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The Comprehensive Truck Scale Solutions of Payload Pros

Payload Pros is an industry-leading supplier of on-site payload weighing and analysis systems for multiple industries and applications. The wide range of products and solutions offered by Payload Pros include portable, fixed, and on-board truck scales, weighbridges, rail scales, and various other industrial and mining scales.

Payload Pros truck scalesThe parent company of Payload Pros is Walz Scale, which has been designing, developing and manufacturing weighing and measurement systems since 1966. As you can imagine, this has lead Payload Pros to carve an authoritative niche in mining and related industrial sectors.

Payload Pros uses its decades of experience to provide weighing and payload management systems that meet a variety of exacting requirements. Some customers, such as mining operations, farms, and public works need lightweight, portable, and easy-to-use truck scales for short-term applications. Others need highly durable and sustainable scales for high-volume use and harsh conditions with little downtime and limited calibration and scale repositioning needed. Payload Pros offers a full range of individually-tailored products based on customers’ needs.

Portable Weighing Scalesportable weigh scale for truck axle

Portable weighing scales are some of Payload Pros’ most popular products. These products are suited for many industries like agriculture, construction, waste management, and mining. Payload Pros’ portable weighing scales are designed to be packed into a convenient carrying case within minutes.

Although lightweight and compact, these portable scales deliver precise measurements and optimal versatility and can be used to weigh trucks and other heavy vehicles. The scales are made of a rugged aluminum and steel construction and come with a simple and intuitive user interface.

portable truck scales

Payload Pros also has a line of heavy-duty portable weighing scales. These are steel-deck scales designed for weighing either on-road or off-road vehicles. They are ideal for demolition, logging, sand and gravel, and other rugged operations that frequently move between job sites. The modules are factory assembled and easy to transport and set up.

Weighbridge Truck Scales

weighbridge truck scale The weighbridge truck scales offered by Payload Pros are designed to provide precise weight readings and reliability to calculate heavy-duty load weights accurately and efficiently. They are suitable for long-haul trucks, mining vehicles, and farm machinery. Payload Pros’ weighbridge scales use up to 30% more structural steel than most other commercial weighbridges, and have more I-beams to provide better tire support and weighing accuracy.

Payload Pros’ weighbridge scales have more durability features than most competitors’ models. All of its weighbridge truck scales have an open bottom design. This prevents moisture buildup and corrosion, and greatly extends improves the dependability and lifespans of its weighbridges. Payload Pros also applies highly durable spray-on coatings to the bottoms of all of its weighbridges to protect them from dirt and moisture.

Its weighbridge truck scales have unique self-checking tension mounting mechanisms that eliminate excess movement in the scale to provide better weighing accuracy. Their heavy duty load cells have been proven to provide reliable performance under extreme conditions. Furthermore, the open architecture design of Payload Pros’ weighbridges enables customers to obtain replacement parts from nearly any truck scale supplier in North America.

Portable Wheel Load Weighers

Payload Pros offers a full line of portable wheel load weighers. These range from simple and portable scale systems to robust, high-capacity wheel load weighers for heavy-duty applications. Its wheel load weighers come with lightweight, removable ramps, and can be equipped with operator terminals and integrated printers to print data and reports.

portable wheel weighers

Payload Pros offers two sets of wheel load weigher scales for specialized applications. The AXIM-Series in-motion wheel weighers are designed to collect accurate individual axle and gross vehicle weights while the vehicle is in motion. Meanwhile, the HDAW-Series of portable wheel load weighers are intended for weighing heavy vehicles, like oversize mining machines, in harsh conditions.

Truck Scales for Rent

Payload Pros recognizes that many customers do not need or cannot afford to invest in their own weighing equipment, and provides a wide range of cost-effective truck scale rental solutions. The company’s portable rental scales are like-new, fully calibrated and tested, certified for accuracy, and include durable metal construction and removable ramps for easy setup and takedown.

