Cardinal Pit-Mounted Truck Scales Provide Port of Miami Ability to Weigh Greater Volume of Freight

Two Additional Cardinal Scale Pit-Mounted EPR Truck Scales Provide Terminal the Ability to Weigh Greater Volumes of Freight. Major ocean transport company adds more Cardinal EPR truck scales and 210 indicators to expedite traffic flow for 600 truck weighments per day at busy Port of Miami.

Traffic congestion was becoming a major issue at the Port of Miami with a steady increase in export freight volumes over the last several years and the completion of a new underground truck tunnel leading into the port. A lengthy line of trucks were typically waiting to be weighed before entering the freight terminals at the port.

It became apparent that a solution was needed to be able to move this increased traffic through the port more quickly and efficiently.

 

Cardinal Scale Pit Type Truck Scale

One of the largest ocean transport companies at the Port of Miami rearranged their container yard and came to Cardinal Scale seeking a solution for its truck scale needs.

Cardinal Scale had several meetings with Port of Miami officials and the ocean transport company’s personnel during which various yard and scale layouts were considered, including above or below ground scales, steel or concrete decks, network connectivity, and weight documentation.

It was ultimately decided that there would be two new inbound steel deck truck scales installed below grade in deep pits. The deep pit request presented an important challenge: How to ensure that a 4 1/2 foot deep pit would remain dry at just above sea level on an island?

Cardinal Scale had stressed the importance of keeping the pit dry during the design process.

Therefore, the ocean transport company contracted with an engineering company that designed and built an elaborate self-contained underground pump station, which was built adjacent to both scale pits to prevent the pits from flooding.

The ocean transport company decided to purchase two new 13570-EPR truck scales from Cardinal Scale, which were slightly modified to be installed in the pits. The pit design was chosen to save yard space, as well as, producing an easier and safer method for drivers and other personnel to move in and around the trucks. A steel deck was chosen over a concrete deck to avoid delays associated with the curing time of a concrete deck.

The scales were connected to Cardinal Scale model 210 weight indicators fitted with 10/100 Ethernet cards and attached to P500 receipt printers, which were installed in two separate scale houses. The Ethernet cards allow them to communicate the weight data to their remote server and the ticket printers allow them to produce a hard copy for the truck drivers, which not only includes their truck ID, but the time and date of weighment as well.

The ocean transport company’s freight terminal at the Port of Miami operates 24/7, 365 days a year.

It can now weigh more than 600 trucks per day with the addition of the two pit-mounted Cardinal truck scales. The ocean transport company has substantially reduced the weigh-in time for each truck, which in turn allows them to load the freight containers on the cargo ships more efficiently.

The additional truck weighing scales have led to shorter lines of trucks, thus improving the overall traffic congestion at the Port of Miami as well.

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How To Save $500 On Your New Truck Scale System

When you’re purchasing a truck scale, there are many different items and costs to consider. So, any costs that you can possibly reduce can make a substantial difference. One area to consider is the cost of the digital weight indicator. The odds are if you’re putting in a new truck scale, you will probably be quoted an indicator that is the same brand as the truck scale you’re buying. For example, if you’re looking to buy a Cardinal Armor “EPR” truck scale, you will probably be quoted a Cardinal 225 weight indicator. If you’re looking at a Rice Lake ATV truck scale, you will probably be quoted a Rice Lake 720i weight readout. These indicators are nice and will do an outstanding job for you. But, they can be a little pricey. An alternative choice that you might want to consider is the Pennsylvania 7600E which in some cases could save you $500 or more.

The Pennsylvania 7600E Indicator is IDEAL for TRUCK SCALE, Heavy Capacity, and BATCHING applications with convenient I/O connections and Menu Driven batching sequences or 300 Truck Tare memories with menu-selected Print Sequences. It was designed for expanded capabilities (using the PLUS+ Series Main Board) and is a DIRECT EXCHANGE REPLACEMENT indicator for thousands of similar units presently in use. Simplified 5-Button front panel model has all of the features and capabilities of the 7600E but is designed for direct replacement for many existing UMC600 or IQ700 series applications; dual independent RS-232 outputs, for example drive both scoreboard / remote display and ticket printer.

POWER & FLEXIBILITY– The 7600E adapts to the most demanding applications with a wide range of outputs, options, and features.  No need for expensive programming or expensive set-up. The 7600E is one of the easiest to use, easiest to install, easiest to live with indicators available today!

TRUCK SCALE APPLICATIONS: 300 Tare Weight memories and IN/OUT program plus menu-selectable ticket formats make the 7600E the obvious choice. 10 point linearization and tweak mode for calibrating convenience. Two separate digital outputs for printers and scoreboards plus optional relay alarms for truck-on-scale, overload warnings and more.

