Throughout the decades, weighbridge technology has come a long way from simple mechanical structures to intricate advanced systems. Weighbridges come in different sizes for various applications and functions. A weighbridge helps to accurately and safely validate the load of vehicles. The weighbridge platform should be tough enough to withstand the weight of different vehicles. A private landfill owner can install a weighbridge to determine the amount of waste entering the facility. This article presents some top considerations for beginners when installing weighbridges in private landfills.
Weighing Platform -- A weighing platform is the most significant part of a weighbridge as it supports the weight of vehicles. You can choose between steel and concrete platforms, depending on your preference. Steel platforms are popular because they have low mass (lightweight) platforms compared to concrete platforms. Despite being lightweight, steel platforms are designed in a manner that can support high load-bearing capacity. The toughness of the steel platform is attributed to the fact that the platform is manufactured using the cold bending process. A surface-mounted weighbridge is preferable since it does not need an expensive concrete foundation to be poured, and thus, it is easy to dismantle and move.
Modular Design -- Sometimes, constructing a weighing platform can be labour intensive and costly. An alternative method is to consider an innovative modular design that is customised. The modular version is easy to install and operate because it requires minimal concrete foundations. You can choose to either install ramps, scoreboard displays or side rails. The modular design has a low profile with sensors built inside the pads. Therefore, some of these models are portable. Also, the weighing pads of most modular designs are tough enough with solid rubber ramps for added balance and grip. In this sense, such weighbridges are ideal in unlevelled conditions.
Weighbridge Load Cells -- A weighbridge platform requires load cells to measure the weight of vehicles. There are many load cells models in the market, but you should talk to your installer before choosing a suitable type. The bottom line is that the load cells should have high solidity, which is the ability to resist side impact and overload. Furthermore, load cells help to eliminate the need for installing buffers on weighbridges to control the shift of the platform during the weighing process. However, the load cells should be compatible with your weighbridge system for a seamless weighing experience each time you use them.