Sunday, 15 May 2011

Truck scales

Whether you operate a public truck weighing facility or a private business scale, one thing remains the same - your need to provide drivers with around-the-clock scale access, but without paying for around-the-clock staff.

The Avery Weigh-Tronix AVS-7 provides drivers with full-automated 24/7 scale access. This access maximizes facility use and lowers costs, since a scale operator is not needed. It can be used as a standalone system for strictly unattended weighing situations, or in a staffed weigh station during off-hours as an added convenience to the drivers you serve

The AVS-7 consists of an automated control console – an advanced E1310 indicator and thermal printer inside a NEMA 4X enclosure. For more flexibility, options such as an ID card reader, QWERTY keyboard, vehicle detection and intercom can be added. The AVS-7 is one component of an integrated unattended truck scale system from Avery Weigh-Tronix

The BridgeMont BMS-SD incorporates all the same outstanding design features of the BridgeMont truck scales. This custom designed BridgeMont model is best suited for above-ground applications weighing an average of 75 or less trucks per day of legal highway loads. Under these conditions, the scale is designed to provide 20+ years of service. The BMS-SD is perfect for processing, general manufacturing and agricultural applications.

Structural Integrity

Avery Weigh-Tronix engineers utilized Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to verify the BMS-SD performance at 75 trucks per day over 20 years without degradation of the weighbridge or compromising the structural integrity of the scale. FEA verified the value of the sandwich steel construction design used by Avery Weigh-Tronix. The structural integrity of the BMS-SD is fortified with the use of bottom plates, a key to the strength of all models in the BridgeMont family.

Weigh Bar Dependability

Like all BridgeMont scales, the BMSSD utilizes the proven Weigh Bar weight sensors. The Weigh Bar has proven itself to be the most dependable and long lasting weight sensor in the industry. Annual Weigh Bar failure rate is less than 1% of the total population against an industry average of 3-5%.

Simplified Installation

The BMS-SD utilizes the same installation technique used in all BridgeMont truck scales. The design places the Weigh Bar weight sensors in the scale's deck. This provides stability and level positioning for the weight sensors without the need for difficult-to-install load cell stands and grout plates.

The use of 20- and 23- foot deck sections that are longer than the industry standard usually results in one less deck section than competitive scales of the same length. In addition to the cost savings of one less deck section and two less load cells, one less pier is required in the foundation which results in lower foundation cost.

Premium Products

For more than 30 years, we've been committed to providing our customers with the highest quality and innovation in both products and services. Avery Weigh-Tronix maintains ISO 9001 certification, assuring manufacturing consistency. The family of BridgeMont Truck Scales meets the requirements of the Scale Manufacturers Association as a legal-for-trade scale and proudly displays the Manufacturing Meets Type certification.

For more than two decades Avery Weigh-Tronix has built premium truck scales that have become the performance benchmark for ruggedness and performance in heavy use applications. Now Avery Weigh-Tronix has introduced a new class of truck scale, the BridgeMont. It is a scale for the majority of users, the people who require a scale they can count on, day in and day out.

BridgeMont designers asked new questions: How do you reduce the cost of truck scale ownership?

As they began the development of the new BridgeMont truck scale, Avery Weigh-Tronix designers recognized that their strength was building truck scales with long service life. Now they needed to ask, "How do we build the same quality into a scale for general use? How do we provide the product that gives long years of service without over building? What design choices do we make that will reduce the

cost of truck scale ownership?"

Bridgemont preserves the best elements of proven Avery Weigh-Tronix design BridgeMont installs anywhere. Depending on your state regulations, space requirements and environmental conditions, you can use it as a pit type scale, place it on a concrete slab, or simply set it on concrete piers. The heart of the BridgeMont Steel Truck Scale is the Weigh Bar weight sensor. Avery Weigh-Tronix machines Weigh Bars from high quality aircraft alloy steel bar stock. Each Weigh Bar goes through a three-step process of heat treating, quenching and then tempering. The process has two benefits. First, it increases the weight sensor's resistance to corrosion, and secondly, it enhances the performance of the Weigh Bar, ensuring its high degree of repeatability by minimizing hysteresis. The Weigh Bar has proven to be the most dependable and long lasting electronic weight sensor in the industry.

Structural integrity, the biggest variable in cost of ownership

Avery Weigh-Tronix designers employed a technology called Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to the design of the BridgeMont to substantially reduce the cost of the standard truck scale without sacrificing structural integrity. The FEA technology permitted Avery Weigh-Tronix engineers to create computer generated models of each proposed design. They measured critical stress factors on virtually every component of the scale.

As a result, they developed a new configuration for their proven sandwich steel deck that reduced the weight of the deck but maintained the strength.
Their test also reaffirmed the choice of sandwich steel construction. When they tested several designs that eliminate the bottom plate, they found that the bottom plate serves as a critical load stabilizer. Designs tested without bottom plates were subject to high fatigue stresses and premature failure when improperly loaded.
The second value the bottom plate adds to the BridgeMont is that it allows for a 100% seal weld of the deck structure. This lengthens the life of the scale, protecting it from exposure to moisture and early corrosion.

Simplified installation cuts cost

Another significant choice that Avery Weigh-Tronix designers made was to simplify the installation of the BridgeMont.
The traditional truck scale installation uses grout plates as bases for the stands that hold the load cells. Grout plates require precise positioning and must be perfectly level to ensure that all load cells are level. Anchor bolts, positioned in the foundation to tight tolerances, secure each grout plate.

In contrast, the BridgeMont positions its Weigh Bars in the deck sections instead of on stands which need to be perfectly level. It has no need for grout plates. Installers simply drill and insert anchor bolts at the time of installation. This saves hours of highly skilled, precision foundation preparation.

BridgeMont's 20- and 23-foot deck sections are longer than the industry standard. Therefore, the BridgeMont truck scale will often have one less deck section than a competitive scale of the same length. This results in a three-time savings. One less deck section saves the cost of load cells, cable and junction boxes. One less deck section speeds the installation process and simplifies calibration. One less deck eliminates one pier, lowering the cost of the foundation.

In addition, each deck section arrives with Weigh Bars already mounted in the deck. The cables are hard wired to the Weigh Bars (No connectors to corrode or fail from dampness). Protective conduit for the wiring and junction boxes are already in place.

BridgeMont Truck Scales- Another example of a better way from Avery Weigh-Tronix
BridgeMont Truck Scales capitalize on the strengths of a Weigh-Tronix twenty-five year tradition of building premium truck scales. In addition, they offer the unbeatable combination of structural integrity and cost effectiveness. Count on Avery Weigh-Tronix to find the better way.

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