Payload Pro’s truck weigh scales for rent include the AXW 30T portable truck scale for vehicles of 30 tons or less, and the AXW-45T portable truck scales that can handle rugged and heavy-duty weighing duties for vehicles of up to 45 tons. The company can also provide other rental solutions upon request. service and support

On-site Payload Services

Payload Pros provides mining operations with a full range of payload management services. These include empty vehicle weight verification with extremely high accuracies, weighing of mining vehicles with payload carrying capacities up to 500 tons, and 3D volumetric load scanning to better manage payloads on trucks.

The company also provides a detailed set of reports that customers can use to better manage their payloads. These include empty and loaded vehicle weights, payload and tire weight analyses, and load volume analyses.

“Payload Scanner Speaks Volumes” by Industrial Weigh & Measure

“Payload Scanner Speaks Volumes” is a story from Industrial Weigh & Measure and was written by Dave M Mathieu. To see the original story, see page 8 at the May/June 2015 issue of the publication.

If you had a construction company that needed millions of yards of material for a project, what would be your biggest concern, besides a dependable source? If it’s to make sure you get what you paid for, then you would have the same concern as this Louisiana construction company.Walz Scale

So it wasn’t surprising that they invited Walz Scale of Peoria, Illinois to demonstrate its new load scanner to verify if indeed every loaded truck entering their site delivered the right volume of material. But what was surprising is what they uncovered within minutes of using the scanner.

A Revealing Demonstration

This large construction project required, over the course of the job, 8-million cubic yards of lime stabilized soil. Like many civil construction jobs, the material quantity is based on truck capacity. Since they know the capacity of each truck, they simply count a load as it enters the work site. But how accurate can that be?

Load Scan DemoAt $25 per cubic yard, management was looking for a way to track and manage the material coming on site. Since they needed a number of monitoring stations, truck scales were out of the question due to their initial costs, space requirements, variations in weight due to changing material density and traffic slow downs at the weighing sites. When they heard that Walz Scale was working on new technology that could verify actual material loads, reduce existing labor through unmanned stations, and optimize vehicle throughput, needless to say they were very interested.

“When we demonstrated this technology to them we found almost immediately that they were overpaying on average two cubic yards per vehicle,” said Matt Walz, vice president of Walz Scale. “We also discovered that the vehicles had carry-back issues, so they were actually paying for the same material multiple times.”

As a result of this demonstration, the company ordered six Walz Load Scanners on mobile trailers. Three of the scanners are located at the entrances of the construction site, and are used to verify incoming material deliveries. The other three scanners are used to monitor and automatically adjust for carry-back in the empty trucks leaving the site.All six scanners inter-communicate via the Payload Pro web-based cloud site.

“The empty scan is important because it allows them to generate a volume tare,” said Matt. “With this information, they tare out the carry-back, so they aren’t counting it anymore.”

Unmanned System

All of the trucks hauling material for this project are equipped with active RFID tags. As the truck enters the entrance lane the RFID automatically initiates the scanner, and a traffic light communicates with the driver as he enters. The scanner head is mounted on a tall pole above the vehicle, and as the truck moves below the scan head at speeds under 5-mph the laser scanner measures the load’s 3D profile. With this advanced technology, the company is able to have an unmanned scanning system.

Unmanned Load Scanner System

The system is capable of measuring to an accuracy of plus or minus one tenth of a cubic yard in perfect conditions. However, in more extreme environments such as at this construction site, it averages plus or minus three-tenths of a cubic yard.

Cloud-Based Data Management

Load Scanner OperationThe scanner system uses the Walz Payload Pro operating software, which incorporates patent-pending algorithms to interpret the data returned from the scanner to determine the actual amount of material within the truck bed. Then system is tied into the web-based cloud site for real-time data synchronization of load volume and graphical imagery. The job site’s management personnel monitor the scanners’ data at the central office, and if required, they can print, text or e-mail load tickets to each driver and/or supervisor. When needed, they can also monitor what is going on in real time from remote locations using the Internet connection from virtually any device.