BENCH & FLOOR PLATFORMS: Keyboard Tare entry plus storage by ID# for up to 300 Tare Weights. Two independent digital outputs for printers, remote displays, scoreboards, control I/O. Free factory calibration to any Pennsylvania platform and fully
expandable for future requirements. SS enclosure with convenient U-Bracket mount.

IDEAL REPLACEMENT INDICATOR—grams to tons, designed specifically for fast, seamless installation in a wide variety of replacement applications as well as new installations.
• (2) Programmable Serial Data Ports standard
• 300 Truck IN/OUT Tare Memories
• Smart Serial™ Setup programmable serial data strings
• Calibration designed specifically for Batching/Truck Scales
• Optional Analog Output (4-20 mA/0-10 VDC)
• Optional Digital Relay I/O with menu driven Batching features
• Drives up to (8) 350 ohm or (10) 1000 ohm load cells
• Proven PLUS+ Series Main Board fits all Pennsylvania brand products
• ESD and RFI shielding are standard
• Stainless Steel enclosure with U-bracket mount standard

So when you’re looking to put in a new truck scale, one of the easy ways to save a few bucks is to go with a less expensive digital weight indicator like the Pennsylvania 7600E, which is made in America by the way.

New Satellite Unattended Truck Weighing Kiosks

Cardinal Scale’s New Unattended Weighing Terminals are Loaded with Valuable Features. Cardinal Scale’s new USA-made Satellite series unattended weighing kiosks provide the ultimate experience in unmanned truck scale efficiency and streamlined data integration. The lockable, weather-proof enclosure features a modern design aesthetic with optional rainhood/sun deflector. Select a Satellite model with the features you need including a high-speed thermal cutbar tape printer, proximity badge reader (AWID and HID), 240 x 64 pixel blue backlit LCD or 640 x 480 pixel backlit color touch screen LCD, and with or without a rainhood. True to its name, the Satellite offers independent remote control over your weighing operations and connects the truck scale to SB500 remote displays with integrated traffic signals, existing computer networks, other digital weight indicators, and WinVRS vehicle recording software.

The weatherproof QWERTY keyboard with navigation arrow keys and main soft keys provides driver input prompting controls. Fast, accurate, and easy to operate, the Satellite series offers models with a brilliant full-color graphics LCD touch-screen display and 10/100 Base-T Ethernet standard (TCP/IP or EIP). The Satellite may be mounted on a wall or pole (complete mounting bracket included), and the unique articulating arm allows the kiosk to be pulled toward the truck driver while weighing and then retracted away from the truck when not in use.

These unattended weighing terminals allow the driver to remain in their vehicle while weighing which reduces the risk associated with walking across truck scale platforms and traffic lanes. Not only is this a safer method of receiving truck weights, but it also speeds the weighing process for optimal efficiency and reduces overall operating costs.The Satellite kiosk may be interfaced via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet to Cardinal’s WinVRS Vehicle Recording System for seamless acquisition and integration of weight data to generate versatile reports of transactions. Truck ID storage comes standard in the Satellite series, and versatile connectivity ports allow weight data to be sent directly into record-keeping software.

Printing unattended truck weight tickets has never been easier than with the Satellite’s high-speed thermal cutbar tape printer. The printer with silkscreened sign on the front of the enclosure easily identifies for drivers where they are to retrieve their ticket. To easily refill paper rolls, simply swing out the articulating arm and unlock the cabinet from the back for internal printer access. An interior heater with thermostat comes standard in all Satellite printer cabinets for year-round, weather-proof usage.

Features:
•Articulating Arm Allows Kiosk to be Retracted When Not in Use
•Kiosk May be Pole or Wall-Mounted
•640 x 480 pixel Full-Color LCD Touch-Screen Display Available
•Full QWERTY Keyboard and Navigation Arrow Keys
•Main Soft Keys Provide Driver Input Prompting Controls
•High-Speed Thermal Printer Easy to Refill Paper Rolls
•Fast, Accurate, and Easy to Operate
•Lockable, Weather-Proof, Outdoor-Grade Enclosure
•Rainhood/Sun Deflector Available on Some Models
•AWID and HID Proximity Badge Readers Available
•Allows the Driver to Remain in the Vehicle While Weighing
•Reduces Risk Associated with Drivers Walking Across Platforms
•Modern Product Design Aesthetics
•Wi-Fi or Wired Ethernet Connectivity Available
•USB-B Connectivity Standard
•May be Interfaced with WinVRS Record-Keeping Software
•Internal Heater with Thermostat
•USA-Made Quality Construction

What Is The General Guidelines For Ordering A Truck Scale?

This week’s question asks what sort of site preparation could be required prior to scale installment?

