Volumetric Belt Scanners

The Benefits of Volumetric Scanning Technology

• Volumetric Conveyor Belt Scanning Explained

Volumetric conveyor belt scanning is a relatively new technology that, more and more, is being implemented into mining operations and other applications across the construction, agriculture and other industries. Scanning technology has started to become the norm for payload management systems across the industrial spectrum, and Walz has been at the forefront of developing this technology for widespread use and availability. You may be wondering “how does this volumetric belt scanning technology work, and is it accurate?” Rest assured that Walz is here to answer those questions and more!



Rather than utilizing a static scale system for measuring materials travelling down a conveyor belt, volumetric scanners measure load data using advanced 3D imaging software. This system can provide automatic volumetric calculations of material production from a simple, easy to install piece of equipment, and send that data directly to operators or job overseers. Walz Scale is very proud to be setting the industry standard for volumetric conveyor belt technology, and we’re confident that this innovative system will completely change the way that your mining or other application approaches material payload management acquisition.

How Volumetric Belt Scanning Technology Works

Volumetric belt scanners are able to capture load data on a moving conveyor belt in real time. All that is required for this action is for the scanning unit to be installed in conjunction with your belt system, and it will automatically record volumetric data. The data that is collected is used to quickly, reliably, and accurately capture volume data of any materials travelling along the belt.

Watch Volumetric Scanning In Action!

We would like to invite you to watch one of our volumetric scanner systems in operation! In this video, you can see how volumetric scanners work by capturing load data, even from a moving truck, and then are able to record and send that data directly to a connected PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Tickets can also be automatically generated for this data for ease and convenience.

The Benefits of Volumetric Belt Scanning

How can a volumetric load scanning system for you conveyor belts offer your application an advantage over traditional methods, such as belt scales? In many applications, scale systems still offer the practical functionality that you need, and we have no intention of stopping production on these time-proven weight data collections systems. In the last decade, however, volumetric scanning has become a much more viable alternative for several reasons. Here are a few reasons why opting for a volumetric scanning system could offer your business a competitive edge:

  • A conveyor belt volumetric scanner can operate dependably in any condition, regardless of weather, delivering reliable data with superior performance.
  • Because different variables, such as moisture content, compaction and uneven material loads aren’t affected by scanning technology, scanners are able to detect and record the most accurate weight by volume possible, surpassing the ability of traditional scale systems.
  • The speed at which volumetric scanners function is able to provide unequaled efficiency to your daily operations.
  • All of Walz volumetric scanning systems feature user-friendly interfaces, with operating systems that are simple and easy to navigate. Time-saving features also include cloud data sharing and connectivity to smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops. 
  • All of Walz’s scanners meet the durability standard that we’ve set for our products, meaning that they are designed to handle years of operation, even in harsh or rugged environments. 
  • 3D imaging technology can offer some valuable insights into the way that your conveyor belt loads are being distributed. These data points can help you to optimize the way that belts are loaded to avoid spillage and waste.
  • The in-motion capability of volumetric scanners mean that production never has to stop to get an accurate weight reading.

We’re firm believers that volumetric scanning technology for conveyor belts is an indispensable tool that you should be taking advantage of for your mining or other production operation. The ultimate goal of this system is to optimize your payload efficiency, reduce your overall costs, and increase your rate of productivity.

Weighing or Scanning: Which Is Better?

If volumetric scanning technology is so great, should you even bother with belt scale systems? The answer to that question lies in what works best for your business. We encourage you to find the weight system solution that fits your company best. Fortunately, our aim is to provide the best solution in both scanning and scale technology! If a scanner seems impractical for your business, or if you’re happy with the accuracy and data recording speed of your belt scale, we’re more than happy to provide you with the industry’s gold standard of scale solutions. Walz isn’t just in the business of selling weight systems, we sell solutions! Whichever solution speaks to you, we’ll ensure that your expectations are exceeded by our products. 

Conveyor Belt Scales are a Viable Option

No two businesses or mining operations are the same, and it’s possible that you may find that a scanning system just isn’t right for you. There are still several benefits to using traditional scale systems for your conveyor belt configurations. These benefits include: 

  • Traditional belt scales also offer in-motion weighing capabilities
  • Belt scales are highly efficient
  • Belt scales are much more convenient that in-ground scales for this type of operation
  • Enjoy increased throughput and productivity that is consistent with Walz’s high standards
  • Belt scales have low operating costs
  • By no means is the data collected from Walz belts scales insufficient or inaccurate
  • Belt scales will reliably operate in harsh environments and in inclement weather

Industry Leaders in Payload Management Systems

For over half a century, Walz has been manufacturing and developing weight measurement systems for all kinds of businesses. For each and every one of those years, we’ve pushed ourselves to be the gold-standard for the scale industry. Many people speculate that scanning technology will soon render scales obsolete, however we remain committed to providing all payload management solutions possible to our customers. It doesn’t matter if you need a scale or a scanner system, Walz Scale will certainly provide you with the best solution. We desire to be your one-stop-shop for all things pertaining to weight data management. 

Industrial, Construction, Agricultural and Mining Belt Scanner Systems

If a volumetric conveyor belt scanning system seems like the perfect fit for your business or production application, Walz has the product that will fit the bill perfectly. The WBS Walz Belt Scanner has a real-world accuracy of greater than 99%, can create graphical 3D load images, is fully capable of in-motion volumetric weight recording, features cloud-based reporting and can deliver that data in real time to your selected iOS or Android device.

WBS Walz Belt Scanner

We’re very proud of this scanner system that we developed. Additional features that make this belt scanning system your best solution include a built-in ticketing system, iOS and Android app integration, incredibly easy installation and operation, outdoor-rated hardware and steel construction, and an included 12-month subscription to the in-house software that the operations system uses to communicate.

This scanner also comes with an adjustable mounting bracket to accommodate various belt sizes. The system includes a built-in volume-to-weight conversion feature, belt position monitoring, belt speed monitoring, and requires zero calibration to get started. You’ll save hundreds of dollars by needing to provide almost no maintenance to this scanner system.

Trust Walz Scale for All of Your Weight System Solutions

Since Walz began manufacturing weight data management systems decades ago, we’ve always had an ambition to be at the forefront of innovation. The name of Walz has been synonymous with quality scales for years, and we believe that we continue to deliver that high standard of dependability in all of our endeavors, including volumetric conveyor belt scanning technology. We’ve seen that scanning is fast becoming the trend and the industry norm, and we would love to be able to have the opportunity to talk about how our systems can benefit your current operations. Contact one of our volumetric scanning experts at Walz and they can further discuss all of the possibilities and advantages you can expect when you adopt this scanning technology. Make the most out of your available systems with the power of a brand that you can trust: Walz Scales.


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