There are a variety of reports available to this construction company through Payload Pro Cloud. The reports available include truck production, truck cycle times, stockpile and inventory, production and material, plus other report options as needed.

By taking advantage of this new technology from Walz Scale, this construction company is poised to save over $10,000,000 over the course of the project. Needless to say, this speaks volumes for this new volumetric load scanner technology.

How It All Started

Walz Scale had a coalmining customer that was using their scales but also wanted to know the volume of the load to determine real time material densities. Being a company that was known for helping its customers with measurement problems, Matt debated whether or not this was an area Walz Scale should enter. After considerable research, he found that there were a lot of industries that deal primarily in volume.

“You’d be surprised how many industries are concerned with volume and not weight,” said Matt. “When you look at such industries as mining, aggregate/rock, mulch, bio-mass, bio-fuel, agriculture, and construction, they’re in that world of volume.

Load Scanner Complete Unit

 

“Because the material in these industries fluctuate so much with moisture content, a fair way to do business is by volume,” Matt continues. “When you purchase aggregate after it rains, you’re paying for a lot of water. So this technology has potential to change how the aggregate industry operates. Also it is beneficial to the construction industry in determining how much material is moved from point A to point B. It’s not how many tons did I move, but how many cubic yards I moved.”

Those operating in this world of volume realize it is very unregulated. Matt believes this technology can actually help regulate it more. Since most producers don’t want to take advantage of the customer, they are embracing this technology because it helps them not to give product away while being fair to their customers. It’s a trustworthy tool for them since it makes doing business more transparent.

Developing New Technology

While everyone likes to read and hear about new and emerging technologies, most companies in today’s resource-strapped economy don’t have time and/or money required to really pursue innovative technologies for themselves. But Matt, his engineers and his father, Tom Walz, president of the company, did an up-front analysis and the decision was to make a commitment of time and money to create this new technology for measuring volume. But it was not an easy decision for them to step into another world of measurement. After all, the weighing business is the taproot of this third-generation family business.

Once the decision was made to pursue the creation of this new product, Matt and his team spent the next three years in intensive design and testing of a new payload scanner that would change the way in measuring volume of mass material loads.

Enter Walz Load Scanner

The scanner is available in both stationary and mobile models. The stationary unit is easy to install in minimal time. The mobile unit is a simple, compact unit mounted on a trailer that can be moved from site to site by a small vehicle. Both units are weather resistant and include internal heaters for operation in cold temperatures.

The laser scan head is able to scan loads with vehicles in motion to provide fast throughput without sacrificing accuracy. This allows the scanner to be unmanned as well as monitored from remote locations, which is easily done with its cloud based operating system. The Official Load Scanner System

The Payload Pro software provides provisions for interpreting data from the scanner and is easily expandable as future needs arise. The operating platform is able to provide many different types of reports including truck production, truck cycle times, stockpile and inventory, and individual material. It also provides hourly, shift, daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly production reports. The software is Cloud-based so users don’t have to purchase sophisticated computers to operate the system.

It’s a plug-and-play design that works on any type of computer, tablet or cell phone with Internet connection capability.

The opinion has often been expressed that no product has ever been introduced that was ahead of its time-advances are made upon demand. Today, you’ll get no argument from Matt on this point. It’s because Walz Scale works to create solutions to the unique challenges and opportunities faced by each of its customers that the Walz Load Scanner is a reality.

Matt made the point that their load scanner won’t replace scales by any means, but for specific industry applications it is a perfect solution, or another tool to add to existing truck and axle scales to capture material densities and load position analysis.

About Walz Scale

Walz Scale has been developing and supplying weighing and measuring solutions since 1965, with a focus on providing the very best customer support and development of customized solutions to meet their customers needs. Walz Scale develops and supplies a full range of solutions including Dynamic Volumetric Scanning, Dynamic Vehicle and Train Weighing, Dynamic Onboard Scale Systems plus much more. Learn more about the Walz Payload Scanner at the Website: WalzScale.com or contact Walz Scale directly at 1-800-747-0701, Dealer inquiries welcome.