What Methods are Used to Weigh Containers and Cargo?
There are two main ways to weigh containers and cargo — either using a weighbridge or container weight sensors.
Weighbridges are like big, heavy-duty bathroom scales for trucks. They’re big enough to weigh entire trucks, trailers, and even trains. You’ll usually find them at places like ports and terminals, where there’s a need to weigh large vehicles.
On the flip side, container weight sensors are smaller gizmos that you can attach to individual containers. They let you weigh the contents of a container without having to weigh the entire vehicle.
But, like most things, several factors can mess with the accuracy of a weighbridge or sensor. This can include the type of scale being used, the weight of the vehicle or container, the amount of cargo being weighed, and even the environment where the weighbridge or sensor is set up. For instance, really windy conditions might make a weighbridge spit out an inaccurate reading.
To make sure weighbridges and sensors are always on the money, it’s crucial to calibrate them regularly. This can be done using certified weights or by comparing the readings from multiple scales. It’s kind of like making sure your bathroom scale is always correct so you can trust the weight it gives you