We’re proud to say that we were recently involved in a large scale weighbridge installation for the Huhtamaki Group, global specialists in packaging for food and drink. They’re so happy with the install and the service we provided that they’ve graciously given us access to this internal powerpoint presentation to share with you, our clients and future customers.
Their old weighbridge had been in place for about 40 years and it was not in good condition at all. It was highly corroded and the steel plating was distorted which created many health and safety issues. Also, the accuracy of the weight readings were outside the required limits for the bridge to conform to current standards. So, the decision was made to replace the weighbridge altogether.
To begin the weighbridge installation process the old bridge had to be removed, which involved cutting the structure into much smaller pieces. This was done by peeling back and removing the steel plates, then cutting the steel frame into sections and lifting it out.
An inspection of the existing steel frame revealed that it wasn’t suitable for the new installation and so it had to be removed along with all the remaining debris, in preparation for the new foundations. The next stage was to construct new concrete pads to accommodate the new bridge supports, six in total.
The new weighbridge arrived in two sections, each weighing five tons, and these were craned into position. Then, once they were positioned correctly, the two sections were bolted together. The new steel frame had to be positioned correctly to give the right height and clearances.
The frame was attached to the bridge by welded steel brackets to ensure correct position and height and concrete was then poured around the bridge to secure the frame and to reinstate the roadway.
The new concrete surface required seven days to cure properly at which point the Globeweigh engineer installed the load cells and made all the electrical connections. On completion the weighbridge was then calibrated to ensure that all weight readings were correct.
Now, the new weighbridge is fully in service!