Airline Freight Division Chose Avery Weigh-Tronix Forklift Scales

Following a successful trial, the airline contacted its local distributor, to expand the product into more facilities. Multiple units were supplied for the larger operations that typically handle over a ton of freight daily, made up of many pallets. Avery Weigh-Tronix installed the units onto the existing forklift trucks on location. This transformed the fleet into mobile scales that provide trade-approved weight verification of each pallet. Drivers can now lift, weigh and move loads in one operation, rather than make repeat visits to a remote floor scale, significantly reducing handling time. A company director said, “Our employees love the new scale. They can pick up the load, weigh it accurately and complete the paperwork. It’s a huge time saver.” The client now validates the declared weight of a pallet quickly, ensuring first-time invoice accuracy to the courier or freight forwarder and avoiding any loss in revenue. The total weight of all the pallets in a particular consignment is also captured; essential for precise fuel calculations and to assist with the safe and even loading of the plane. The company also added, “We can now handle more weight, without needing any more operators. Just three lift trucks fitted with the Forklift Truck Scales can achieve the same throughput as five vehicles visiting a floor scale.”

Forklift truck scales increase revenue by 1.5% each month

The instant legal-for-trade weighment of each load, provided by the Avery Weigh-Tronix Forklift Truck Scales, enables the customer to collect an additional 1.5% revenue per
month. For most of their terminals, a scale pays for itself during the first 30 days of use and every dollar collected after that is pure profit. The company is currently in the
process of outfitting all terminals with Avery Weigh-Tronix legal-for-trade Forklift Truck Scales. In addition to ensuring accurate billing, the scales’ accurate weight verification enables dock workers to load the trucks evenly and legally, which avoids overload fines, excessive wear on the vehicle, and unsafe operation.

Avery Weigh-Tronix Legal-for-Trade Forklift Truck Scales transform ordinary lift trucks into mobile scales that deliver instant legal-for-trade weight verification of each load upon pick-up. They are designed for industrial use, the field-serviceable scales feature solid steel Weigh Bar® weight sensors, a rugged electronic indicator, and an epoxy-painted scale carriage frame. The proven Weigh Bar technology connects the front and back scale elements, eliminating flexures, and reducing maintenance costs.

Do You Need To Always Have Forks Perfectly Level with Rice Lake CLS scale?

If you have a Rice Lake Cargo Lift Scale (CLS) on your forklift. Do you always have to have the forks perfectly level when taking a weight reading?

Until recently, Rice Lake CLS systems have been NTEP approved to +/- 3 degrees from level, and anything outside of that range would not display a weight. The majority of forklift masts will tilt back about 5 degrees and occasionally systems have to account for an uneven ground slope as well. To accommodate this, Rice Lake recently made some system improvements to acquire NTEP approval at +/- 7 degrees, giving newer CLS models the highest out-of-level compensation of any forklift scale on the market. And better yet, we achieve that accuracy with our simple 4-point calibration procedure.

What’s especially nice about this for operators is that they don’t need to change how they would pick up a load or safely carry it in order to get the scale to work. The improved CLS system will measure the majority of loads within a normal operating range.

Auditing Freight Bills

In a world where every dollar counts, more and more folks are scrutinizing every bill and every charge their company receives. Freight charges are no expception, that is why more customers than ever are investing in a heavy duty NTEP 4×4 Floor Scale. When you do find discrepancies with your freight carrier, don’t be surprised if it has to do with the readability of their scale.

Recently, I stumbled onto something that at first looked coincidental. I was auditing freight bills for a customer and I kept coming up with corrected weights by the carrier and the corrected weights all ended in either a “5″ or a “0″. One shipment contained 8 pallets and each pallet had a corrected weight that ended in 5 or 0. That intrigued me. Coincidence? I then researched and found that of 170 corrected freight bills due to weight changes, all 170 ended in 5 or 0.

My hypothesis was that perhaps forklift scales had something to do with this. I knew that carriers had been using forklift scales for some time so I decided to do some research. I contacted a few carriers and the manufacturer and learned the following: Continue reading

Become more efficient with a fork lift scale

Rice Lake CLS model fork lift scales are factory calibrated and delivered with innovative packaging that allows safe and fast installation. Compatible digital indicators can accept data wirelessly from the two-channel digital iQUBE® junction box, located on the scale carriage. Or, if you choose, the wired version communicates weight data via the coil cable provided with the scale. For wireless versions, the communication electronics are protected in enclosures mounted to the back of the indicator and in the junction box. Both models are designed with a separate on/off switch to conserve forklift power and will display battery hours remaining before a recharge is needed.

The CLS has a 5,000 lb capacity that is electronically and mechanically supported by two 5,000 lb stainless steel load cells and mechanical overload protection. The centering pin is welded directly to the scale instead of using mounting bolts that often break. The welded centering pin ensures proper Continue reading