26 May Top 5 Advantages Of Concrete Pitless Weighbridge
Weighbridges have evolved significantly over the past few years. Concrete weighbridges have become immensely popular and are being widely preferred over steel variants. In constructing platform or pitless weighbridges, RCC or Reinforced Concrete helps ensure the weighbridge’s durability and longevity. In addition, the scales have better load-bearing strength. Hence it is ideal for weighing heavy loads and vehicles.
Pitless weighbridges require minimum civil work. The ramps and foundation of the concrete pitless weighbridges are done with RCC so that the weighbridge can support the load without faltering. It also helps to keep the equipment rust-free. In addition, the use of transportable RCC blocks in the foundation of the pitless weighbridge helps to relocate it quickly to temporary sites.
Choosing a concrete weighbridge has numerous advantages. It offers accurate weight measurements and exceptional corrosion protection. Here are some of the top benefits of using a concrete pitless weighbridge.
Concrete weighbridges are more economical than steel platforms. The cost of material is nearly 40% less than that of steel. Furthermore, there is no requirement for excavation work in the construction and installation of concrete pitless weighbridges. Hence, this weighbridge type is very cost-effective.
Steel platforms vibrate and rattle when loads approach the surface. This leads to the loosening of the nuts and bolts. Hence, it requires periodic tightening. More, steel rusts faster owing to the changes in the external environment. On the other hand, concrete platforms have better structural integrity. Therefore, it requires much lesser maintenance than steel decks. However, it does show surface wear like steel decks.
Moreover, there is no waterlogging issue in the concrete pitless weighbridge, making it an ideal choice. The concrete deck also minimizes the wear on steel components like the links, stands, and load supports. It also does not require repainting. Hence concrete weighbridges are maintenance-free.
Because of the optimum design of the concrete pitless weighbridge, it has a better tendency to distribute the load over a wider platform area. The thickness of the concrete deck allows the axle load on the scale to distribute more evenly on the weighbridge, hence reducing stresses. The pin-point loading in the steel deck can result in “cupping” of the steel plate leading to steel fatigue and premature failure of the steel platform. The concrete weighbridge is a rigid monolithic structure that distributes the load when the vehicle approaches the platform to all six load cells.
As the concrete platform is a heavy mass, it can handle more weight with better stability. It provides better traction in wet or slippery weather than steel decks. No inverse forces take place on the concrete platform. It has four times the mass of steel, which makes it capable of resisting the longitudinal forces which the vehicle’s drive wheels create during acceleration. Concrete weighbridges use heavy-duty load cells. You can easily enhance the capacity of the weighbridge without incurring any additional cost.
Hence, concrete weighbridges are cost-effective equipment. In addition, it offers high strength, more excellent stability, and is maintenance-free. This is the reason why most of the modern pitless weighbridges have concrete platforms.