At a glance:
- Benefits of having volumetric load scanners.
- Working with a volumetric load scanner.
Volumetric scanning of loads is a new technology in the mining industry that provides unrivalled benefits to mining companies. This somewhat new tech in payload weighing is increasingly setting standards in the accurate measurement of truck payloads for mining sites. Volumetric load scanners use 3D imaging software to make measurements loaded trucks accurate and economical. This revolutionary approach to truck measurement in the mining industry can be achieved with Trakblaze’s volumetric load scanners.
Given the importance of accurate and reliable measurement data, the equipment and systems used have a great influence on the mining industry. From site exploration, management of heavy equipment, transportation of mined materials, and their management, measurement systems have several applications in the management of mining operations. Precise and error-free payload data is one of the primary requirements for mining sites which is possible with volumetric load scanners; readily available for mining companies across Australia with Trakblaze.
Traditional weight scales can do a fine job of producing weight data of payloads for mining companies. However, using contemporary volumetric scanners from Trakblaze, the greater need for accurate, reliable, as well as cost and time-saving measurement of payloads across mining sites is attainable. Volumetric load scanners for the mining industries offer several appealing benefits to mining companies;
- Improving operational efficiency
- Proper tracking of inventory for mines
- Assuring quality work
- Regulatory compliance, and
- Cost control
How do Volumetric Scanners Work?
Measurement Systems such as volumetric scanners have recently been introduced in the mining industry, before which static weighbridges were used to measure truck payloads. This new-day measurement system for the mining industry makes traditional weighbridges look obsolete or appear least necessary today. Notably, this tech is a forefront measurement system for the mining industry in providing flawless payload data and a time-saving scanning process.
The ability to provide accurate scanning results for trucks whilst capturing data in motion is a great advantage for volumetric load scanners over traditional Truck scales where the truck has to stop on the scale itself. As bulk materials are loaded in that truck and are passed beneath the scan head, the data is automatically generated with instant results. A truck volumetric scanner is light and occupies less physical space; therefore, it is easy to move the scanning system from one mining site to another if the need arises.
Higher-end systems can combine both volumetric and Weight data derived from a Dynamic, in-motion Haul truck scale to provide material density data. Trakblaze provides their heavy-duty, accurate and reliable Force series of Mining Truck scales which provide the complete measurement package. These combinations of in-motion weighing and volumetric scanning systems relay the information directly to an operator. Mines using these measurement systems can also equip the system with a radio frequency identification (RFID) system. RFID helps in the identification of trucks passing through the scanner, making it easy to measure a fleet of trucks quickly and efficiently.
You can operate a truck volumetric scanner for recording truck payloads from Trakblaze through any working conditions. Their performance remains unaffected by weather conditions and uneven loads. Trakblaze uses a touchscreen and could data-sharing features in their truck volumetric scanners to make the measuring of trucks for mining companies as effective as possible.
As Australia’s industry-leading weighbridge manufacturer, Trakblaze looks into every factor of truck weighing and volumetric scanning for mining companies that can make their job as accurate and effective as possible. You can capture critical metrics of your loaded trucks directly from the scanning lasers, while load volume information is acquired using a customised algorithm.
Trakblaze can offer mobile truck volumetric scanners to mining companies across Australia to prevent companies from facing any problems while moving their volumetric scanners from one place to another. Introduce an impeccable measurement system for your mining trucks with Trakblaze.
A weighbridge breakdown can cost more than just money in terms of repairs; it can also result in costly downtime, lost productivity, time delays or penalties, heavy repairs, or even fines due to legal violations. The best preventative measure that an organisation can take to minimise the possibility of a weighbridge breakdown is a programme of preventative maintenance, ongoing inspection, and regular servicing of both the mechanical and electrical components.
Listed below are the most common causes of truck scales breakdowns and insights on what can perhaps be done to avoid them.
Moisture is the adversary of many weighbridge components, especially load cells, which are the most important, but also the most vulnerable, component of any electronic weighing system. Any moisture that gets past the seals, whether it’s rain, ice, snow, or humidity, damages the load cell connections and impairs their capacity to correctly measure force or weight. A shifting or fluctuating weight display is frequently a symptom of moisture in the load cell, cable, connection, or load cell terminals. If this occurs, it is critical to diagnose and correct the problem as early as possible.
Build-up of debris and dust
Debris such as mud, leaves, or sand, dirt or snow can accumulate and cause issues. Regular inspections should be carried out, and a basic, continuing cleaning and sweeping routine should keep build-ups at bay. Any cleaning program should be done with caution, and it’s crucial to remember not to use chemicals or a pressure hose on delicate portions of the weighbridge.
Aside from moisture, there are a slew of additional elements that might degrade the load cells’ function and weighing accuracy. Shock, overloading, lightning strikes, mismanagement, vibration, earth tremors or earthquakes, a sudden large spike in electrical current, or chemical damage are examples of these. Because a weighbridge is a precision instrument, it is critical to have the weighing system checked by a qualified technician. If there is ever any concern that the load cells’ accuracy been compromised, a thorough inspection has to be carried out in order to sustain the weighbridge.
