Bark & Mulch Materials
Volumetric Truck Measurement is the standard unit of trade in the Bark & Mulch industry world-wide. Bark & Mulch, woodchip, topsoil, compost, peat, specialty garden mixes and other bulk landscaping products and raw constituent materials are carted by the truck-load and traded in cubic metres or cubic yards. Volumetric Truck Measurement is the volume of a pile of loose material loaded onto a truck (loose-measure). Traditional methods of determining loose-measure volume, including weighing trucks, weighing or counting loader-buckets, manual “level-and-measure” or simply counting trucks have proven to be often inaccurate and easily abused. Accusations of under-supply and excuses about “load settlement in transit”, moisture content and so on are an all too common feature of this industry.
With the LoadScan Load Volume Scanner (LVS) the arguments stop. The LVS provides fast, accurate non-contact load measurement with direct output in cubic metres or cubic yards. The LVS system reports the actual loose volume of the load as it sits in the truck at the time of measurement — regardless of how it was loaded or how heavy/wet the material is. This is surely the fairest measure possible.
The first Load Volume Scanner (LVS) was installed on a New Zealand mulch manufacturing site in 2000 and is now used in mulch operations around the world. As a monitoring system to check that loader operators are correctly loading trucks to target volumes and suppliers are supplying what they claim they are, or as a fully trade-legal measurement instrument the LVS system has proven to be an invaluable tool to every mulch operation that has installed the technology.
Bark & Mulch Applications and Benefits
LoadScan solutions for the bark and mulch industry combine low maintenance Load Volume Scanner measurement technology with reporting software and remote control options for smarter product management.
Accurate Load-Out Measurement
Measure outgoing loads of processed product more accurately and quickly than possible by traditional methods. The LVS system not only reports actual load volumes — it trains loader operators too. The feedback that the LVS provides to loader operators significantly improves accuracy and consistency of loading to target volumes, across all loader machines and loader operators.
Monitor Incoming Supplies
Incoming raw material load consistency and size improves when suppliers know their loads are being monitored at the point of delivery, even when invoices are generated at the point of loading.
Load Data Entry
The LVS system can manually collect additional load details such as product type, customer, supplier, order number, weight docket etc with each measurement
Real-time and historical period reporting for invoice generation or reconciliation and performance analysis with report generation in Microsoft® Excel.
Low Maintenance, Cost-Effective Solution
LVS non-contact measurement technology is low maintenance and does not require regular servicing or calibration.
More than just Load Measurement
- Determine product densities by combining measured volume and weight data
- Measure large-scale mixing quantities during batch production
- Load self-compaction and in-transit settlement analysis
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