Volumetric Scanning – Applications & Benefits

Published 18 June '21

Volume scanning is becoming the new mining and rail industry standard as a reliable system when shifting bulk materials. The mining and rail industry is all about efficiently transporting materials from one place to another, and measuring these loads accurately is a crucial part of improving the revenue and productivity of said industries.

Most of the mining, civil construction, and quarrying industries embrace volumetric scanning as it provides highly accurate measurements and information-rich reports.

Gone are the days where getting a load measurement, involved lots of manual labour and guesswork including weighing the loads and converting them to volume. However, all of these industries now want a more precise and quick way to get the most accurate measurements, that will ultimately lead to the best outcomes and generate higher revenue.

Why Volumetric Scanning?

With a combination of modern software, new designs, and scanning specifications, volumetric scanning had revolutionised the way in which measurements of load are taken. Volumetric Scanning is a real alternative to weighing and provides accurate reliable measurement data.

Unlike permanent full draft weighbridges, volumetric load scanners don’t require extensive site work for installation, and they are effortless and quick to install.

Volumetric scanners can be used in smaller sites as a cost-effective mobile unit. However, this modern weighing system is also ideal for multi-site operations. You can easily speed up the measurement process while getting real-time, highly accurate data of all the loading locations.

The major benefits on volumetric scanning is highly accurate measurements, real-time scanning and reporting, and load optimisation with 3D profiling.

Highly Accurate Measurements

Volumetric scanners ensure a highly accurate measurement as it uses an innovative, drive-through, non-contact scanning system. It scans an empty truck and stores its data in a database. Once the truck comes to load, a volumetric scanner evaluates the difference between an empty and loaded truck to calculate the load volume. It also looks at moisture content, loading variations, and compaction which can result in an inaccurate reading when other systems are used.

The system completely eliminates any false load counting that could be caused by human error.

Real-time Scanning And Reporting

Getting immediate feedback on a load is vital for all mining and rail industries. It has the ability to stop any overloading from occurring, or any underloading issues, that can risk revenue being lost. With the modern software used in volumetric scanning, now you can get real-time scanning and reporting before it’s too late.

Once the truck/rail passes through the scanner, the software auto-scans, and in less than 10 seconds it reports on the data with a calculation of critical production parameter.

Load Optimisation with 3D profiling

The primary goal of any weighing system is to optimize the load. The advanced software implemented in the volumetric scanner makes load management easier for operators and businesses alike.

To enhance the load management, the volumetric scanner provides a 3D volume profile of each load which will help to view the load position, carry back, and material compaction. As a result, truck and rail load capacity are fully utilized considering safety factors, overloading, or underloading.

If you are looking into introducing the use of volumetric scanning to measure truck or rail vehicles, with over 90 years of experience in weighing industry Trakblaze now offers both truck volumetric scanner (TVS) and Rail volumetric scanner (RVS). Volumetric scanners can be integrated with weigh-in-motion scales and work collaboratively to give better insights into your loads. If you are looking for more information, visit the Trakblaze website, in order to find out more, and discover the best weighing and measurement solutions, for your business.