Tips for Keeping your Truck Scale in Proper Shape
There are so many reasons to ensure that your truck is weighed every time before leaving the depot. These include reducing stock loss, ensure that you are delivering the right weight of products to your clients, improve the vehicle’s performance, increased safety and avoid getting on the wrong side of the law among others.
All these can be achieved through the use of truck scales, which have been designed to help you weigh your vehicle on your own without having to travel looking for weight bridges. However, just like other devices and investments, these equipment require proper care and maintenance to serve you for long. You need to ensure that you are using them correctly, following each instruction as guided. These devices have come in as life saviors, they have made life easier for the drivers, improved their driving experience, and they, therefore, deserve to be treated with optimum care. Here are tips to help you maintain them for better performance and increased lifespan.
The regularity of inspecting the truck scales depends on the number of times it is used per day, but it does not hurt to check their conditions every day. Ensure to check the platform surface area and areas between the bottom and the ground part of the scale. This way, you will be able to troubleshoot any possible faults and have them corrected earlier rather than realizing that the device is faulty when the vehicle is already there to be weighed. Check if there is any debris stuck on the scale such as plastic bags, rocks, and leaves and remove them if you find any.
Most are the times when the scales are out in the open pit-mounted or mounted on concrete foundations, and they, therefore, need to be cleaned regularly. Cleaning them is easy and does not require any unique products. Clear any debris since such foreign objects are the leading cause of device malfunctioning. You can also use a wet cloth to wipe any stubborn dirt around the scale.
Calibrate the scales
The primary job of truck scales is to provide you with accurate results as possible. However, this cannot be achieved if the scales are not well balanced and calibrated. Mounting the scales on heavy trucks subjects them to wear and tear. Moreover, any foreign object regardless of how small it is can displace the numbers, and you, therefore, need to balance and check the calibration of the scales after cleaning and removing the foreign objects. If you do not know much about these, it is advisable to have a professional check it weekly or monthly for assurance as you do not want to end up getting false readings.
Let professionals in
It is recommendable that you schedule for professional inspections to do what you might have missed out during the basic maintenances and for any possible repairs.
By following these tips, you can rest assured that your truck scales will always give you accurate results without causing any problems and they will keep serving you for the longest time possible.