Category Archives: Green

Going Green and Solar Power

Solar Powered Truck Scale
Solar Powered Truck Scale

Going Green is a big concept for many people at home but most do not think about it on the business level. There are many business that are taking the bold step towards going green and we here at Carolina Scales would like to assist. One approach towards going green is by use of solar power. Solar power can actually be more convenient for customers who have scales in remote locations on their property. Weighing kiosks can be fully powered with solar energy by use of solar panels.
The solar powered unattended weighing kiosk has brought a great revolution in unmanned truck scale efficiency and streamlined data integration. The kiosk, which can be locked, is weather proof and is fitted with an optional rain hood/sun deflector. The kiosk can be mounted on a pole or a wall, and the articulating arm is used to pull the kiosk towards the driver while weighing and retracted away when not used.
The customers are provided with a variety of components to choose from when purchasing the Kiosk. This includes the proximity badge reader (AWID and HID), high-speed thermal cutbar tape printer, rain hood and touch screen LCD. The solar power kiosk enables the weighing operations to be controlled independently.
Another important feature of this kiosk is that it does not require the driver to get out of the truck while weighing. This reduces the risk of walking across lanes and platforms and also speeds up the weighing process. For the purpose of seamless integration, the kiosk connected to the WinVRS (Vehicle Recording System) through Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet. This also helps to generate reports of the transactions.

Keeping Biomass Facilities Efficient and Safe

Biomass ready for transport
Biomass ready for transport.

Rarely will you find a scale installation or application that can be set up right out of the box, so to speak. Carolina is in the business of scales, so we’re in the business of custom constructions and configurations, and a recent job for a leading biomass company located in Georgia allowed us to show the range of our capabilities. Biomass is simply organic material that can be converted into energy or another form of biofuel. It can consist of anything from tree stumps to mulch to yard clippings, and more. Once a niche energy source, the growth of biomass and biofuel has led to the construction of several new facilities in the South.

This project required two inbound and two outbound truck scales, as well as a fully unattended kiosk for check-ins and check-outs. The unattended kiosk has quickly become nearly a standard feature for loading and unloading zones, allowing for better vehicle flow, higher accuracy, and easier reporting. As full-service experts in scales and weighing systems, Carolina Scales was able to develop and install this fully integrated system in conjunction with the truck scales themselves. We also included a dedicated scaling software for use with the facility owner’s maintenance system.

From concept through to installation, this project took us about 6 weeks, enabling the biomass plant to increase their capacity in the service of cleaner energy. For more information on our line of scales, visit our site today: www.carolinascales.com.

Weighing Devices Go Green: Solar Powered Scales

If you haven’t heard, Carolina Scales proudly introduced our solar powered scales for the marketplace.  These new scales are powered by the sun and help reduce costs and the amount of power needed to operate scales in remote locations.

With the introduction of these solar powered scales, we wanted to give additional options for our customers of remote portable Truck Scales.  The power generated by the solar panels is used to run printers, weight displays and scales of all types, giving the end user the ultimate in flexibility.

As well, Carolina Scales can custom design and build a solar powered scale system to fit any need that or customers may have.  Imagine the possibilities, everything from a remote scale in the mountains of West Virginia near a coal mining operation or a scrap metal operator in Tucson that wants to use the power of the Arizona sun to reduce his expenses.

Carolina Scales’ solar powered systems start about $1,000.00 and increase in price based on your particular power and application needs. Please contact us with any of your requests.