Another major cause of weighbridge failure is cable failure. Regular checks are to be maintained in order to ensure that the cables are properly fitted and have not gotten over-tightened due to load cell rotation, and that they are rotating efficiently whenever required. Furthermore, rat damage to cables is a serious worry.
Damage to the junction box
The junction box is a key component of a weighbridge, and it is where many weighbridge issues arise. The box must be well sealed to prevent dirt or moisture from entering, thereby damaging the delicate electronics from within. The junction box may act as the subject to damage as they are the point of entry.
Although breakdowns cannot always be prevented, the risk of downtime and costly repairs may be reduced with excellent construction and continuing preventative services offered by a team of weighbridge scale experts. Trakblaze, which is considered as Australia’s premier weighbridge manufacturer, may help you provide information on how to avoid weighbridge breakdowns.
Article at a glance:
- Overloading & road safety
- Introduction to onboard weighing system
- Benefits of onboard weighing system
Road safety is a major concern among logistics companies which incorporates the overall safety of your drivers and goods. Businesses place the responsibility of their commodities and products to logistics believing the safety and proper management of their products is guaranteed. One of the major reasons which could lead to the failure of your haulage services is overloading. Overloading is a legal offence as per Australian law and leads to an increase in road accidents and fatalities in the logistics business.
Road accidents are always terrible news for people and organizations involved. To avoid risks there have been some developments in the transportation sector – weighing systems. With the modern-day weighing systems, the bulk transport of products is made easier and safer for drivers and businesses as well. Instead of free guessing, drivers can rely on numbers and actual data. They can know how much load their commercial vehicle is carrying and decide whether it is safe to carry the load or not.
You may think weighing scales are time-consuming and practically inaccurate to follow on a day-to-day basis. You can implement onboard weighing systems for your commercial vehicles if you are worried about the functionality of weighing systems for vehicles. The onboard weighing system allows your drivers to weigh load in real-time, wherever they are. It uses sensory software which records each load loaded to your vehicle and directly displays the net weight on the screen.
There are several compelling benefits of onboard weighing systems making it a necessary upgrade for your logistic business:
- You can weigh the load moved into your vehicle while it’s being moved. This does not require excess effort and minimizes operation costs in the long run. This saves a lot of time in weighing your vehicles before haulage.
- Overloading is a legal offence and can result in an infringement notice in Australia. You can avoid unnecessary expenses with an onboard weighing system.
- It ensures your commercial vehicle is within load limit and prevents dangers associated with overloading like tyre burnout, road accident, and damage to goods.
- Overloading means your vehicle is putting in extra effort to carry the load. By keeping the load in check, you can avoid spending excess money on your vehicle’s condition.
There are various formats of the onboard weighing system in use in Australia. You can use Force1 for truck axle weighing. OPTIWIM is a digital sensory weighing system for heavy-duty vehicles. TMU4 is used as an in-motion weighing system for logistic and passenger vehicles. Find all these leading-class weighing systems at Trakblaze, a world-leading weighing systems company with 90 years of industry knowledge.
Article at a glance:
- Introducing traffic management system
- Challenges with traffic management
- How Trakblaze helps with traffic management
The world traffic management system is evolving at the national and regional level, especially in developed countries like Australia. The busiest roads across Melbourne will soon see a smart traffic management system, using sensors for real-time data analysis, at the helm of the traffic system within the city. It may only be a matter of time until, several urban and suburbs of Australia will implement this new age traffic system.
Traffic jams and congestion cost both time and money and stats reveal it’s in our best interest to have a robust traffic management system in Australia to avoid unnecessary financial loss. Over time, this amounts to billions of Australian dollars.
The traffic management system has only one function to ensure safe and reliable road transport especially when it’s the primary means of travelling within the country. A good traffic system should be able to observe the traffic limit of a city and rotate traffic to avoid congestion. Due to bad traffic management, industries procure unprecedented financial loss which directly affects the economy of the nation. The same problem makes human lives unbearably difficult on busy roads across Australia.
The growing numbers of vehicles, motorbikes and pedestrians make it forever challenging for traffic management bodies to maintain a controlled flow of traffic across common roads. This is why a smart traffic management system can provide a solution-based approach to the current traffic management problems and obstacles across major cities of Australia where the number of vehicles is always growing.
It is important to gather real-time data from a wide area to make necessary mandates regarding traffic management which can be practically implemented to control congestion. This is where the benefits of a traffic management system lie. By using the latest technology and sensors, any traffic governing authority can record live traffic data and regulate the flow of vehicles. These devices should be highly accurate and reliable and must be industry-proven systems to record real-time data of hundreds of vehicles.
Trakblaze‘s OPTIWIM is an optical fibre traffic monitoring system, a first of its kind weigh-in-motion sensor used for accurate traffic data of logistic trucks and carriers. With over 90 years’ of experience in weighing systems and weighing scales, Trakblaze has expanded its services in traffic monitoring solutions. Its monitoring devices like CMU and TMU4 are used to record in-motion traffic data which also includes pedestrians, motorbikes and bicycles.