The LOADRITE X2350 improves productivity by accurately weighing on the go.
Lucas Total Contract Solutions is carrying out site excavation works for a project in Adelaide’s CBD. A Hitachi ZX330 excavator is handling all excess material from service trenches, retaining walls and other sources which is then trucked from the site. The site also contains some low-level contaminated waste which needs to be removed.
The client requires that Lucas Total Contract Solutions match the volume of material leaving the site with that going through the Southern Waste ResourceCo Adelaide weighbridge. In addition, the South Australian Environmental Protection Agency requires that the contaminated waste leaving the site is audited, ensuring the amount leaving the site matches that arriving at the city’s Southern Waste Depot.
The CBD location of the site meant that there was no room for a weighbridge to be installed, so Lucas Total Contract Solutions needed another way to keep track of the all the outgoing tonnages.
LOADRITE installed the X2350 onboard scales to the Hitachi ZX330 excavator to accurately measure the amount of material being moved. As the materials differed in density, LOADRITE was the best option for the job. By calculating the weight of each bucket’s payload, the system avoids any discrepancies that may occur when converting cubic meters into tons.
“The LOADRITE system makes it clear to all parties that what is leaving the site is actually what is being disposed of, as there is no discrepancy between the two,” said Rick Walsh, Project Manager with Lucas Total Contract Solutions on this job.
By matching the receipts from every load with the print outs from the weighbridge at the disposal site Lucas Total Contract Solutions is able to make sure that everything is in line. “It makes a very good audit/tracking system” Rick says.
Optimizing Truck Loads
The LOADRITE X2350 has also been a very valuable tool internally as it allows Lucas Total Contract Solutions to optimize what it loads into the trucks. “All trucks are on tonnage rates, and the drivers and trucking companies are pleased with this system, because we can now maximise the tonnage that we put into the trucks without overfilling them.” said Rick.
The system has consistently delivered accuracies within 2-3% or better. “Over one month we shifted about 6000 tons of material and comparing the LOADRITE system with the disposal site weighbridge, it was only about a 42 ton difference, which is well within our scope of works,” said Rick. “During the first five months, we probably handled around 70,000 tons, and at most it is within 3%; in one month it was just 0.8% out – it wasn’t even 1% out,” he said.
Meet client and EPA needs for material tracking
The LOADRITE X2350 scales have enabled Lucas Total Contract Solutions to easily meet the clients requirement to match volumes, along with the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirement to audit contaminated waste. The system will also be helpful when going for other contracts where the client needs clarifi cation on the amount of material moved.
LOADRITE X2350 Onboard Scales
The LOADRITE X2350 improves productivity by accurately weighing on the go, and displaying the payload information on an easy-to-read indicator screen in an excavator’s cab or on a printer docket.
The X2350 can deliver real financial benefits for any excavator loading application. The flexible feature set means it is suitable for common bucket excavator applications.