Weighbridge Driver Terminals and the Benefits of Weighbridge Automation Systems
When it comes to the world of industry, automation isn’t a new concept. Whether it’s automating different elements of the manufacturing process or automating communication systems, we’re always striving to do more by doing less.
The agricultural industry is no different, which is why this month, the Parkerfarm team are going to be talking about how you can go about automating your weighbridge and the associated benefits of doing so.
A few months ago, perhaps this point might not have resonated, but given that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, automation has never seemed safer.
With regular weighbridges, you need to make sure they are manned at all times. This is because someone needs to tare the scales and direct the driver – they might even have to hand documents to the driver. Of course, this sort of staff congestion could well be deemed dangerous in a post-COVID world, especially in agricultural settings.
Now the safety benefits of an automated weighbridge are becoming more obvious. There’s no need for physical contact between a driver and operator, and you can keep the on-site staff count down to a minimum.
Not only is automating your weighbridge safe, but it’s also quick too. An automated weighbridge offers an unmatched solution for managing incoming and outgoing vehicles, meaning that your company will be able to develop a reputation within the industry for speed and reliability. Again, this will be beneficial in a post-COVID world where many companies are held back by new legislation. You, on the other hand, have adapted.
While there might be an upfront cost for an automated weighbridge, in the long run, your company will reap the rewards. Not only do you not have to worry about human error when you opt for an automated weighbridge, but you also don’t have to pay extra staff to keep the weighbridge operational. Or, if you would prefer, you can redirect your manpower to different areas of your business to ensure it runs optimally.
How to automate your weighbridge:
- Driver-operated terminals: these terminals boast an easy-to-use interface for the driver which can be voice-activated, as well as a host of information on driver, supplier, weight and product. Ultimately, these terminals make for a smooth enter and exit process for vehicles that visit your site.
- Traffic management: to ensure that drivers enter and exit your site responsibly, you will want to look into automated traffic management systems. Coupled with the aforementioned terminals, you will have complete control over your site.
- Number plate recognition: ANPR cameras (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) can be integrated with your automated weighbridge software, affording your site an extra security layer that can be accessed whenever you need it.
If you’re interested in the concept of Weighbridge automation, Parkerfarm can help. We can provide all of the above elements of weighbridge automation, as well as support and aftercare regardless of the industry you’re in. For more information, get in touch with our sales engineers today, we’re always happy to help.