Heavy-duty weighing systems and truck scales are crucial tools for weighing loads of mined materials and extracted resources and payload management. Onboard weighing systems come with different designs depending on the application requirements or weighing operations.
Any company that utilizes onboard weighing systems can leverage some benefits. Since the system is installed on the frame of the vehicle, these onboard weighing systems are convenient to use and take the measurements quickly while the mining trucks are in motion. The data collected is in a clear and precise manner thus the user’s’ record the exact weight carried.
Other onboard weighing systems monitor track fuel consumption hence making it easier to manage the track and get maximum benefits. The data collected by these onboard weigh systems is usually very precise; this is enhanced by the use latest technologies that make these load weight management systems optimally efficient for mining.
What Are Onboard Weighing Systems?
Onboard weighing scales are weighing systems integrated into the equipment, trucks, or vehicles and measure the weight of their loads without the need of external measuring systems. In trucks for example, they are installed seamlessly onto the trucks’ chassis with an interface placed in the driver’s cab.
How Do Onboard Weighing Systems Work?
They work using mounting sensors that are installed in-between the axle and chassis of the equipment, vehicles or trucks. In vehicles, the load sensor measures the spring deflection once the vehicle is loaded after which onboard measurements are instantly derived.
Using their hydraulics and pressure sensors, these weighing systems have the capability of calculating the load weight directly from trucks in motion. They work by monitoring changes in electrical resistance that is produced by the on-board weight.
This allows the drivers and operators to know the weight of the truck at any point thus providing the ultimate weight system for convenience and efficiency. In most systems, the measurements are displayed on an LCD screen with illuminated lights. This enables enhanced operational efficiency and data management.
Unique Applications of Onboard Systems for Mining
In addition haul trucks and other load-bearing vehicles common in the mining industry, onboard weighing systems can be integrated on a number of different applications. Below we discuss two of those applications: conveyor belt weighing systems and wheel loader scales.
Conveyor Belt Weighing Systems
These are suitable for dynamic weighing applications like mining operations. Multiple onboard weigh scale systems are monitored from one controller that minimizes errors and supervisory overheads.
The use of onboard conveyor belt weighing systems for mining continues to increase in the industry. This is attributed to the fact that mining firms are focusing on improving output and efficiency while minimizing their cost of operations. These scales also reduce the time wasted by trucks when they are weighed from a one weighing station or a single scale unit.
By the leveraging of onboard conveyor belt weighing systems, the mining firms can measure the payload weights in a shorter time. The conveyor belt scale system allows the weight measurement to be directly calculated on the actual conveyor belt without disruption of operations thus providing benefits like:
- High efficiency
- Increased output
- Reduced operational costs
- Dependable production data
Wheel Loader Scales
Wheel loader scales provide onboard weighing for advanced throughput, enhanced efficiency, and seamless use. A mining company that invests in onboard weighing systems for wheel loaders can leverage the following benefits:
- Low maintenance requirements
- In-motion weighing
- Precise results
- Wheel loader measurement systems are field serviceable
- Save time and reduce operation costs
The use of onboard weighing system helps mining companies to reduce overall operating costs, reduce their maintenance costs, increase operational effectiveness, increase the ROI for a truck fleet and increases production and maximizes the payload.