Walz Truck Scales
America’s Industrial Scale System Solution
• Over 40 Years of Truck Scale Innovation •
For several decades, it has been the mission of Walz Scale to provide America’s trucking operations with dependable, durable, and financially responsible scale systems. This extends to all facets of industry — industrial, agricultural, construction, freight, and more. Walz boasts a scale inventory that accommodates everything from the smallest farm operation to the most massive mining companies. We’re dedicated to providing the absolute best in axle scales, portable and permanent scales, wheel weighers, and even rentals to all the workers who need them across the USA.
HOW TRUCK SCALE WEIGHING SYSTEMS WORK
Hundreds of thousands of people pass truck weighing stations throughout the country every day, completely unaware of their significance and the intricate moving parts that comprise these systems. Before we address how these scale systems work, it’s important to know why they exist in the first place! Most states require that trucks used for the transport of materials be routinely weighed for two reasons— firstly, states can collect taxes based on the weight of the load that trucks are carrying. Secondly, trucks need to be regularly and accurately weighed to make sure that they fall within the safety restrictions put in place in regards to what the road is designed to handle. In general, the safe weight limit for commercial trucks is around 17 tons or 34,000 pounds. This weight is calculated by determining the axle weight, or how much each axle is supporting, and the total gross weight of the truck.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRUCK SCALE SYSTEMS
When trucks are throwing around serious weight, like 17 tons, then the scales used to accurately measure the weight of these trucks need to be able to stand up to incredible abuse. To accommodate these needs, there are a few different scale systems that are used throughout the country.
LOAD-CELL TRUCK SCALES
Most of the time, this is the variety of scale systems that you see along America’s highways. This scale system is made up of cells made from steel, which has a device called a strain gauge embedded inside of it. This gauge is specially designed to register changes in its electrical current when weight is applied to the cell. These electrical variations are recorded and used to calculate the mass of the object that caused the variations.
These gauges come in two varieties— compression strain gauge and tension strain gauge. The difference between the two is that the compression gauge’s electrical signature is altered by how much the cell compresses by the weight applied to it, and tension gauges are affected by the change in shape to the cell when weight is applied.
BENDING PLATE TRUCK SCALE
This truck scale system is quite similar to the load cell system, with one major difference— the bending plate system uses metal plates with strain gauges rather than steel cells. These steel plates bend under the pressure applied by the truck’s weight, as the name implies, and that pressure is recorded by the strain gauges. The strain gauges record the pressure data and translate it into a mass required to produce that amount of pressure. On paper, it sounds quite simple! There are a lot of components to these scales, however, that may require attention from an expert team like the technicians at Walz Scales.
PIEZOELECTRIC TRUCK SCALE
Piezoelectricity is the word used to describe the process by which certain minerals can generate an electrical charge when they are subjected to mechanical stress. Truck scales can use piezoelectric sensors using this method to determine truck weight! When a truck is situated on a piezoelectric scale, the pressure applied changes the actual voltage being produced by the scale sensors. These voltage changes can be used to determine the weight of the truck.
WALZ SCALE CAN HANDLE ALL TRUCK SCALE NEEDS!
Regardless of if you need to weigh a dozen trucks on a given day, or several hundred, Walz Scale can be your number one resource for all things about truck scales! We’d like to invite you to browse our inventory of truck scales, ranging from small portable models for quick and easy weigh-ins, all the way up to our TS-HD Series Truck Scale that can measure over 72’ in length and 14’ in width! In addition to selling these incredible machines, we can service and calibrate your existing equipment. We also offer rental equipment for testing the weight reliability of your truck scales. Contact our expert team of scale technicians today, and we’ll be on our way to keep your business running smoothly.
WHAT MAKES WALZ SCALE A DEPENDABLE TRUCK SCALE MANUFACTURER?
For over 40 years, Walz Scale has been manufacturing, selling, renting, and installing quality truck scales. We’ve developed a high level of trust with our customers because of the craftsmanship, dependability, convenience, affordability, and ease of use with our truck scales. We certainly do not take our customer’s trust for granted! We’ve listened to the needs of our construction, agriculture, industrial and retail customers throughout the years, and have sought to continually deliver truck scale solutions that provide optimal accuracy at a price that won’t put them out of business.
