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3 Weigh Scales to Improve Warehousing & Distribution Operations

Logistics Warehouse Peoria ILBeyond the more traditional truck scales that we often cover here at RoadWeigh.com, in this article we depict three different types of weigh scales which contribute to greater improvements in efficiency and throughput for warehousing and distribution operations.

These weigh scale systems include: pallet scales, lift truck scales, and conveyor belt scales.

Pallet Scales

Pallet scales have undergone a lot of innovation over the years, and now these types of scales come in various types. When it comes to weighing pallets and boxes in a warehouse (some of which can be very oddly sized) pallet scales provide quick and effortless weighing solution. Since there are so many types of pallet scales that are available to you these days, one should take some time to know some things about your own requirements before you invest in pallet scales.

Pallet Beam Scales pallet scale

These scales are the most commonly used type of pallet scale. They make use of easily adjustable beams to facilitate the weighing process when dealing with irregularly shaped and sized items. Strong and durable, these are the popular pallet scales of choice for usability, and a great choice is you need a general all-rounder.

Pit Mounted Pallet Weighing Scales

This type of pallet scale is installed above a pit in the ground, into which the items that need to be weighed are put before being weighed. Pallet scales such as this take up very little floor space and so are a popular choice for factories and warehouses where space is restricted.

Portable Pallet Jack Scale

As the name suggests, the main advantage of these pallet scales is that they are portable. They are usually build using lightweight, but strong, materials, and are mostly used by large-scale industrial businesses and are used to weigh extremely large loads.

Pallet scales are ideal for warehousing applications as well as smaller logistics and distribution businesses that ship goods. Since it becomes easy to weigh and move at the same time, a lot of effort on labor is also saved. The electric pallet scales are also something that one should look into as they also provide the option of using less fuel and can be used even in places where there may not be any power supply.

Lift Truck Scales lift truck

With some fork lift trucks, today there is option of buying fork lifts with built-in electronic scales. These are called "on-board scales" as the weighing system is integrated on the actual vehicle. Fork trucks or lift trucks with integrated scales are a great safety mechanism, in addition to being easy to use. The item or load can be mounted onto the fork truck and the scales will display the weight.

Advantages of Lift Truck Scales

  • There are many advantages to having electronic scales for fork lifts the main one being safety. Exceeding the load capacity onto the fork lift truck can be very dangerous for the operator and for surrounding people as well, using the scales will make sure that an excessive weight will never be carried around.
  • Another advantage is that the scales can be linked up to other programs. The scales can be programmed to communicate directly with a terminal or warehouse management system; this can save time and gives a whole new scope of possibilities.
  • Using scales within the fork lift truck will prevent overloading lorries and vans as well which has a knock on effect, the lorries can then safely transport the loads safely, and at the other end the forklifts can unload the lorries again knowing they are the right weight.

Conveyor Belt Scales

Conveyor belt scales are an important part of many manufacturing and logistics management processes as they weigh the material being transported along a conveyor belt, whether it is raw materials such as iron ore or some other kind of product being transported on the conveyor belt. Conveyor belts can be set up outdoor or indoor in the warehouse space or the manufacturing plant. The scales are set up so that the product is weighed while it is being transported along the conveyor belt.

conveyor belt scales

There are many different types of conveyor belt scales; they can be freestanding units, or integrated into the actual belt. What is chosen will depend on the type of product that must be weighed and whether the conveyor belt is external or internal. It is extremely important to choose the correct type of scales for the job, as accuracy is an important factor. If the scales do not measure with the best accuracy it can have a really huge impact on the company.

Such scales may also be referred to as a weightometer or a belt scale. But no matter what they are called, they all need to be chosen carefully and installed properly if they are to give the most accurate reading and thus save the user company money. Some of the major factors for installation are vertical alignment, the horizontal alignment and horizontal idler spacing, idler frame and roller selection and the weigh frame location.

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