Imagine a 3D load volume scanner which can monitor load position, carry-back, and material fragmentation, all while seamlessly calculating a truck load’s weight with +/- 0.1% range accuracy. There’s no need to imagine, as this load volume scanner system is not only available, but such technology has been tested, optimized, and implemented in hauling and transportation applications of many types.
The load volume scanner is designed to be an affordable load management solution, providing a useful and cost-saving alternative to heavy-duty truck scales. Leveraging utility and delivering value in the mining, farming, and construction industries (as well as other applications) is a primary goal of many companies. The load volume scanner offers much more transparency than heavy-duty truck scales in more ways the one. The three dimensional imaging system provides valuable insight into exactly what is going on with the pay load, its position, and its fragmentation.
How the Load Volume Scanner Works
The load volume scanner system works by first scanning the bed of the truck while still empty and saving the 3D image. Once the truck is loaded, the bed is again scanned and the first image is compared to the second image.
In conjunction with the volume measurement, it can be known with certainty if the payload has been loaded evenly and if the entirety of the space has been used. This measurement allows the load to be maximized for efficiency and balanced for safety.
In the case of farming applications of the load scanner where margins are often thin, this transparency allows for maximizing productivity in regard to transportation costs and organize products from harvest in the most efficient way, saving money and earning more profit for each load.
Heavy duty vehicles and trucks can be fitted with RFID to reduce user input and to facilitate fast readings. Scans can even be done while in motion. Each three dimensional image is saved for analysis and comparison along with data which can be used to maximize efficiency.
Industry Applications of the Load Volume Scanner
For mining operations, where the loads are massive the utility of the load volume scanner can’t be easily replicated with other measurement tools. Mining operations can monitor and troubleshoot and maximize a wide range of factors within their process. Understanding how loads are distributed, with insight into total volume, material density, and material fragmentation can provide the data points needed to streamline efficiency, and the bigger the average pay load, and the more often the trucks are running loads, the more significant the efficiencies implemented after data collection can be.
The construction and heavy fill industries are no different, and can realize the same types of gains in efficiency. Margins can be tight, fuel and maintenance costs can rise, as can material and labor costs, but the consumer can only pay so much. Additional profit often times has to come from new efficiencies, but until now there weren’t any effective ways to monitor load position, monitor carry-back, monitor tray fill factor, and monitor material fragmentation with just one tool as can be done with the technology and utility offered by the 3D load scanner technology.
Understanding what is going on inside every pay load, and understanding how the 3D load volume scanner can provide data gives valuable insight into the moving parts of the business. This priceless data can bring new levels of productivity which can be realized by mining companies, farmers, construction companies, and other hauling operations while lowering cost per load and maximizing profit.