Site preparation will vary due to whether the set up is a new or replacement truck scale. A concrete deck truck scale will add construction time on account of pouring the concrete inside the scale deck and curing time.

For brand new installs, the common truck scale installation method is as follows. Blueprints arrive from the scale vendor. After that, scale house is built or installed on location. Next, concrete foundation and approach ramps poured by either scale service business or the consumer. And then, truck scale is delivered from the scale supplier. After that, scale service organization wires the truck scale to the scale house and links all the peripherals. At last, calibration and certification with test weights and weight cart.

Much less site prep work is needed and faster installation times can sometimes be achieved with systems like Cardinal’s SnapStream Wireless Truck Scales, which provide wireless radio frequency connection in between the truck scale and the weight indicator in the scale house. Moreover, all peripheral gear like remote displays, computers and printers could be attached wirelessly with SnapStream, which perhaps conserves a large number of bucks in installation costs. SnapStream is really a fully-integrated NTEP legal-for-trade wireless scale system for commercial recycling applications enabling connectivity up to 1 mile line of sight between the truck scale and scale house.

Cardinal’s SnapStream is a fully-integrated NTEP legal-for-trade wireless scale system for commercial applications. It’s completely proprietary to Cardinal Scale and offers a number of competitive advantages for new (or pre-existing scale installations).  SnapStream allows a scale to send weight data wirelessly to an indicator and the indicator in turn to send that data wirelessly to a host of peripheral equipment such as remote displays, printers, PC’s and networks. SnapStream is a digitally-controlled weighing and diagnostic system designed utilizing 802.15.4 Zigbee protocol for reliable and accurate weight and data transmission. SnapStream may be used with Cardinal Scale 205, 210, and 225 weight indicators, where scale diagnostics can be viewed directly on the digital weight indicator. For additional information on the products mentioned in this article contact the heavy capacity sales department at Central Carolina Scale today.

Digital Weight Indicator Can Store Truck Weight Data Each Day With USB Flash Drive

Happy New Year to all our readers out there. It’s our goal to provide great information to you again this year and to bring you some really nice product info that will make your job easier. Cardinal Scale Manufacturing in Webb City Missouri has a USA-made digital weight indicator product line that is very popular with customers. Cardinal’s weight indicators provide easy, convenient scale operation and accurate, reliable measurements. From basic truck scale weighing to complex process automation, Cardinal Scale probably makes a weight indicator for your application. Whether operators need an easy-to-maintain wash-down indicator or an indicator that provides highly visible scale readouts, the odds are that Cardinal will have an option available to suit a wide range of weighing needs.

digital weight indicator with usb collects weight data daily

The latest announcement from Cardinal Scale is very exciting for those of us in the weighing industry. Over the years quite a few scale owners have asked what is the easiest way to connect their computer to the scale? And the answer provided to them is usually well, yes you can connect your scale to the PC but it will only be to Hyper Terminal or yes, you can connect your scale to the computer but you need to by some type of wedge software. But, now with the new Cardinal 2XX-USBA option board which is listed as USB-A Card, 2 USB-A Ports, One Micro SD Port – you have the ability to add a USB flash drive to a select group of Cardinal indicators like the 205, 210 and 225 and easily collect weighing data. For example, with one 4GB flash drive and Micro SD card you could literally collect millions of weight transactions with ID numbers. Then once you’re ready to view the transactions, you remove the flash drive and take a look at the CSV file on your computer. It’s easy to add titles to the columns and sum the weight column to determine the total amount of weight that you’ve weighed over a period of time. To learn more about this, click here.

Over the past couple of years it is obvious Cardinal Scale is stepping up their digital weight indicator lineup. For example, the 190 with multiple color display is a unique item and has been very popular with various industries. Now we find out that certain Cardinal indicators can easily collect weight data by just adding an optional board and USB thumb drive. This is definitely an item worth looking into if you have even the least bit of interest in collecting weight data without all the hassles of complicated software. These digital indicators can be connected and calibrated to just about any scale system out there.

Imagine A Scale That Can Send Email Alerts…

Over they years Cardinal Scale has led the weighing industry with their made in the USA digital weight indicators. Cardinal’s weight indicators are known for providing easy, convenient scale operation and accurate, reliable measurements. From basic truck scale weighing to complex process automation, Cardinal Scale probably has a weight indicator for your particular need.

The Cardinal Scale 825 Spectrum weight indicator for scales can send automatic e-mail alerts through an Ethernet connection to the client’s internal SMTP e-mail server for submission to up to three recipients per scale. The 825 features up to 10 scale inputs per indicator by installing additional option cards to the multiple slots available, and each of the scales connected has completely-individual configuration for the e-mail alerts.

