Buy Surface Mounted Weighbridge Online 2021
Buy Surface Mounted Weighbridge Online
Cast on-site, low cost, robust weighbridge suitable for environments such as quarry, farms, recycling, etc
Weighbridge system schematic and industrial weighing schematic
Weighton offers a comprehensive range of industrial scales, process weighing systems, touch-screen weight terminals, weighing instrumentation, software, and equipment.
Surface Mounted Weighbridges
All our weighbridges are manufactured in the US & UK and can be supplied as standalone weighbridge systems or complete with software to control single or multiple weighbridges.
We are able to supply weighbridges of various sizes on short and long-term hire or if you prefer to purchase we can offer systems to suit your exact requirements.
When purchasing a weighbridge we can supply either Surface or Pit Mounted systems in a wide range of standard sizes, if however, you have an existing weighbridge pit we can manufacture a bespoke size to suit your application.
Standard Sizes (bespoke sizes available)
- 8 m x 3 m
- 9 m x 3 m
- 15 m x 3 m
- 18 m x 3 m
We are instrumental in providing our clients with an excellent range of Surface Mounted Weigh Bridge that are widely used in industries for weighing heavy loads. The entire range has been manufactured using high-end technology and the finest raw material at our vendors’ ends. Available in variegated sizes and measuring options, these products are acknowledged for their high efficiency, accurate measurement, and easy operation.
On the other hand, a surface mounted weighbridge does not require a pit for installation.
Instead, the bridge is simply placed on top of the ground, with vehicles entering and leaving via ramps on opposing sides of the platform.
Surface-mounted weighbridges are usually chosen by companies who are not willing or are unable to construct a pit as well as those who only require the equipment temporarily.
These weighbridges are more cost-effective than their pit mounted counterparts and also require the least amount of on-site preparation,
However, they have a much larger footprint and their elevated positioning can make it difficult for vehicles to maneuver around the platform, especially in smaller areas.
Superior Performance and Reliability
Our surface mounted weighbridge features a simplified robust buffering system that uses special ‘v’ blocks to buffer the deck against transverse and longitudinal movement. This design eliminates the need for conventional tie bars.
Cost-Effective Concrete Weighbridge Cast On-Site
Surface-mounted weighbridges are robust weighbridges and suitable for multiple environments including farms, quarries, and recycling centers. The concrete foundation slab of the surface-mounted weighbridge is cast in-situ. The design minimizes transport costs and eliminates the need for heavy lifting of equipment on site. With a concrete weighbridge cast on-site, you can achieve a high-quality weighbridge at a much lower cost.
Clean Design to Minimise Dirt Build-up
Dirt build-up can be a problem with conventional weighbridge designs, especially at quarries and waste sites. This weighbridge is ideal for such applications and includes various design features to reduce dirt build-up:
- Load cells are positioned away from the ends of the weighbridge
- High rise design providing additional clearance under the weighbridge
- Cleaning access at each end of the weighbridge
The weighbridge frame is shot blasted and finished with primer and a glossy topcoat. It has a total thickness of 110 microns. Its mechanical supporting parts are stainless steel and the junction box is made from standard PVC.
How Much Does A Weighbridge Cost?
Buying a weighbridge for your business is an investment, and whilst it no longer costs quite as much as it once did (due to advances in technology, engineering, and manufacturing) it is still a sizeable investment to consider.
Every weighbridge installation is different, and often it can be the installation, rather than the weighbridge itself, which can end up increasing the cost.
In this article, we’ll go through some of the factors you will need to consider when looking into purchasing a weighbridge.
Which Weighbridge Is Best For You?
For smaller companies with the need for infrequent vehicle weighing or a temporary weighbridge solution (anywhere between six months and two years), it may be best to choose a surface mounted model due to the ease of installation and the associated lower costs.
Conversely, pit mounted weighbridges are often the best choice for larger organizations where vehicle weighing is a more fundamental part of the working day. The pit-mounted design can make the weighbridge easier to use and easier to work around which can maximize the convenience and speed of service you can provide to your customers.
In addition, modular weighbridges can be advantageous for any growing company, as the modular weighbridge design can be extended to accommodate larger vehicles as the company grows.
Surface Mounted or Pit Mounted Weighbridge?
Your first consideration might be whether to opt for a surface-mounted or a pit-mounted weighbridge. There’s no difference in their functionality, but a surface-mount requires more room, or space, around it for vehicles to drive on and off than a pit-mount weighbridge does. We have a whole article on surface mount vs pit mounted weighbridges, available here.
If you’ve chosen a pit-mounted weighbridge, there are a couple of extra considerations to make when it comes to pricing up your investment. A pit mounted weighbridge requires groundwork for the pit to be created. This includes adequate foundations and drainage. If the pit does not drain correctly, the weighbridge could become damaged and require additional repairs and servicing. It’s estimated for budgetary purposes that the groundworks cost roughly £1k per meter required.
If your facility is better suited to a surface mounted weighbridge, then you could bypass some of the costs associated with the installation of a pit-mounted weighbridge.
There are various options for the material of the weighbridge deck. Most commonly available are two options; concrete and steel. With proper maintenance and care, both types of weighbridge deck should last over 20 years. The primary consideration here is weight. A concrete deck on a weighbridge is incredibly heavy and naturally, transportation and installation costs begin to increase when opting for this construction. A concrete deck does have the benefit of avoiding rust, etc. However, they can be prone to cracking and crumbling through freezing weather cycles.
A steel weighbridge deck construction needs to be of a high quality and strength in order to reliably take the weight of vehicles. Cheaper steel-decked weighbridges may seem a good option, but cheaper construction and materials may leave the weighbridge prone to the elements and the weight of heavier vehicles. Poor quality steel weighbridges are constructed from low-grade steel, have a lesser physical weight due to minimal sub-structure, and they usually have lower quality load cells fitted. These cheaper, steel weighbridges would have an expected lifespan of around 5-7 years depending on the amount of traffic going over them. Steel weighbridges constructed from high-grade steel, good load cells, and substantial sub-structure can last upwards of 20 years (especially with regular care, servicing, and maintenance).
A cost that you may not have accounted for is maintenance. Weighbridges are a large investment for a company, and yet many businesses neglect the maintenance and end up having to pay hefty repair bills and suffer loss of business when they fail.
If purchasing a weighbridge from Solent Scales, it’s worth remembering that we can offer you a flexible service and maintenance plan which will help to ensure your weighbridge remains functional and calibrated. However, it’s down to you to ensure that preventative maintenance (such as cleaning under and around the weighbridge deck) is done regularly.
There are two considerations for what we call ‘peripherals’. First is the indicator. This is the device that takes the readings from the weighbridge’s load cells and translates them into a live weight reading. Although these don’t have to break the bank, but they are still an additional cost, and the price will gradually increase if you require more features, new technologies, or accompanying software.
Secondly, the weather in the UK is not the best; it’s not fair to have your weighbridge attendant stood outside all day weighing in incomings and the outgoings. Most weighbridges are accompanied by a small building which allows the entirety of the weighbridge related peripherals to be housed (such as the indicator, paperwork, etc.) and protects it all from the elements. Be sure to factor this into your calculations.
So, a typical, high-quality steel weighbridge would cost somewhere in the region of £16k and above, it’s not just the price of the weighbridge deck alone you must consider. As you can see above, there are a number of potential additional costs that might catch your business out if you’re not prepared. At postfirstclass.com, we offer new British-built surface and pit-mounted weighbridges from our tried and tested UK manufacturer.