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Is It Time to Replace Your Truck Scale?

Four Red Flags You Shouldn’t Ignore in Your Truck Scales

For any size business that depends on truck scale systems in their daily operations, the ability for those scales to deliver dependable, accurate data is of paramount importance. Keeping your truck scales up and running for as long as possible is key to getting the most out of your investment and reducing any possible downtime as a result of a faulty scale.

The occasion will arrive, however, when no matter how much maintenance you’ve put into a system, it will need to be replaced or upgraded. The passage of time and repeated use will eventually necessitate this change, but how do you know when the time is right? Walz Scale is here to provide you with these four vital warning signs that signal the right time to replace your truck scales. 

Signs of Rust and Corrosion

Even the most robust truck scale will eventually begin to experience some level of corrosion and rusting as the metal components oxidize and become weathered by the elements. The load cells that are built into your truck scales may also eventually come into contact with different chemicals or moisture and lead to the inner mechanisms breaking down. While some level of rust and corrosion is inevitable to a degree, if you’ve noticed that this deterioration has begun eating holes through your scale, it’s certainly time to purchase a replacement. 

Damage from “Shock Loading”

Most industrial and truck scales are designed to operate normally under even extremely heavy loads, and to be able to repeatedly handle this type of work. However, in instances where scales aren’t being appropriately operated and are suddenly and massively overloaded, your scale system may experience what is referred to as “shock loading.” 

When a scale experiences shock loading to a severe enough degree, even after zeroing out the scale, the output data could be significantly skewed. At this point, the data collected could be inaccurate to such a degree that a replacement is necessary.

Scale Readings Become Inconsistent

If you begin to notice discrepancies in weight data for items that are normally consistent, it may be time to investigate further into the functionality of your truck scale. This could be the first telltale sign that your scale is beginning to fail. 

A simple way to test this is to use an object of a standardized weight, such as a 20 lb dumbbell. Place it on the scale and check the reading. Remove the weight and make sure the readout returns to zero. Zero out the scale, and try it again. If the scale reads anything other than “20 lbs” consistently, your first step should be to contact a scale company to perform a calibration. If a calibration by a professional does not resolve the issue, then it is time to replace your truck scale.

Output Data is Unstable

In a similar fashion to truck scales displaying inconsistent data, some scales may begin to fluctuate while weighing loads. If this is happening, your scale is unstable, and there is almost certainly some degree of damage to your scale. In some cases, this sort of instability is due to moisture that has collected in the load cells or interior of your scale, affecting the sensitive instruments. These sorts of internal inconsistencies can be a sure sign that it’s time to shop for a replacement scale. 

Decades of Dependability in Truck Scales

For your everyday truck scale needs, you can trust Walz Scale to provide a quality product that will last. We have truck scales for any and all sizes of operations, many of which include robust features like networkability, cloud-reporting, iOS and Android app integration, and easy-to-use interfaces. When the time comes for you to upgrade or replace your truck scales, or you’re in the business to make your first truck scale system investment, contact the scale professionals at Walz! With distributors across the United States and globally, there is a scale solution that you can depend on near you