Big purchases can take a lot of energy; there are a lot of factors to consider and you want to get it right. We expedite the selection process and make sure the best solution is installed and maintained properly. We provide truck scales for most applications up to 800-ton capacities, comprehensive service, and start-to-finish project management.
Choosing a Manufacturer
Despite the number of manufacturers out there, we only recommend two for the west coast with a few exceptions for specialty applications. It’s our opinion that scales by other manufacturers (namely the larger brands) are too burdened with overhead and features which are only included for perceived value.
Rugged & Simple
Recommended for most applications without special requirements
Standard 3/8″, American Steel
Analog Load Cells
Rockwell Scales are overbuilt by design and use analog load cells. This means they’re extremely durable, are easy to operate, and are easy to repair and maintain. And coming out of Montana, the shipping is often several thousand dollars cheaper than other offerings.
American steel is less prone to production & source variations which can be responsible for pores in plates and low carbon levels.
Analog load cells last longer than digital and require less maintenance because they’re less complicated and don’t rely on a pin-and-cup design (the edges of pins get rounded off by the cup over time). (The drawback to analog cells is that, like Christmas lights, when one goes out we can’t identify it except by trial and error.)
Rockwell’s paint, rails, safety markers, and materials are all customizable and we can interface different controllers and displays. Another benefit is their textured surfaces (also customizable.) These allow much more reliable grip, whereas the conventional diamond pattern is less than great in the rain.
Rockwell makes full-length scales, axle scales, low-profile, and portable truck scales. They’re used in many industries including weight verification, traffic light scales, and aggregates.
Cardinal is a quality manufacturer that offers more product and technology variations than any other (most scales do come in a 3/8” option). As such, there are too many variations to list, but they include wireless data, in-motion weighing, RFID & IoT integration, and analog, digital, and hydraulic load cells.
Digital load cells are able to transmit more data than just weight, such as cell health.
Hydraulic load cells, for all intents and purposes, are indestructible and come with true lifetime warranties.
Cardinal Scales are almost endlessly customizable save textured surfaces. They’re used in every industry including weight enforcement and aggregates.
Many factors will interact to determine which option is best. Just fill out the form to the best of your ability and we’ll help identify the right ones.
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