Scaling up

A guide to the various types of scales used in recycling.

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October 14, 2016
Kevin Hill
Equipment & Products

In the recycling industry, accurate weighing of materials is crucial. For buyers and sellers of material, the recycling industry revolves around weight of recycled materials. In essence, precise weighing in the recycling process guarantees that no one loses. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, using highly specialized truck scales will help you to optimize your profits.

While truck scales are the workhorses of the recycling industry, processors and generators may be interested in employing additional scales in their operations.

Weighing scale variety

Scales are an integral part of the recycling process. If you are in the waste and recyclables collection business, modern scales help in billing accuracy. When looking for the best weigh scales for recyclables, consider the loads you are going to handle. More importantly, check the durability of the materials used to construct the scale.

Here are some of the common weighing scales in the market today:

  1. Truck scales and weighbridges

    These vehicle and axle scales are the most popular options in the recycling industry. The scale registers the truck’s tare weight and load weights. This equipment is crucial in your operations because it ensures proper load weights and also averts hefty fines from regulatory authorities. Modern weigh scales also feature video footage and RFID (radio frequency identification) to monitor traffic in and out of your facility. If you have an unattended terminal, the scale can be integrated into a standalone console that allows for unattended weighing. This enables 24/7 weighing operations. 

  2. Forklift scales

    If you are handling bundled and palletized recyclables, a forklift scale comes in handy. This versatile tool can allow faster handling and weighing of recyclables en route. Modern forklift scales also are fitted with advanced technology to register real-time data for the specific load, and the information is instantly shared with a computer system for further processing. A forklift scale is flexible and also compatible with pulp clamps, bale clamps and fork clamps, thus making the weight handling process seamless.

  3. On-board weighing systems

    If you are looking for the most convenient weighing options for your recycling products, you need to invest in on-board weighing systems. This equipment allows for easy weighing during loading, and the digital sensors on the vehicle’s suspension send the data directly to the cab. Different systems are available based on the type of suspension on your trucks.

  4. Rail scales

    These are multipurpose weighing scales that can be used for in-motion and static weighing. You can integrate RFID tags for detailed data collection. They provide total van weight, but you can optimize operations by setting the unit in such a way that readings can be displayed for individual wheels and axles.

  5. Digital weight indicators

    This is the display on which the weight of the recyclables is displayed. It is an invaluable part of the weighing system because it collects, stores and displays data. The indicator also sends the data to the back office system. This is an important part of the process because it ensures more effective load information management. The indicator also can be linked to a printer or other computers in the office.

  6. Floor scales and bench scales

These are heavy-duty equipment that can either be used for light or heavy load weighing. They are sturdy enough to withstand heavy-duty forklift weights. Lighter weights are placed on the scale using a forklift. Floor scales are remarkable in terms of accuracy.

Bench scales on the other hand are designed to maximize the use of available space and can easily withstand a harsh recycling environment.

Leveraging the reliability of truck scales

Truck scales are an important tool in the recycling business. Here are some benefits of employing this equipment in your operations:

  • versatility – These weighing scales can function accurately in different environments based on your unique needs.
  • high performance – The recycling process takes place in a harsh environment. However, these truck scales are designed to withstand adverse environmental conditions and provide optimal performance all through the year.
  • convenience – If you have an unattended terminal, weighing scales can save you a lot of time and money. By integrating the right technology, drivers will not have to disembark to operate the weighing system.

Truck scales help optimize your company’s operations. They are sturdy and weather resistant and they will have a positive effect on your bottom line. These scales save you money and improve the billing process. What’s more, the information collected is important in making crucial business decisions.

Kevin Hill heads up marketing efforts and provides technical expertise to the sales and service teams at Quality Scales Unlimited in Byron, California.