In many industries such as mining and agriculture, it is extremely important to weigh the quantity of material being transported by a haul truck. This has traditionally been achieved using conventional truck scales, which are either fix weighbridges or portable axles scales and wheel weigher systems.
In most mining operations, the loaded truck has to be driven up to the weighing site for the measurements to be taken. Unfortunately, these traditional truck scales are often cumbersome, expensive, and time consuming. This limits the weighing throughput of mining operators, and thus the overall efficiency and profitability of the weighing operation.
One form of technology that could offer the best alternative to truck scales is the load volume scanner.
What is a Load Volume Scanner?
This is a high-end volumetric laser scanner technology that generates 3D map imagery of the material that is contained in a loaded truck. This is then used in calculating the payload weight. This option is much more cost-effective and efficient than the conventional weighing method.
How the Load Volume Scanner Works
The 3D load volume scanner system uses a unique laser scanning device that is located on a pole which is connected to a base. The loaded truck then drives beneath the laser detector, which helps to scan the load. The data is thereafter rendered into a three-dimensional volumetric image, which shows the spatial distribution of all the materials in the truck. Ideally, the system normally works by comparing the scans of a loaded truck to the corresponding empty vehicle scans.
Moreover, the system is integrated with a software that is programmed to use the information in order to perform calculations that can be used to identify the payload weight. It can may also be integrated with an RFID to automate the operation.
Benefits of Using the 3D Load Volume Scanner
1. Affordable Payload Management System
This truck load volume scanner is a cost-effective payload management solution when compared to other systems. For instance, the installation of the system is less costly. Moreover, the system requires very minimal maintenance, which helps to reduce costly repair and calibration costs.
2. Accurate Load Scanning Calculations
In operations like mining, where the cubic volume of the load is the target metric, all the measurements produced by the load volume scanner are more reliable. The scanner provides more accurate volume calculations as well as 3D load images for each vehicle. It eliminated all the uncertainties due to load variations, moisture content or compaction. Moreover, the individual load tickets can easily be emailed or printed and the data stored or managed from a web-based cloud account.
3. Optimized Efficiency and Throughput
The good thing about this system is that it can be installed on the site and start operating on the same day. Upon becoming operational, calculations are normally made in seconds, which reduces the time that truck drivers would spend on the queue while waiting for the load to be weight. Moreover, the data can remotely be accessed in real-time using very advanced software solutions. In addition, the operators can easily access and manage the data from different types of mobile and computer devices.
4. Easier Installation and Operation
A load volume scanner is incredibly easier to install as well as operate. The unit can be powered by either solar energy or batteries depending on the model. Note that operating the system does not require any specialized training or knowledge. This means that almost anyone can learn how to use it.
5. It is Dependable and Reliable
The scanner can perform dependably and reliably in the most remote environments or extreme conditions. Based on the frequency of use, this scanner can go for several years without any need for scheduled servicing or re-calibration. Moreover, it is specially engineered to reduce the operation error.
With all these benefits, load volume scanners are slowly taking over as the most preferred weighing option in operations where the cubic volume is required. With wide scale adoption of load volume scanners, the end of conventional truck scales for mining and various other industries.