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Blog November 2016 Updated April 2021

3 Key Considerations When Installing New Scales / Scale House

Evan Schwartz Chief Enterprise Architect, AMCS Global

Are you considering installing weighbridges at your site?  By keeping these three key considerations in mind before you begin will save you both time and money:


Three key considerations:

By keeping these three key considerations in mind before you begin, you can ensure that there are redundancies in place to eliminate downtime, maximize staff productivity, and streamline the traffic flow to and around the scales—saving you both time and money.


1. Proper Spare Conduit Installation

Always install a spare conduit near the beginning and the end of the scale even if you may not need it now.  This will allow for the expansion of additional lights, gates, and driver-assisted terminals in the future.  Taking this approach before concrete or asphalt is installed will save you a fortune down the road as you attempt to automate your scales.


2. Stagger Your Scales

If possible, stagger your scales so they are not identically parallel to each other.  This allows for better vehicle and human traffic to and from the scale house and also reduces noise that interferes with your daily scaling operations.


3. Evaluate the Need for Traffic Lights and bypass lanes

Evaluate the real need for traffic lights and bypass lanes at your scales.  You may find that the drivers never pay any attention to the traffic lights, but having bypass lanes that can control access may be a desirable solution.

The Right Planning

The scale house operation is the gateway to your facility.  It is also the cash register!  With a little common sense planning, the scale house operation can speed vehicle throughput, eliminate customer downtime and be a showpiece for your facility.

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