Two Additional Cardinal Scale Pit-Mounted EPR Truck Scales Give Terminal Ability To Weigh Greater Volumes of Freight
Major ocean transport company adds more Cardinal EPR truck scales and 210 indicators to expedite traffic flow for 600 truck weighments per day at busy Port of Miami.
Traffic congestion was becoming a major issue at the Port of Miami with a steady increase in export freight volumes over the last several years and the completion of a new underground truck tunnel leading into the port. A lengthy line of trucks were typically waiting to be weighed before entering the freight terminals at the port. It became apparent that a solution was needed to be able to move this increased traffic through the port more quickly and efficiently.
One of the largest ocean transport companies at the Port of Miami rearranged their container yard and came to Cardinal Scale’s South Florida branch office seeking a solution for its truck scale needs. Cardinal Scale had several meetings with Port of Miami officials and the ocean transport company’s personnel during which various yard and scale layouts were considered, including above- or below-ground scales, steel or concrete decks, network connectivity, and weight documentation.
It was ultimately decided that there would be two new inbound steel-deck truck scales installed below grade in deep pits. The deep pit request presented an important challenge: How to ensure that a 4 ½-ft deep pit would remain dry at just above sea level on an island? Cardinal Scale had stressed the importance of keeping the pit dry during the design process. Therefore, the ocean transport company contracted with an engineering company that designed and built an elaborate self-contained underground pump station, which was built adjacent to both scale pits to prevent the pits from flooding.
The ocean transport company decided to purchase two new 13570-EPR truck scales from Cardinal Scale, which were slightly modified to be installed in the pits. The pit design was chosen to save yard space, as well as, producing an easier and safer method for drivers and other personnel to move in and around the trucks. A steel deck was chosen over a concrete deck to avoid delays associated with the curing time of a concrete deck. The scales were connected to Cardinal Scale model 210 weight indicators fitted with 10/100 Ethernet cards and attached to P500 receipt printers, which were installed in two separate scale houses. The Ethernet cards allow them to communicate the weight data to their remote server and the ticket printers allow them to produce a hard copy for the truck drivers, which not only includes their truck ID, but the time and date of weighment as well.
The ocean transport company’s freight terminal at the Port of Miami operates 24/7, 365 days a year. It can now weigh more than 600 trucks per day with the addition of the two pit-mounted Cardinal truck scales. The ocean transport company has substantially reduced the weigh-in time for each truck, which in turn allows them to load the freight containers on the cargo ships more efficiently. The additional scales have led to shorter lines of trucks, thus improving the overall traffic congestion at the Port of Miami as well.
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