How On-Board Truck Scales Work: Benefits, Advantages, The Whole Nine Yards

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Trucks that haul large loads need to make sure that they know the weight of each truck load.  

It is important that whichever system used should be efficient and very accurate.  On-board truck scales are among the very best systems used to determine load weights today.  They are versatile and efficient, and can be used on a large variety of trucks.  They make it easy for you to assess and record those very important metrics which may raise your profits.

Features You Can Expect To Find On Truck Scales

There are many advantages that you can enjoy and profit by. Listed below are some of the most important ones:They are very simple and easy to operate for most anyone.They work on a wide variety of loaders, haul trucks, earth movers and excavators.Accurately determines the weight of the goods you load on itSaves time by making weighing and loading a truck much fasterWith these scales, you are able to prevent any under-loading as well as overloading which may incur charges or fines.The weight is displayed clearly on a digital indicatorYou get to know the exact payload production value as you are in motion

Elements of On-board Truck Scales

PSI Gauges – This is an air suspension gauge that accurately measures how much your truck weighs.  These truck scales are used mainly in farming for feed, grain, hot businesses, and the weight is displayed using a standard PSI.Analogue Weighing – This system works on an air suspension of any kind and is used to weigh the cargo in kilograms.Load Cells – These use an air transducer that measures weight by changing power into an electric yield that can be quantified.  Suspension freight trucks are the ones that use it.  The cells are able to pick up the descending power through tension, pressure, and bowing.Wireless Operations – This digital wireless monitoring device is remote-operated and gives accurate weight measurements for every kind of air suspension.  Once the truck has reached its maximum capacity, it gives off an alert.

How the Truck Scales Work

The readout display is mounted in the cab of the truck so that the operator sees the load weight.  Using an electronic burden cell that applies strain gauge technology, it is connected to the overall scale system of the truck.  The maintenance is minimal because the cell is usually temperature repaid.  Because they are wired through the ignition of the truck, the on-board truck scales come on whenever the truck is turned on. 

They Save Both Your Time and Money 

With truck scales on board, you will be able to save both your time and money. You save a lot of your time as you can simply weigh as you load.  Since the cost of diesel is increasing, this is an efficient way to manage your fuel costs with the increased efficiency. Truck scales ensure that you are neither overloaded nor under loaded hence saving fuel costs, avoiding overloading penalties and increasing the lifespans of your trucks.  It is an accurate and reliable way of making sure you make the most revenue.

Better Efficiency 

You can be sure that with these scales on board, you will be able to get maximum capacity without overloading your trucks. Since you are able to track the weight loads, you optimize the efficiency of your various operations, weighing systems and trucks.


The load cells are sensors that are placed between the body and the chassis of the vehicle.  With the weight passed through them, you are able to get very accurate weights up to 0.5% accuracy.


Operating these scales is very simple for most anyone because the wiring has been done through the ignition of the truck.  Once your truck is switched on, the scales become active and the weight is automatically displayed on the screen.  You don’t have to worry about pressing the wrong buttons.  

No Downtime 

If you have downtime, the costs you incur could go through the roof real quick.  With these scales, downtime is a thing of the past because the cabling is minimal and there is no junction box that could fail due to moisture.

Digital Display

On-board truck scales that have a digital display have become very popular today. This display remains on as long as the truck is on.  Set points are simply set ahead of time so that in the event that the truck is overloaded they can show the operator.  This is completely tamper-proof.  The first two set points will give an indicator of red lights while the final one will make a buzzing sound that will not quit until the extra load has been removed.

Weight is everything in the trucking business. The on-board truck scales ensure that your truck legally runs at its optimum capacity and you in turn enjoy maximum efficiency and profits.

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill heads up the marketing efforts and provides technical expertise to the sales and service teams at Quality Scales Unlimited in Byron, California. He enjoys everything mechanical and electronic, computers, the internet and spending time with family.

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