Is my load too light or too heavy? Drivers of logging trucks must be certain that their scale is accurate. The Swedish company ScaleLog is presenting an onboard solution at the upcoming Elmia Wood forestry trade show in Sweden.
ScaleLog Nord AB, a measurement technology developer from northern Sweden has developed a crane mounted wireless scale system for logging trucks. According to Lars Sjöblom of ScaleLog, the system has multiple advantages.
The scale is mounted on the crane’s coupling and is wireless and battery driven, the battery having at least a two-year lifespan. The scale includes an instrument and the components are linked wirelessly so no electrical installation in the crane is necessary.
– Because its construction is digital, the scale can also do more than just weigh, said Sjöholm.
Even the initial model includes software that compensates for the crane’s acceleration and the effect of gravity, which can cause scales to produce different readings depending on who is operating the crane.
– Our scale compensates for the driver’s influence, Sjöblom explained.
Factory calibrated means no risk of overloading
The system is factory calibrated which means that the driver can load the truck right up to the maximum limit without any risk of overloading. The scale can also communicate with an onboard computer, which logs the data in the truck or reports it back to the depot or customer.
Typical examples of applications are if timber is picked up from the same roadside site for delivery to several recipients, or if several drivers load up from the same place. The scale then tracks how much timber ends up on which truck and where it is delivered to.
According to the company, the ScaleLog has been well received in Sweden with logging hauliers saying that its biggest advantages include easy installation, accurate measurement, long battery life and sturdy construction. ScaleLog will be showcasing its scale at the upcoming Elmia Wood forestry trade show in Jönköping Sweden.