volumes and weight of the materials being handled and transported. Usually the materials in such applications are transported by trucks and are taken to a truck scale or similar bulk weighing system.
However, many of these companies are realizing greater efficiency and throughput with payload scanner systems. In-motion volumetric load scanner systems can easily and cost-effectively measure volumes of the trucks’ payloads with precision and speed. These volume measurements can then be converted into corresponding weight measurements by applying suitable density information for the payloads.
These non-contact volumetric payload scanners are usually installed at entry or exit point of sites and use lasers to scan the truck beds before and after loading and calculate the volume of the payload being carried. Such payload scanner systems offer a cost-effective, quicker and more accurate alternative to conventional weighing scales in many industries such as agricultural material handling operations and mines.
Here is a brief look at the three leading suppliers of drive-through volumetric payload scanner systems.
Walz Scale offers drive-through payload scanner systems for a wide range of material handling applications. The company’s load scanning systems are ready to install and pre-configured/tested before shipping. This allows the clients to reduce costs by carrying out installation on their own. Walz Scale offers a wide range of installation options including permanent installation, installation on a portable precast concrete block, wall-mount installations and trailer mounted systems.
The in-motion volumetric load scanner systems offered by Walz Scale also support RFID based automated vehicle identification that enables completely unattended vehicle scanning operations. Walz Scale also offers unattended touchscreen driver kiosks, software for management of load scanning systems and optional cloud data access for remote real-time management of payload scanning operations.
LoadScan offers volumetric load scanner solutions in a number of portability and installation options. The company’s drive-through payload scanners are suitable for a wide variety of industries and applications including mining, construction, bulk and mulch operations etc. LoadScan offers its load volume scanner product in four configurations – LoadScan Mobile, Load Scan Portable, LoadScan Fixed and Load Scan Custom.
LoadScan Mobile is a mobile, self-contained payload scanning system that can be driven to a site and be ready for operation within 45 minutes. LoadScan Portable is a volumetric load scanning solution that can be easily moved to a new location if required. It is mounted on a precast block of concrete with lifting points and fork-slots that allow easy transportation of the entire unit. LoadScan Fixed is a fixed load scanning solution that is suitable for permanent installation. LoadScan Custom is a drive-through payload scanning solution that is suitable for custom mounting applications such as on the side of buildings, tunnels or mining portals etc.
LoadScan also offers load management software, in-cab tracking consoles and cloud-based remote scanner access services.
Ag Weigh offers a wide range of weighing and load scanning solutions primarily for agricultural applications. This includes farm truck weighing scales, agricultural weighing solutions, in-motion yield load scanning systems and yield/harvest management software. Weighing solutions offered by Ag Weigh include farm truck scales, portable truck scales, onboard scales and floor scales.
Ag Weigh offers in-motion payload scanner systems that can scan trucks loaded with grains or other agricultural products and provide precise bushel measurements. Ag Weigh also offers remote data access for its load scanner systems. The volumetric yield scanner systems as well as scales offered by Ag Weigh can be fully integrated with the company’s Yield Pro harvest and yield management software for effective management and tracking.