A weighbridge is a crucial investment for your site, serving as the foundation for client billing and compliance. Before making this important purchase, carefully assess your needs and involve your chosen supplier early for the best decisions.

1. Determine the Weighbridge Type:

  • Surface-mounted: Requires ramps, more space.
  • Pit-mounted: No ramps, less space, but higher cost. Consult your supplier for guidance.

2. Undertake a site survey

  • Identify underground services.
  • Address water table and drainage concerns.
  • Plan for overhead power lines.

3. Planning permissions

Weighbridges are considered mobile, often not requiring planning permissions.

4. Weighing on an incline

Modern weighbridges can handle inclines with proper installation.

5. Space for Maneuvering:

  • Consider vehicle turning circles.
  • Supplier site visits and simulations help avoid issues.

6. Determine Weighbridge Length:

Length should accommodate wheelbase, not total vehicle length.

7. Weighbridge location: Health & Safety

  • Keep weighbridge areas clear of pedestrians.
  • Prevent traffic queues at site entrances/exits.
  • Place wheel washers strategically.

8. Weighbridge automation

Explore driver-operated systems, entry/exit barriers, and more for efficient 24/7 operation.

9. Ensure your weighbridge is fit for purpose

Ensure the weighbridge can handle heavy vehicles, especially at entrances.

10. Look after your investment

After investing time and capital in a weighbridge installation, investing in a service and maintenance contract will minimize downtime and ensure that it keeps working effectively over its long lifetime.

In conclusion, a well-planned weighbridge installation is vital for your business’s success. Seek professional advice from your supplier for a smooth and effective long-term operation.

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