Rice Lake Survivor Truck Scales Overview

Rice Lake Weighing Systems designs and manufactures Survivor truck scales. Survivor scales are known for their superior construction built with 100% North American steel and the finest craftsmanship anywhere. Survivor scales are made to deliver dependable accurate weights for many years. The entire Survivor line has been carefully assembled to answer each of the challenges our business faces every day beginning with the versatile and cost-effective Survivor OTR series including the extreme vehicle strength of the OTR portable version.

The ATV is designed for portability and going from job to job. The Survivor SR integrates massive side rails and ultra low profile and rigid strength. Pit type applications with deep clearance can take advantage of Rice Lake’s PT Series. Many PT’s scales can be custom fit to existing foundations saving thousands of dollars in construction costs. Create multi-platform variations from any model to individual weight each axle within the same foundation. Survivor M series harness electromechanical technology for time-tested reliability.

Survivor scales provide the lowest total cost of ownership for any commercial scale available today and they’re backed by the best warranty in the industry. Whether selecting the standard model customizing one to your application what goes into each Survivor from start to finish is what earns its badge as the toughest truck scale on earth. Survivor scales use up to 30% more steel and competing with heavy-duty I beams strategically placed with flow of traffic guaranteed support regardless of truck position.

Each weigh bridge is thoroughly cleaned prior to painting to remove mill scale and surface imperfections and rustproofing undercoating is applied to the underside of the scale to protect against moisture damage and finally a high-quality finish is applied all visible surfaces for an automobile like finish to protect the scale from the elements.

From your choice of concrete or steel deck; concrete deck scales offer better traction and greater rigidity while steel scales can be delivered and install and placed into service in as little as four to six hours. Steel deck truck scales are also lighter in weight and easier to relocate. Steel deck designs also feature an open bottom for unrestricted air flow, eliminating the possibility of trapped condensation that causes premature rust and corrosion.

Unlike competing models, Survivor scales offer our signature boltless top access plates that’s stay in place during operation yet provide fast and easy access to load cell pockets and are integrated into the steel structure of each sale inside the outer I beam. Rice Lake’s patented G-Force single link suspension system eliminates excess movement and scale ware by using 100% of the loading action against itself returning the scale to dead center without check rods or bumper bolts.

Survivor scales are fabricated with both steel and flexible conduit to protect load cell cables from rodents vandals and environmental hazards. Choose from our standard analog junction box or improved digital diagnostic power of Rice Lake iQube2 with on board diagnostics which will immediately alert operators of functional issues and can be configured to compensate for those issues until repairs can be made. Whether online or digital, these technologies help keep your scale investment safe. Round out one of the most dependable transient protection packages in the industry.

Get the most of your truck scale investment with optional features that improve scale performance and the efficiency of your entire truck scale system. Loop detectors identify approaching vehicles. Vehicle barrier gates prevent unauthorized access and control vehicle movement and high-visibility guide rails provide an added level of safety. Integrated grain dumps speed up vehicle unloading and truck traffic. Indicators and ticketing kiosks with RFID ability promise accurate ticketing and data collection. Stop and go light simplify communication. Remote displays are ideal for better visibility indoors and out. Video surveillance is also available for added visibility and security. Rice Lake offers the largest most experienced engineering and field service network in the industry. They put more into every Survivor scale so that you can get more out. Make Survivor the last truck scale investment you’ll ever make. From start to finish depend on Rice Lake to help choose the right Survivor for your job.

Product Spotlight: Rice Lake Survivor Truck Scale

Rice Lake Weighing Systems SURVIVOR® truck scales are commonly referred to as the Toughest Scales on Earth®. They are designed to provide reliable performance under the most demanding conditions. SURVIVOR truck scales are built with more structural steel, a superior support structure and innovative design features that provide consistent accuracy, less downtime and longer scale life. Each SURVIVOR is built with the exclusive five-step finishing process. Take a look at some of the different Rice Lake Survivor truck scale models below.

The SURVIVOR OTR Series truck scale is an outstanding design that incorporates the most advanced engineering and production technology to manufacture the highest quality vehicle weighing system in the marketplace.

The ATV is rigidly constructed for heavy-duty weighing, yet lightweight and compact for convenient portability. The pre-assembled modules (available in lengths from 10 – 30 ft.) and unique self-seating hinge connectors provide easy installation, expansion and relocation for your growing business.

The SR concrete or steel deck modes are ruggedly designed with massive outboard beams available in a bolted or welded design. Load cells and mounting assemblies are easily accessed in the rugged, reinforced load cell pocket, through side access.

The PT Series truck scale is available in many standard sizes to satisfy most requirements, but we also understand that pit-type installations often involve replacing and existing mechanical or electronic scale.

SURVIVOR® M Series Levertronic Scales combine innovative features with time-proven durability that only a mechanical scale can deliver. In a market crowded with scales manufactured to compete on price alone, SURVIVOR M Series Scales are built from the ground up for lasting performance under the most extreme conditions.

SURVIVOR® Rail Scales
SURVIVOR railroad track scales incorporate Rice Lake’s best-in-class weighbridge design to create a rugged, accurate heavy duty weighing system. Used in static weighing operations, the SURVIVOR RT Pit Type railroad track scale and the SURVIVOR PL Modular Type railroad track scale excel in high-accuracy, legal-for-trade weighing and meet AREMA and Cooper E-80 design specifications.

