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How on-board weighing systems can increase productivity

One of the main issues facing businesses today is the possible overloading of trucks. With chain of responsibility laws, the correct loading of trucks is very important in avoiding expensive overloading fines, loading the truck to the correct capacity to optimise efficiency and to ensure trucks do not go out underloaded. Correct loading is important in making sure you run your business efficiently in today?s tight market place.
An on-board weighing system offered by Compuload can be used to measure the correct amount of material in either the front end loader or excavator bucket. Loading trucks correctly the first time can spare the operator unnecessary truck movement and the need to either refill or remove material once the truck gets to weighbridge.
Compuload weighing systems have been around since their inception in 1988 and now exceed sales of 5000 units. The Compuload 1000, 3000 and 4000 scales are fully made in Australia with regular software and feature upgrades to keep pace with technological progress and yet maintain the easy to use features required by operators and management. They are ideally suited to all front end loader and forklift weighing applications.
The Compuload 1000 is best known for its small, compact design for basic weighing applications. The Compuload 3000 Mk II can weigh in static or lift speed compensated mode and also has the ability to run the Compuload 4060 printer, allowing the operator to see individual bucket readings, together with weight totals.
The Compuload 4000 has all of the above features plus a few more for those operators and managers who require greater control of the weighing process. When used with the 4060 printer, there are three default settings on the Compuload 4000 that enables the operator to enter a customer?s name, the product being loaded and a truck registration number (all of which can be changed if required). 
The Compuload 4000 has a memory function that will allow the operator to store the weighing process data within the indicator for retrieval or printing at a later date, so there is no need to print each weighing process. The process can be further streamlined by adding a Compuload USB Downloader which is only compatible with the Compuload 4000. Operators can simply download the stored weighing data to a supplied flashdrive/USB stick which will format the data to open directly with Excel or other spreadsheet software programs. 
This will allow management to create a permanent record of the weighing data as well as use it to analyse further control operations.
The Compuload Load Manager is very cost-effective and accurate for truck scales. The system measures the axle weighs on air suspension trucks with mechanical front single or twin steers. There is also an option for parabolic suspension systems as well. With the weighing of trucks becoming a safety issue (to make sure loads are evenly distributed as per the truck manufacturer?s recommendations), the need to get separate axle weighs, gross and total payload weighs correct is very important. 
The compact single DIN and LED display can be easily mounted in a single DIN cut within the truck?s dashboard or can be custom-mounted on an overhead console if required.
In addition to Compuload, Atlas Weighing also offers 3B6 excavator scales, manufactured in Italy, which offer many of the same benefits as the Compuload 3000 and 4000 scales. The 3B6 I View scale offers the operator a full large colour screen; the same basic principles apply when getting the correct weight in the bucket. 
The excavator scales require two inputs, one from the boom and one from the stick, to get an accurate weigh reading while a front end loader scale only requires one input. It is advisable to calibrate an excavator scale on-site or have the ability to use the scale in actual digging mode on a pile to get the accurate calibrate of the scale.
Source: Atlas Weighing

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