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“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.

Load Scanner System Replaces Costly Truck Scale Units

Load scanner technology has become a vital asset for various companies that need to calculate the weight of large loads being transported via trucks and equipment. Walz Scale introduced one of the most advanced load scanner systems that’s designed to generate, monitor, and report data and 3D images from scanned truck beds as they pass through the scanner.

Unlike expensive truck scale units that are external systems that trucks must pass over to determine load weight, the load scanner from Walz offers a more seamless and cost-efficient alternative. The laser scanning technology calculates both load volume and weight, providing advanced data for various industry applications ranging from agricultural production to mining.

The load scanner uses the latest laser sensor technology and software programs for effective payload management. This enables real time management and tracking of load positioning and distribution, as well as weight calculations for load valuation and determining prices. The following are details about features and advantages of this load scanner compared to truck scales. Or to learn more about the load scanner system, visit LoadScanner.com, the official website of the Walz load scanner.

Features of the Walz Load Scanner System

Walz load scanner system offers a wide range of features that are designed to suit companies with high volume weighing operations that thrive with fast throughput. By using the automated system, operators are able to monitor the load capacity of hauled materials in real time, as well as determine volume and weight measurements of truck loads while they’re in motion. The truck load volume scanner system scans empty trucks first for calibration purposes, and when they are loaded, it calculates the exact load capacity.

The load scanner system includes fully configured components and software capabilities that include the Payload Pro operating system. The scanner’s components include the load scanner head (which contains the laser system that performs the scanning process), the system’s mount or foundation, and an instruction guide of operation and installation of the system.

The advanced laser technology used in the load scanner uses laser light scanning capabilities to accurately determine load volume being carried in truck beds of vehicles. The volumetric load calculations help to ensure each truck is realizing its full capacity potential for optimal throughput. This feature is designed to optimize the payload management processes for various industries that deal with load measurement, such as transportation, farming, construction, waste management, mining, and many others.

Advantages of Walz Load Scanner

The Walz Load Scanner system delivers a wealth of advantages, many of which are outlined below.

  • The load scanner is affordable – not only is the system itself far less expensive then other load management systems, but the installation of truck scales costs nearly double the amount incurred to install the load scanner system. Also, repair, calibration and maintenance costs are relatively cheaper compared to truck scales.
  • Accurate measurements – The Walz load scanner provides accurate and reliable volume and weight measurements in a quick and systematic process. It eliminates traditional approach used in truck scales which are more or less of guess work and are inaccurate and unreliable.
  • Durable and flexible load scanner – Walz load scanner is made to operate perfectly well and endure many years of rugged conditions. For instance, a mining company can be able to install the Walz scanner in various locations such as haul roads, designated scanning sites or just anywhere that will best suit the miner’s requirements.
  • The load scanner is efficient – As soon you install the load scanner technology, you will be able to obtain and weigh your payload immediately. The software allows you to access data remotely through the Payload Pro software platform.
  • Dependable and reliable – Even in the most harsh and remote conditions, you can comfortably depend Walz load scanner to deliver performance of high accuracy. It is important to note that the user has the option to permanently mount the system or chose the portable configuration.

If you are in need of an accurate, affordable and reliable way to manage or optimize your operation’s load management process, discover the Walz load scanner system. To learn more, visit WalzScale.com.

On Board Truck Scales: Minimize Weighing Equipment & Optimize Efficiency

On board truck scales are revolutionary means to weigh truck loads. But what separates these on board scales from other more conventional truck scales is there ability to weigh loads directly from the truck – no external scale required.

This is lead to an increased demand for on board truck scales, and in many different markets and industries. From mining to logistics, the need for on-board truck scales has lead to advancements and optimized efficiency in more ways than one.

On Board Truck Scales

What are you trying to weigh in your truck? Are you trying to transport fine goods to a retail location or gather items for mining and transport it to a particular spot? You can easily find all sorts of options with on board truck scales for your vehicle. You might find that these unique on board scales are more efficient than what you’d get elsewhere.

How Do On Board Truck Scales Function?

The functionality features of on board truck scales make them ideal for a variety of weighing needs whether it’s for general trucking mining transportation or waste removal. These units work well by linking to an ignition switch so it will be active when the truck starts up. This is then linked to many load sensors scattered around the body of the truck. These are arranged and then calibrated to ensure that an accurate readout can come about when items are loaded. On Board Truck Scale Read Out

The scale will read the weight contents of the bed in read time. In particular, it will analyze the pressure that comes onto the load cells based on what is being added. This can work for thousands of pounds of weight.

In addition, an on board truck scale may come with a buzzer or other alert. This can go off when it gets close to a pre-set weight limit that the user can program into the unit. You can see some of the various applications of on board truck scales by visiting Walz On board a division of Walz Scale that’s dedicated specifically to on board truck scales for various needs.

Easy to Handle and Operate

This is very easy to handle when compared to what you’d use elsewhere. This unit works with simple cells that are easy to install and maintain. In addition, this does not require any extremely heavy or bulky large truck scale systems. These larger systems tend to be rather hard to move around. A much smaller system will be easier for anyone to work with as required.

One of most highly sought supplements to these on board truck scales is load scanners. Designed to scan and generate a 3D image of a truck load’s volume and contents, you load scanners are highly effective in helping with the payload management process. You can learn more about these volume load scanner systems by visiting LoadScanner.com.

Highly Cost Effective Scale Systems Load Scanner

The fact that these on board scales require fewer bulky and large parts makes them ideal to have in any situation. It can cost a few hundred dollars or even a thousand dollars to get such a scale system ready for use. This is very different from much larger exterior scales that can cost three thousand dollars or more in value. The ability to get a great scale to work for your needs will make for a solution that you know will not be all that hard for you to benefit from.

In addition, the on board option is very effective as you will have a very easy time adjusting and calibrating it in accordance with the specific requirements you might have. This will provide you with a much easier to manage system than what you might expect to find elsewhere. You don’t have to worry about an outside scale being inaccurate or improperly calibrated when you use this option.

If you really have a need for something that you can use when measuring the weights on your truck then you need to take a careful look at on board truck scales at WalzScale.com. These are easy to use and are much more affordable than other traditional scales. You’ll especially be happy about getting results in real time while your truck is being loaded or is in motion.