SURVIVOR® Livestock Solutions
Rice Lake’s livestock scales are built from the ground up for lasting performance under the most severe circumstances. Whether you choose the RoughDeck™ SLV for single animal weighing or the SURVIVOR® AG, LV or LS, you’re getting the Toughest Scale on Earth®.

Take a look below at “Six Facts” regarding heavy capacity solutions from Rice Lake. Did you know for applications where steel is preferred or downtime is critical, a great choice would be the SURVIVOR® OTR Steel Deck. Operational within a day, this easy-to-install steel deck scale sets the standard for truck scale design and performance, keeping downtime to a minimum. Tightly spaced wide flange I-beams form the industry’s strongest weighbridge design, weighing as many as 250 trucks per day for 25 years without a trace of weighbridge fatigue.

Built to Withstand Extreme Use
Weighbridge design and the weight of structural steel used directly affect the life of a truck scale. Many truck scale designs incorporate low grade, non-certified steel and an inferior design to reduce the cost and decrease production time. These reductions also reduce the life of the scale. Rice Lake SURVIVOR® series truck scales utilize up to 30% more steel than most competitive models and incorporate a longitudinal highway bridge design. More I-beams are strategically placed longitudinally with the traffic flow to ensure tire support regardless of truck position.

Ultra Load Cell Protection
Load cell pockets that are welded or bolted to exterior I-beams allow excessive bending and flexing, causing damage to the weighbridge. Bumper bolts loosen and break. Check rods bind. Rice Lake’s SURVIVOR® series truck scales are designed with the load cell pocket integrated into the steel structure of the scale. The pocket is built inside the outer I-beam, offering a more durable, long-lasting load cell pocket. The SURVIVOR® series scales feature the G-Force™ self-checking mounting system, eliminating the need for check rods or bumper bolts.

Breathing Room Below
Closed-bottom weighbridge designs with both top and bottom plates, typically using lighter weight components, create cavities that tend to hold moisture causing rusting of internal components. Rice Lake’s SURVIVOR® steel deck truck scales feature an open-bottom design providing unrestricted airflow eliminating rust causing moisture buildup, which accelerates rusting of internal steel and imminent scale failure.

Tough, Start to Finish
Harsh environments and corrosive materials can quickly deteriorate improperly finished truck scale components. Rice Lake’s SURVIVOR® series truck scales are steel shot blasted according to the highest industry standards to remove mill scale and surface imperfections. An asphalt emulsion undercoating is applied to all non-visible steel surfaces on all steel deck models to protect against moisture damage. High-performance epoxy primer and specialized hard-coat alkyd enamel is applied to all visible steel surfaces for a car-like finish that protects the scale from the elements.

Custom Sizes are Customary
Replacing truck scales on existing foundations or fitting truck scales to unique locations or space limitations need not incur extra design fees. Rice Lake’s SURVIVOR® series truck scales can be custom-built to fit almost any application.

A Complete Solution for Any Application
These truck scales are only a part of the equation. Rice Lake offers not only the scale, but also the complete solution for your weighing application. From automated ticketing and truck transaction data collection systems to intelligent controllers like the 920i, to advanced cell diagnostics. And of course no truck scale is complete without a Ticketpress ticket printer and Laserlight Remote Display.

It is Important To Learn As Much As You Can During The Initial Buying Stage

When looking to invest in a truck scale. It’s important to do research and learn as much as you can about truck scales. And you will likely have many questions throughout the process. Below are some of the key features of the Rice Lake Survivor line of heavy duty vehicle scales.

Built to Withstand Extreme Use
Weighbridge design and the overall weight of structural steel used directly affect the performance life of a truck scale. Many “economical” truck scale designs incorporate low grade, non-certified steel and an inferior design to reduce the cost and decrease production time. These reductions also reduce the life of the scale.

Rice Lake SURVIVOR OTR truck scales utilize up to 30% more steel than most competitive models and incorporate a longitudinal highway bridge design. More I-beams are strategically placed longitudinally with the traffic flow to ensure tire support regardless of truck position. Continue reading

What is Concentrated Load Capacity and NTEP?

Concentrated Load Capacity, or CLC, is an industry recognized rating of a vehicle or axle load scale. The rating defines the maximum load for which the weighbridge is designed as applied by a group of two axles with a center line spaced 4 feet apart and an axle width 8 feet apart. When a CLC load is applied to the weighbridge during a National Type Evaluation Program test, the NTEP tester records the displayed weight. If the scale falls within accepted testing tolerances, the scale has that CLC weight value recorded as the CLC on the Certificate of Conformance.

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The CLC rating is not a measure of weighbridge strength or rigidity, because weighbridge deflection is not measured in the NTEP test. It is irrelevant if the load weighbridge sags 1/10th of an inch, or 10 inches, as long as the scale weighs within the accepted tolerance. The scale’s CLC weight rating passes in either case. A high CLC rating could be given to an extremely flexible deck sitting on load cell mounts which are capable of accurately handling the side loading resulting from a severely sagging weighbridge.

The Rice Lake SURVIVOR truck scale line boasts a 45 ton (90,000 pounds) CLC rating. With most legal highway weight limits being a fraction of Rice Lake’s rating, owners of a SURVIVOR scale can expect a long lifespan through Continue reading