3 Things To Consider for Maintaining a Truck Scale
By: Kelly Buck
Truck Scale owners know that there is a lot that goes into the planning and purchasing of a truck scale. Deciding on a steel or concrete deck, making sure the site and foundation are correct, and deciding on the preventative maintenance program that is right for you. Here are three things to consider for maintaining truck scale investments
1) What can I do to maintain my scale?
Truck scales owners should always be on the lookout for general cleanliness around the scale. You should keep the scale free of debris accumulation so that foreign material doesn’t prevent key scale parts from moving freely. By keeping the area free and clear, you can keep an eye on other parts of your scale that may wear over time. Load cell receivers, checking system parts, and suspension linkages all can wear out over time. Maintaining proper traffic control on your scale is also a necessity. When installing your scale, your supplier should give you recommendations for entry and exit speeds based on your specific application. Hard stops and starts on the scale can also cause above average wear on components and foundations, leading to costly repairs or replacements.
2) Do I need to do anything special if my truck scale is legal for trade?
With legal for trade truck scales, there are two kinds of ongoing scheduled activities to be aware of. Depending on your location, a state weights and measures check is legally required within 60 days of installation. Test are also required to take place at predetermined intervals, often once a year to ensure your scale is weighing correctly. To ensure sure that legal for trade truck scales are within tolerances, you should take part in a manufacturer recommended preventative maintenance program. Not only will these make sure your truck scale is within weighing tolerance, but scale technicians will also keep an eye out for any possible wear on your scale components.
3) What kinds of services should I look for with general scheduled maintenance, even if my scale is not Legal for trade?
Of course, scale calibration is important, but what about the other parts of your scale that make it function? Pay attention to possible problems with the weigh-bridge and foundation such as binding between deck and foundation. Make sure to have the approaches inspected for damage and check that the weigh bridge is not cracked. Be sure to have your provider inspect the load cells to ensure they are in good condition. Service technicians may need to lubricate mating surfaces or tighten mounting plates as needed. Cables and lightning grounding should be examined as well. The technicians should also examine the terminal to ensure there are no weighing error messages, check for appropriate weights and measures seals, and that the terminal is properly grounded.
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