Category Archives: Truck Scales

Every Ounce Counts

Carolina Scales

When you need accuracy, Carolina Scales believes that “Every Ounce Counts” and we’re here for all your weighing needs. Whether your business carries you outside on the road or keeps you in a laboratory, measuring can mean the difference between the right solution and the appropriate load. Carolina Scales can offer a solution for your business no matter what the application. Our experience in the weighing industry has earned us respect from other scale companies and loyalty from our customers.

Carolina Scales offers balances, crane scales, conveyor scales, medical scales, weight indicators, wheel loaders and even truck or rail scales. In addition to providing scales for any industry. We even offer software and traceability systems in conjunction with our scales. This software can be custom built for your needs at your facility.

Using the correct weighting equipment for your industry not only streamlines your workload but offers accuracy when it counts the most. Carolina Scales can offer your industry what it needs to be a step above the competition and provide certified scales to safeguard your business against any legal for trade issues that may arise.

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.

Top 5 Stories Happening in the Trucking Industry You Can’t Miss

As a nation, we rely on the trucking industry for so many different things. The industry is constantly changing to adapt to the needs of our population, technology, the economy, and employment fluctuations. There are currently five major news pieces that are being explored; they include: the lack of drivers in the trucking industry, how the trucking industry propels our economy, investing in the trucking industry, the future of the trucking industry, and taxes for truckers.

There Aren’t Enough Truck Drivers

There is currently a lack of available drivers for the trucking industry. Customers all over the country have millions and millions of goods to deliver every day and rely on truckers to get their products from point A to point B. unfortunately, trucker pay have not adjusted with inflation. According to the NY Times, tractor-trailer drivers made less in 2013 than they did ten years ago. The American Trucking Association reported that there is a shortage of about 30,000 qualified drivers, which could increase to over 200,000 in the next ten years. This could really impact our nation’s delivery business and cause prices to increase.

The Trucking Industry Impacts Our Economy

According to American Trucking Trends, trucks moved 69.1 percent of all domestic freight tonnage in 2013, up from 68.5 percent in 2012. Additionally, the trucking industry paid over $37 billion in state and federal highway use fees. The robust trucking industry is also seeing changes due to technology that allows trucks to use less fuel, increased safety features, and save costs and time for the entire supply chain. Forbes reports that the industry as a whole is operating at or near capacity, illustrating how our country can rebound from recent tough economic times.

Investing in the Trucking Industry

The trucking industry is incredibly diverse and constantly changing. Freight trucking and truck manufacturing both play important roles in the final delivery of products that we constantly rely on. Investing in trucking companies and the components and services that allow trucks to operate is vital to the future of the industry. For example, diesel engines are primarily used in heavy vehicles like trucks. Additionally, trucking’s share in total freight tonnage will likely increase by 71.5 percent by 2025, which is why investing in trucking components, employees, and the overall business is incredibly important.

The Future of the Trucking Industry

As our country continues to rely on tractor-trailer truck drivers to transport and deliver our products across the country, it’s important to be familiar with the industry’s outlook.  Choosing to work as a long-haul truck driver is a major decision because truckers are usually away from their home for days or weeks at a time, making time for family and friends difficult. A high school diploma and professional trucking driver education is usually required, along with a commercial driver’s license.  Additionally, the job outlook is good. The industry is project to grow 11 percent between 2012 and 2022.

Taxes for Truckers

Recently, the IRS has reminded truck drivers and owners of heavy vehicles that their federal highway use tax is due at the beginning of September. This tax covers vehicles used on highways with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more, usually including trucks and buses.

As the trucking industry continues to change and grow along with our economy, it’s important to remember how much we rely on truckers and their vehicles. Our changing population’s needs and demands are sure to impact the trucking industry in the future and increase our country’s need for more truckers.

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Winter Trucking Safety Tips

It is almost an understatement to say it has been a horrible winter across the U.S. for 2013 and 2014. Cities from coast to coast have set (or come close to breaking) snowfall total records, and even though we’re in the southeastern part of the country, we’ve been feeling its effects.

On top of record snowfall numbers, low temperatures and wicked ice storms have left many major roads blocked and damaged for long stretches—and the trucking industry that has taken a direct hit due to the weather.

Tonnage rates dropped 4.3 percent and accident rates have risen, so what can the average trucker do to remain safe during the dangerous winter months? There are a number of different ways to stay safe and productive, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

  • Don’t play it by ear! Map an exact route before you start your drive.
  • Check weather reports in advance. With so many weather website available, it will help you do you best to avoid extreme weather conditions.
  • Clear all the ice and snow from your truck.
  • Lower speeds and give a larger space cushion to other vehicles.
  • Watch for black ice—if the spray from trucks in front of you stops, then black ice is more than likely around.
  • Fasten your safety belts at all times.

Because our scales play a large role in the trucking industry, we wanted to reiterate the importance of safety, and while there are many other tips from the ATA to checkout, you can start with these, and hopefully your winters will be filled with on-time and safe trips and deliveries.

Rent Our Industrial Weighing and Measuring Equipment

The end of 2013 is quickly approaching. As we get ready to flip our calendars over to the new year, many of our customers are taking the steps to wrap up loose ends, including looking back at the past 12 months before progressing on to the next. One of the biggest parts of the business centers on taking year-end inventory, and Carolina Scales is here to help.

Our products vary from standard bench and floor scales to portable vehicle and hanging scales, and we’re happy to offer a variety of equipment to suit our customers’ buying needs—but many might not realize they also have the option to rent. Right now, companies need the ability to use counting scales for hours, days, or weeks as they take their inventory but don’t have the need or capability to house these year-round, so renting our equipment for a short time is suitable. (In addition, we also offer rentals to people who need to weigh trucks before their cross-country treks year-round.)

