Preventative Maintenance Procedures for
Rice Lake Weighing Systems
SURVIVOR®
OTR Series Truck Scales
A preventative mainte...
230 West Coleman Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868 • USA
TEL: 715-234-9171 • FAX: 715-234-6967
www.ricelake.com
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Preventative Maintenance Plan For Rice Lake Truck Scale

A preventative maintenance program is a key element in maximizing the life, performance and accuracy of truck scales. Maintenance frequency is directly related to the daily truck volume and axle loads of the vehicles being weighed. At a minimum, inspections are recommended every six months depending on equipment usage. A comprehensive program would consist of inspections in the following areas: • Weighbridge • Foundation • Load cells • Junction box • Grounding • Calibration and Testing A truck scale should be calibrated and tested by a state-licensed service agency using no less than 12.5 percent of the scale’s nominal capacity or 25,000 pounds of certified test weights. The scale’s calibration interval is determined by the frequency of use. At minimum, truck scales should be calibrated and tested every six months. Each section of the scale should be tested. Detailed test reports should be provided for the customer and government authorities.
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  • 1. Preventative Maintenance Procedures for Rice Lake Weighing Systems SURVIVOR® OTR Series Truck Scales A preventative maintenance program is a key element in maximizing the life, performance and accuracy of truck scales. Maintenance frequency is directly related to the daily truck volume and axle loads of the vehicles being weighed. At a minimum, inspections are recommended every six months depending on equipment usage. A comprehensive program would consist of inspections in the following areas: • Weighbridge • Foundation • Load cells • Junction box • Grounding • Calibration and Testing Weighbridge Proper weighbridge inspection is essential to ensure accuracy and consistent performance of a truck scale. Visual inspection of the top-deck surface, including welds, should be performed on each maintenance visit. Areas beneath the bridge should be inspected for potential mechanical bindings as a result of debris accumulation, loose bolts and misalignment of the suspension system. Debris or ice buildup between the approach bulkhead and the end of the scale, as well as between the scale modules, should also be checked and removed. Paint coating conditions on the scale should be examined and noted yearly. Depending on weighbridge design, geographical location, load material and environmental factors, removing the weighbridge from the foundation for sandblasting and paint may be required. Excessive corrosion could also indicate complete replacement of the weighbridge. Foundation A truck scale is only as good as the foundation on which it rests. Keeping the foundation clean and well drained will provide more accurate and dependable vehicle weighing. A quick visual check of sump pumps and drains should be done at least once a month. The condition of the concrete piers or slab and concrete approaches are very important for maximum equipment performance. Approaches to and from the scale should be level to ensure a smooth transition from the approach to the scale. The steel coping or trim on the approach head walls and/or pit walls should be checked for proper anchoring or wear. Areas around the load cells should be inspected for binding due to debris build-up. A minimum clearance of 0.75 inches should be provided between the weighbridge and the headwall and side walls when applicable. Any cracks in the concrete or evidence of heaving due to frost or poor soil conditions should be recorded and resolved immediately. Foundation issues are common causes for inaccurate scale performance. Load Cells Load cells should be inspected for damage to cables, cracked or loose connectors, proper alignment of suspension links and any accumulation of debris around the load cell stand-assembly. All cable connections should be checked and any corrosion and service- related cable splices should be removed from the system. Junction Box The junction box should be opened and checked for any moisture or corrosion on internal circuitry. The PreVent™ filter should be changed on an annual basis. Desiccant packs inside the box should be examined and exchanged on an annual basis. Cable connectors should be inspected and checked for tight fittings.
  • 2. 230 West Coleman Street Rice Lake, WI 54868 • USA TEL: 715-234-9171 • FAX: 715-234-6967 www.ricelake.com An ISO Registered Company ©2015 Rice Lake Weighing Systems PN 167680 02/15 Specifications subject to change without notice Grounding All ground connections are connected to a single ground point. At minimum, a 10-gauge wire should run from a lug on the scale to the single-point ground. Most ground locations are near the electrical power panel serving the scale equipment. Grounding Inspections 1. Verify the ground system of the AC power supply (consult with your local power company if necessary). 2. Check the weighbridge grounds. 3. Check bypass cables at each load cell and clean/remove any corrosion if necessary. 4. Check continuity of the single ground wire back to the AC ground. Scale manufacturers suggest a variety of grounding procedures including: • Single-point grounding • AC transient protection • DC transient protection • Determining AC ground • Transient bypass cables To avoid the existence of multiple zero references that can create transient issues with both data lines and weighing components, single-point grounding is recommended. Checking a single-point ground 1. Verify the ground system of the AC power supply. Using a multi-meter, check the resistance of the AC outlet ground to the actual AC power ground rod coming into the building. The multi-meter should read less than 1 ohm. Measure the AC voltage across the ground and neutral of the AC outlet. The result should be 0 volts AC, not to exceed 0.5 volts AC. Following both of these procedures is recommended; however, completing one of the steps above should allow you to evaluate the quality of the ground. If you discover grounding issues with the AC power supply, notify the building owner and/or the power company. 2. Check the scale’s grounding. Make sure the scale and all peripherals are connected to a transient protection device such as an uninterruptible power supply to deter voltage distortions. Use a bare, 10-gauge copper wire connected to the frame of the scale platform and the grounding lug on the junction box board, and run the copper wire back to the ground rod provided by the power company. The copper wire can be buried underground from the scale to the AC ground. If your scale utilizes transient protection such as an uninterruptible power supply, the device needs to be grounded to this wire as well. Make sure a braided transient bypass cable is positioned across each load cell mount to ensure electrical transients pass through the bypass cable instead of the load. Measure the resistance between the scale sections and the AC ground. The reading should be less than 1 ohm. Higher readings are typically caused by corroded connections. Check the AC power supplied to peripherals such as remote displays, printers and computers. A remote device may not have the same AC power source as the indicator; therefore, each device may not be grounded to the same point. Transient protection devices should be grounded to the same wire as the peripherals they are protecting. Measure the resistance between the AC power ground-points. The multi-meter should read less than 1 ohm. Calibration and Testing A truck scale should be calibrated and tested by a state-licensed service agency using no less than 12.5 percent of the scale’s nominal capacity or 25,000 pounds of certified test weights. The scale’s calibration interval is determined by the frequency of use. At minimum, truck scales should be calibrated and tested every six months. Each section of the scale should be tested. Detailed test reports should be provided for the customer and government authorities. CENTRAL CAROLINA SCALE, INC SANFORD, NC (919) 776-7737 http://www.CentralCarolinaScale.com

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