We’d like to take this opportunity to show you just some of the ways that Walz Scale is, and continues to be, one of the country’s most trusted truck scale manufacturers. You don’t stay in business as long as we have by manufacturing products that don’t exceed expectations!
Quality of Design
Walz has designed and created several truck scales over the years, each of them an improvement on the last. We take into consideration the environments that we anticipate our scales to be used in; these can range from a commercial space or retail sales floor, all the way to a mining site or a sprawling farm in America’s heartland. All of our scales are designed to be able to withstand anything that you can throw at them. Our truck scales are also available in designs that best fit your application’s needs. If portability is important to you, we have several scale designs that are easily deployable while out in the field and can be moved by hand. If long-term dependability and high-usage are important, our permanent truck scales exceed industry standards and can accommodate even massive trucks over 100 feet in length! Durable steel and aluminum are used to manufacture our scales, which means that they can stand strong against anything your business can conjure up.
Any scale manufacturer can make a scale that simply functions, but “simply working” isn’t going to help streamline any processes or save you time and money. The available features that come with many of our truck scales are designed to help you decrease costs, minimize losses, and maximize profits. Walz has many truck scales that are capable of weighing both static truckloads, as well as loads that are in-motion, meaning you don’t even have to stop the truck to get an accurate weight data reading! Many of our scales have available features that allow for easy interfacing with other devices, such as printers, kiosks, smartphones, tablets, and more. Rest assured that more bells and whistles do not mean that these scales are more complicated — we’ve designed and manufactured all of our truck scales to be user-friendly and intuitive.
- Axle Scales
- Truck Scales
- Wheel Weighers
- Portable Truck Scales
- Portable Mining Scales
- Permanent Mining Scales
- Jack Stand Scales
- Software & Apps
- And more!
No matter what your application is, you can find a dependable truck scale from Walz that will help the productivity and bottom line of your business or enterprise. We’ve seen customers from agriculture, industry, commercial manufacturing, and retail all find success with our scale system solutions!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TRUCK SCALE
When your business is conducted by the pound or the kilogram, the accuracy and dependability of your truck scales are unbelievably important! A sub-standard scale system, or a system that isn’t right for the volume of the product created by your business, can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars in lost profits due to inaccurate weight data. This is why it is so important that you turn to a company like Walz Scale for your truck scale solutions! We’ve been in the scale business for decades, supplying durable, accurate, and dependable scale solutions to companies all over the country. Our primary goal is customer satisfaction in our scale systems, coupled with a line of products with a high standard of quality that we’re proud of.
Why Do You Need a Truck Scale in the First Place?
In addition to providing you with accurate weight data for all of the items or materials you transport, having a truck scale is just intensely practical for legal reasons. Most of the time, when a large amount of product is being transported by freight, those doing the transporting will charge you by the weight of your product. Trucking companies do this because the government places weight limits on several roadways to minimize damage to infrastructure. When that weight limit is exceeded, it can mean heavy fines. Of course, all of this can be avoided by ensuring that you aren’t overloading trucks because you have a dependable and accurate scale system in place! We can all agree that it’s best to avoid fines, which in the long run will increase the cost to your customers and harm your reputation.
THE BEST QUALITIES IN A TRUCK SCALE
When it comes to a quality scale system, we at Walz believe we have the competition beat in every aspect. Here are some of the qualities that we put into every scale system that we manufacture, and reasons that you can trust us with your business.
Ease of Operation
If the old adage is true that “time is money,” then you don’t want to spend the preponderance of your time fussing with a confusing scale system. Walz has ensured that all of our truck scale systems are intuitive and user-friendly, utilizing the latest scale technology. All of our truck scales include either a built-in digital display for easily readable data, or come with a scale terminal with a robust set of user-friendly functions. Many of our products have optional add-ons for additional ease and convenience, like WiFi connectivity, USB connections to PCs and laptops, ticket printers, and more. No matter what application you need a truck scale system for, Walz has a solution that will accommodate your needs.
Power and Size Requirements
Not every business needs the same truck scale for its everyday operations. Depending on the output that your application produces, you may need a more or less robust scale system to meet your demands. Walz provides several options, from smaller, portable truck scales and axle scales, all the way up to permanent and semi-permanent heavy-duty scales. Consider the needs of your company, about how much weight you expect each incoming or outgoing load to be, and make a decision based on those weight requirements. Some states also have regulations regarding the installation of permanent scales, so make sure that you’ve double-checked local policies regarding this sort of installation. Walz is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about these sorts of policies.