Some clients prefer to have a technician on site, and we do offer that service, but our scales do come pre-calibrated. We offer many different resolutions here, as our primary business is in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, but we ship our scales a few states away. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Carolina Scales for a quote or with any questions on our equipment. For more information, head over to our website or give us a call at 803-739-4360.

Equipment Maintenance With Carolina Scales

It’s hard to emphasize the importance of a thorough inspection of weighing equipment. Having factory-trained certified technicians check for problems can eliminate repair costs and equipment downtime, which is why we offer Inspection Service Agreements (ISA).

This crucial service works similarly to an insurance policy: it ensures proper maintenance, cleaning and calibration in an attempt to tackles issues before they happen. The ISA sets Carolina Scales ahead of other companies in our field, because our customers know we will take care of their machinery; giving them one less thing to distract them from their jobs!

Agreements like this will offer a variety of services. The ISA will cover regular scale and balance checks, which can mean semi-monthly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually depending on the customer’s specific needs. The more frequent the checks are the less likely emergency maintenance will have to be performed.

Another benefit to the ISA is that all tested equipment is labeled and certified, allowing customers to access certification information online through our Certificate Retrieval System (CRS). ISA customers can look through the entire history of their certified equipment.

Our service isn’t the only maintenance agreement out there, but with the expertise of the Carolina Scales technicians the ISA is ahead of the competition. Keeping scales and balances running to their potential is just a part of what we do.

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.

What to Look For When Shopping for Truck Scales

Recently one of the Vice Presidents of our suppliers, Rice Lake Weighing Systems was interviewed by Recycling Today.  Joe Grell, Vice President of Heavy Capacity offered recyclers his on what to look for when shopping for truck scales.  We’ve provided a few paragraphs from that interview with a link back to the full article for your information.  We hope this is informative to you.

Recycling Today (RT): What is the difference between a full-length scale and an axle scale? Which type do you find recyclers using most often? Why?

Joe Grell (JG): Axle scales are non-legal-for-trade weight estimators, and full-length scales are typically legal-for-trade, can be used to determine commercial transactions and are more accurate than axle scales. Axle scales are valuable in determining if a vehicle is close to or over legal highway loading regulations. They are a cost-effective precautionary scale to ensure that vehicles are not sent out on public highways over legal load limits. Full-length legal-for-trade scales are available in configurations that weigh axles individually and provide commercial accuracy at the same time.

RT: How many styles (low-profile, pit, full electronic, concrete deck, steel deck, etc.) of full-length scales are there? Is there one style you’d recommend for use in the recycling industry? What advantage does it offer?

JG: Vehicle scales are commonly available with either steel or concrete decks. Concrete decks are more durable and will generally outlast steel deck scales. Steel deck scales install quickly and do not require a cure time before they can be used. The finished cost is similar.

Most modern scales are above-ground designs, are fully electronic and the most popular are steel-deck configurations. They are low profile (16 inches to 18 inches above ground), and can be placed on a slab or pier foundation.

Another popular pit scale is the side-rail design, named for the two heavy steel I-beams on either side of the scale. Most of these are concrete and are more durable than typical flat-top above-ground scales. They are also slightly more expensive. Pit-type scales are placed in the ground so that the surface of the scale is even with the surrounding road or lot surface. Most mechanical scales are pit type and are the least common scale offered today.

A good choice for the recycling industry is the above-ground steel-deck scale. It is a cost-effective solution that can be moved as the enterprise grows and changes.

RT: What other features should recyclers look for in a truck scale?

JG: Data collection options are very important. Look for a full-service provider with a comprehensive product line. Automated ticketing, kiosks at the scale, messaging systems and remote displays are all important options that allow operators to reduce labor costs and improve throughput for their enterprise. Automated ticketing also keeps drivers in the truck where they are safe. Most accidents involving drivers happen when drivers are outside their vehicles.

How the Price of Cottonseed Affects the Sale of Scales

It always amazes us at Carolina Scales how sales for particular types of scales can surge due to something unforeseen by our staff.  It is definitely a lesson in world commodity markets, global economics and how each of those can have an effect on a company located in West Columbia, South Carolina.

Cottonseed
The cottonseed, used for cooking oil and livestock feed, remains after the cotton is ginned.

This global story begins with the cottonseed, something that many in South Carolina and throughout the South have seen being planted in local fields throughout the years.  Cottonseed has been used for many decades as a source for creating cooking oil and in particular it a highly prized supplement for livestock feed.

In June of this year, the rumblings of shortages began to be heard throughout the agricultural sector that produces cottonseeds.  It has been known for some time that the number of acres of farmland being devoted to cottonseed production was on the decrease.  Several sources have noted that cottonseed production was likely to drop to a 3-year low due to these smaller plantings.  This was partly due to the movement of farmers from planting cottonseed to other more lucrative crops.  Couple this with the ongoing drought in places like Texas and the affect the drought has had on the overall corn crop and a sudden demand by China for cottonseed. Now with corn production predicted to be at historic lows and since corn is the main ingredient for feeding livestock, alternatives will be in greater demand.  Cottonseed can be added to other feed like soy, wheat for added nutritional value and to “fill” in the gaps left from lower corn production.

Now how does this seed affect Carolina Scales?  These increased demands for the product have made the industry make some hectic moves to obtain appropriately sized shipping containers and scales to weigh the crop.  At first we were quite surprised by the surge in interest for scales to weigh cottonseed.  Fortunately, we were and are ready, willing and able to provide the necessary scales to help cottonseed producers get their product out the door and into the marketplace.  Whether it is cottonseed, other crops or materials, we have a variety of scales, balances and weighers to meet your needs.  Give us a call to discuss!