What Are The Applications And Benefits Of Volumetric Scanning Across Different Industries Such As Mining & Rail?

Published 5 January '20

Volumetric Scanning is fast becoming an alternative or complimentary method of measurement to weighing across the industrial sectors of rail, mining and aviation. Due to its laser-precision and reliability, Volumetric Scanning uses an elevated scan head to provide a comprehensive analysis of material from the ground up to ensure even load distribution, a reduction in maintenance costs and works to negate overloading. Trakblaze’s trademarked Volumetric Scanners are available in two varieties tailored to two different industries. We will explore the application and benefits of Trakblaze’s Rail Volume Scanner and compare it to the functionality of its Mining Truck Volumetric scanner in an attempt to illustrate how each can be optimised. Both feature a user-friendly interface, comprising several design elements, scanning specifications and software functionality that are the result of meticulous engineering and software innovation that are required to set industry benchmarks and pave the way for more streamlined operations.


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Fitted with advanced ‘auto scan’ software, the Trakblaze Rail Volume Scanner (RVS) is an industry-specific weighing instrument that accurately and rapidly records the volumetric measurements of each wagon type on a set track via an aerial scan head. As operators have and will continue to benefit from the direct acquisition of key metrics via high speed 2D lasers, the RVS software is equipped with a customised algorithm allowing for the precise load volume scanner information as well as measurement parameters of each train. In turn, this bolsters the efficiency of loading operations and it provides near real time outputs that can be replicated amongst several projects. Additional benefits include its easy installation and user interface, it’s provision of an industry-standard data delivery mechanism and pre-calibration to reduce trial measurements.


Amongst the many functions of Trakblaze’s revolutionary Mining Truck Volumetric Scanner (TVS), its ability to measure bulk loose solids of any given dump trucks that travel beneath its scan head is essential in accurate reporting and increasing payloads. As it performs thousands of distance measurements per second, much like the RVS, it reports data and key metrics to the operator and allows for the continuous improvement of operations. The application process starts with the construction of a 3D model or ‘empty vehicle profile’ in which an empty truck is scanned and recorded into the system to serve as a measuring stick for upcoming dump trucks. The load volume is computed on subsequent scans by comparing each new load against the empty vehicle profile.

Each project varies and each requires specific measurement systems to ensure the efficacy of its operations. Although the RVS and TVS embody the similar technology to ensure more accuracy and speed, understanding their difference in application is important to making an informed decision upon project planning. Luckily, with over 90 years of experience and as an international leader of high-quality industrial weighing systems, Trakblaze’s extensive range of trademarked products symbolise their commitment to improving the industry and their commitment to innovation that has helped countless businesses improve their operations.