3 Types of Vehicle Weighing Equipment Explained

Vehicles come in all manner of shapes and sizes. The same holds true for vehicle weighing equipment.


Due to the multitude of different vehicles operating in both a consumer and commercial capacity, there simply can’t be a one-size-fits-all solution.

Because of this, there’s a wide range of effective vehicle weighing scales and weight indicators available which work to achieve a variety of different results.

The following are 3 of the most common types of vehicle weighing equipment available and a short explanation to their uses:


1. Weighbridges

Weighbridges are large platforms upon which a range of different vehicles can be parked and subsequently weighed.

These provide an ideal solution for measuring the weight of large industrial vehicles such as delivery trucks and articulated lorries due to their robust design and the ability to choose between pit and surface-mounted variants depending on preference and intended use.

This type of machinery is common in applications where the net weight of vehicles is used to determine the price of a product, applicable tax and other financial metrics.

Optional driver-operated accessories can also be installed to allow measurements to be taken without the need for remote access. This helps to decrease the time associated with each weigh and enables more vehicles to be processed in a given timeframe.

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2. Axle Weigh Pads

Axle weigh pads, as the name implies, are used to identify the weight imposed on each of a vehicle’s axle. This information can then be taken to ascertain whether there are any balancing issues which need to be corrected.

Poorly balanced axle weight can present a serious problem for vehicles in terms of both safety and adherence to relevant legislation.

Overloading a particular axle of a car can result in the vehicle becoming difficult to manoeuvre and may even causes crashes in more serious cases.

Furthermore, vehicles which exceed the maximum weight limits of their axles are at risk of incurring financial penalties and even a court summons if these limits are surpassed by 30% or more.


Axle pads can also help to save your company money by ensuring your fleet is operating economically and at maximum efficiency.

When a vehicle is overloaded, its engine will inevitably require more fuel to complete journeys of a specific distance. By using axle pads to monitor and regulate the gross weight, you can minimise the associated fuel costs and increase your profitability.

Learn more about the benefits of axle pads by clicking here.


3. Weight Indicators

Whilst weight indicators are not able to measure the weight of vehicles themselves, they are a highly important piece of supplementary equipment.

Weight indicators are used to clearly display the data obtained by your scales in a separate, specialised terminal with high resolution, segmented screens – many of which can be controlled simply by touch.

High end indicators are able to connect to multiple load cells simultaneously and, in the case of the 3590ETKR Touch Indicator, this number can be as high as 16.

More than just a simple display unit, the screens can also be customised to provide bespoke readouts – perfect for advanced applications where multiple sets of data are captured during a single operation.

Furthermore, many weight indicators can easily integrate with various software packages, making the overall turnaround process for weighing, reporting and data analysis altogether much quicker.

These are just three of the many types of equipment used in the weighing industry to obtain accurate, efficient weighing measurements.

Want to know more? Click here to learn everything there is to know about vehicle overloading.


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