Easy set-up for this application is enabled through the 825′s touchscreen LCD and QWERTY keyboard where users may assign the e-mail address the alerts are sent from, which also acts as a return address (any address may be configured). There are four preset weights available per scale for user-definable targets such as Over, Accept, Under (Reorder), and Extremely Low, which may be labeled whatever the user chooses.

E-mail alerts may be assigned for up to three of the presets per scale. For instance, e-mail alerts might be sent for Over, Under, (Reorder), and Extremely Low, but not for the unnecessary Accept weight status. Additionally, up to three recipients per scale may receive each e-mail alert via separate e-mail addresses.

The 825 Spectrum’s vivid color display is effectively utilized in this application by assigning any of eight different color options (black, blue, green, red, yellow, white, gray, or cyan) to each of the four preset weight ranges (both the color block and text color are user-definable). All of the scales connected to the 825 may be monitored onscreen simultaneously with easy weight status visually identifiable by their current color mode and preset weight identifier. View up to ten scales onscreen simultaneously with the 640 x 480 pixel color LCD. By touching a scale’s weight onscreen, the indicator will bring up that individual scale’s information and current weight status.

E-mail alerts are sent in the form of text file attachments containing the Date, Time, Scale Number, Commodity, Weight, and its current status when sent. This provides remote weight monitoring anywhere in the world that the user can access their e-mail.

New Cardinal 190A Scale Indicator

If there was an award for the coolest display on a digital weight indicator in the scale industry, the winner would probably be the Cardinal 190 indicator. The display can show weights in red, yellow, green and a couple of other colors too. Recently, Cardinal introduced a new version of the 190 designed for axle weighing. The 190A is the perfect choice for the 760 series axle scales from Cardinal.

The USA-made Cardinal Scale 190A easily factors axle weights by pressing the PRINT key for each successive axle weight, or it can function in traffic control auto mode sensing each truck axle’s weight when connected to a remote display such as the SB500 with traffic signals and a printer such as the P150. Traffic control mode allows the truck driver to never have to leave the truck during the axle weighing process which speeds up weighing operations.

Designed for non-legal-for-trade portable axle weighing applications such as with Cardinal’s CWL-40 and 760 series mobile wheel weighers, the USA-made 190A weight indicator features axle weighing software, traffic control mode to automatically capture accumulative axle weights without the driver having to leave the truck (when connected to a remote display with traffic lights and printer), two RS232 serial ports (for printer and remote display), optional rechargeable lithium ion battery, capacitive touch keys, and IP69K-rated wash-down enclosure (the highest protection rating possible).

The 1-inch/25-mm high backlit LCD is visible in direct sunlight and may be set to any one of 6 different customizable settings. The 190A weight indicator features 3 watertight gland connectors, quick-connect power connector, and one ID. Continue reading

What Are The Different Displays On Digital Weight Indicators for Scales?

We hear this question quite often. What are the differences between LED, LCD, and VFD displays on digital weight indicators? Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) display types are recommended for indoor applications, identifiable by digits that light up over a dark background. Exceptions like the Laserlight series remote displays (an LED type display) are designed for viewing outdoors. For most applications that are in sunlight generally the ideal choice is a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), which is identifiable by black digits over a gray (or backlit) background.

Remote Displays Are Ideal for Vehicle Scales

remote display

Salter RD-65 Remote Display

One accessory that is almost a necessity with a truck scale is the remote display or as it is also known, a scoreboard.  This assists the operator and driver allowing them to see the weight of the truck from a distance. The Salter Brecknell High intensity LED remote display is visible up to 150 feet. The bright DOUBLE ROW LED display offers many great features, competitive pricing, while providing you with quick set up. This IP65 rated display, has 5 inch high double row digits, ready to display up to 6 digits. The enclosure is gray powder painted mild steel with a no glare lens. It offers unit switching between lbs and kg along with (G) gross and (N) net annunicators.

The RD-65 LED display is standard ready to communicate via RS-232, RS-485 or current loop. There are 5 protocols preprogrammed into the RD-65, with configurable data formats and adjustable baud rates. Out of the box it is ready to communicate with Salter Brecknell indicators, Avery Weigh-Tronix indicators, Dillon and other formats that are easily selectable for different brands of indicators. Included standard with every display is a 120V transformer with 15′ cable, 25′ communication cable, sun visor and eye hooks.

Calibration of a Truck Scale

Now that you’ve bought a truck scale, completed the foundation, have the scale installed, what’s next?  Before your truck scale can be used for obtaining weight measurements, it must first be calibrated to your digital weight indicator and approved by your state. Your local scale service company will take care of this by bringing their test truck to the scale test site. The test truck holds certified calibrated test weights that are placed on the scale platform for testing and calibration. The test Continue reading