The Environment of Your Worksite
It’s safe to say that the type of truck scale you need will differ depending on the location or environment of your operations. Some scales are better suited for a warehouse-type environment, while others are built and designed to function with a high degree of accuracy in even the toughest of outdoor conditions. Walz has scales that work perfectly in a garage or motor pool, as well as scales that can be easily deployed in the field in minutes. Consider the physical toll your unique business requires from your scale system, and base your scale purchase on that information. Again, Walz is more than happy to provide suggestions based on the description of your operation.
As is the nature of all things, scales will eventually require some maintenance. Our scales arrive at your location pre-calibrated and ready to use, but when the time comes to ensure their accuracy with some regular maintenance, Walz has a team that is famous for prompt customer care. We’ll even perform maintenance on scales that aren’t ours! Our main priority is making sure that you have the scale system in place that makes your business the most successful, and we’ll go out of our way to make sure you’re taken care of.
Depending on the type of truck scale system you opt for, the installation process may vary. Our portable truck scales can be deployed and installed in a matter of minutes, while our permanent and semi-permanent models may vary in their installation time. Depending on what is right for your business, you can trust that Walz has an installation team that can be on-site to help.
Various regions around the country have different regulations when it comes to how the data from a truck scale system can be used. Research your local laws on weight standards, or contact the professionals at Walz and we can provide you with helpful insight on the legal side of scales. The last thing you want is to make an investment in a scale system and then run into some unnecessary legal roadblock.
The Importance & Benefits of Portable Truck Scales
Whether you own and operate a business that transports freight from point A to point B or you run a mining operation, the importance of having accurate and dependable truck scales is not to be overlooked. Every pound matters when the reliable weight of truckloads is the difference between making a profit or losing money.
In many cases, when trucks or haulers exceed legal limits for their freight loads, it’s possible that you can be heavily fined, not to mention the fact that you could be unnecessarily causing wear and tear to your vehicle fleet. A smart plan for any business that regularly deals with needing to weigh their trucks is to have a dependable and portable truck scale system in place, making it simpler than ever to manage your truck loads.
Portable Weighing Scale Advantages
Having a portable truck scale system from a company like Walz Scale has several advantages. When a truck is bearing a heavier load than it is safely designed to carry, it can become unreliable or even dangerous to operate, making steering and braking difficult. To reduce the risk of damage to your fleet or to your employees, a responsible company will ensure that their trucks are loaded within their designed capacity, allowing truck operators to perform their duties safely.
This is where portability becomes a huge advantage. When you’re able to easily deploy a scale system in the field, you can take advantage of that flexibility, even bringing the scales to the trucks, rather than risk transporting something in an unsafe manner. A system like this can prove to be absolutely invaluable to business owners, and with portable scales from Walz, you can rest assured that you’re getting the most accurate readings possible, every time. Walz has remained at the forefront of portable scale technology, and continues to deliver a superior product.
Portable Axle Scales
The main advantage to axle scales is their impressive flexibility. Walz Scale produces many axle scales of different sizes and weight capacities to fulfill the needs of practically any industry’s requirements. These scales feature a low profile, they are extremely accurate, and they are small enough to be easily moved by a single individual. Depending on how many scales you have in your operation, they can weigh axles individually or together. Additional features and benefits to portable axle scales include:
- Extreme ease of use and no special training required to operate
- Easily movable from one location to another
- Many come with overload protection features
- Their heavy-duty design ensures that they can stand up to even the harshest environments
- Easy to store
- Many models come with handy ramps to make weighing even easier
- Many Walz models include an easy-to-use operator interface separate from the scales themselves
Portable Wheel Weighers
Wheel weighers are another simple solution for companies that are in need of reliable and affordable portable vehicle weighing systems. Similar to axle scales, these portable wheel weighers feature a low profile design, and most also feature a dynamic, weigh-in-motion technology. As vehicles slowly pass over these scales, they are able to capture accurate weight data in real-time and display that information on an easy-to-read digital display. Other convenient features include:
- Extreme ease of use
- Lightweight aluminum construction makes these scales both lightweight and durable
- Despite being lightweight, these weighers can handle even very large trucks
- These models from Walz are resistant to water and can handle being used in rough, uneven terrain