Understanding the Causes of Scales Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them

Friday, 22nd April

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

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.

Load cells

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.

Cable failure

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.

Do You Operate A Commercial Vehicle? Here’s Why You Need An Onboard Weighing System.

Friday, 08th April

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.

Exploring the Benefit of the Traffic Management System

Monday, 07th March

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 88 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.

Volumetric Scanning For Rail Or Mining – How Do I Know Which Product Is Best For My Business?

Tuesday, 22nd February

Volumetric scanning represents a relatively new weight measurement technology and provides improved efficiencies for applications across a broad range of industries. Technology like this enables industrial, mining and construction processes to manage payloads more effectively.

Volumetric Scanning systems use 3D imaging software to measure bulk materials that have been loaded into trucks and rail wagons. While a vehicle passes slowly beneath the scan head, the system can automatically scan the load, record the results, and send them directly to an operator. Volumetric scanning has set the industry standard, and its implementation will transform how your construction, mining or industrial applications handle payloads.

Volumetric scanners provide reliable accuracy and performance in almost any weather or working conditions. Scanning is not affected by variables like moisture content, compaction or uneven loads. Trakblaze’s volumetric load scanning systems contain many time-saving features, such as touchscreen operation and cloud data sharing.

Trakblaze provides a mobile volumetric scanner (MVS), which combines the volumetric scanning features of both a rail volumetric scanner (RVS) and a mining truck volumetric scanner (TVS), but with the versatility of being moveable to any desired location.

Trakblaze’s RVS is specifically designed to quickly and accurately measure the volume in all open top rail wagons. Rail volumetric scanning software lets operators capture critical metrics directly from the scanning lasers, while a customised algorithm provides precise load volume information and train measurement parameters.

Trakblaze’s TVS is used to in the mining industry to measure bulk loads carried in haul trucks or various sizes from smaller underground trucks through to the largest of the Ultra Trucks. In the TVS system, mining dump trucks drive slowly under an elevated scan head. Whenever a dump truck crosses area below the scan head, it falls within its field of view and takes thousands of distance measurements per second.

The trailer for the MVS is equipped with a two-stage lifting boom to ensure that the best height is reached for each individual vehicle. This scanner has outrigger legs, stability guy ropes, and lock-out positions that ensure the scanner head is stable when fully erected. As the vehicles pass slowly beneath the scan head, all the information derived from the recent scan can be viewed immediately and is stored in the controller’s memory.

However, the question remains how do I know which product suits my business best?

Multiple factors influence the answer. Both RVS and TVS are designed to support onsite tasks and permanently mounted in a specific site location; thus, they are purchased according to the requirements and needs of the worksite.

The MVS is ideal for short term installations for and is totally versatile, but the cost of the trailer and some limitations on the height and reach of the scan head, can mean a permanent solution is more desirable.

After reading the above article, you may have gained sufficient knowledge of these different types of scanners and their functions, enabling you to decide which will be the most useful to your business. That said, if you still require any additional information of clarifications,  Trakblaze are industry leaders and are ready to answer any of your questions.

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