Rail Scales


Rail Scales

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Rail scales tend to be one of the largest and most crucial scale purchases a business makes. In many cases, it is vital to your ongoing productivity and profitability. Given these factors, the dependability, accuracy, and ability to maintain a rail scale becomes critical when selecting the right product.

System Scale is proud to offer rail scales with a best in industry 10 Year Warranty. These scales, featuring PDX™ technology, include lightning protection with no junction box.

Whether it be static rail cars, weighing-in-motion, or a truck/rail combo scale, System Scale can work with you to find the right heavy duty weighing solution to keep your business moving. We offer a number of solutions that accommodate different axle types and a wide variety of rail car sizes all with the ability to weigh without coming to a complete stop via a coupled-in-motion rail scale.

Two Main Types of Rail Scales Available

There are two main types of rail scales available, each of which requires extensive concrete and track work. System Scale can help you evaluate your needs and determine the right scale:

Static Scale

With a static scale, the rail car is positioned onto the scale for weighing. The configuration for this type of scale is referred to as a "split platform design". Because the railcars are long, manufacturers provide two smaller scales with a concrete dead section between the scales. The railcar is moved into the correct positioning with one set of wheels on one scale and the second set of wheels on the other scale. Both scales are summed together to obtain the accurate weight of the rail car.

If you're interested in a static scale, it's important to know your longest and shortest rail cars in order to ensure all sizes of cars will fit onto the scale.

In-Motion Scale

An in-motion scale is the second type of railroad scale. With this type of scale, the car is not uncoupled like a static scale, but instead, the rail cars are coupled and move at approximately 5 MPH across the scale. These in-motion scales have sophisticated controllers to capture the train's exact speed, length, and weight while the cars are moving.

Revolutionary PDX™ Load Cells Make Rail Scales More Resistant and Reliable

The revolutionary PDX™ load cell technology has helped to make rail scales abundantly more resistant, reliable, efficient, and accurate. These load cells also provide a weather-proof body as well as continuous monitoring for even greater protection.

"Always On" PDX™ technology 

The PDX™ load cells use an "always on" predictive diagnostic technology that ensures rail scales are always operating at peak efficiency and performance. This unique technology sends real-time alerts for any potential issues your scales make be experiencing, including:

  • Weighing errors
  • Overloading
  • Environmental conditions
  • Network health
  • Enclosure integrity

Eliminate Clunky Junction Boxes

Clunky and problematic junction boxes are a thing of the past with the POWERCELL PDX™ load cell, which rids rail scales of issues like debris build-up, cables, and weather and environmental problems that vehicle scales are prone to experiencing. By eliminating the junction box and connecting the PDX™ load cells to each other via a simple network, the junction box is safer and is exposed to fewer threats. Electrical components are hermetically sealed and safely encased, ensuring the critical components are protected from all outside environmental threats.

Rest Easy With Built-In Lighting Protection Powered By PDX™ Technology

Lightning strikes can be a major issue for vehicle scales such as rail scales as they pose a large risk. But thanks to PDX™ technology and StrikeShield™, lightning strike issues that can cause major damage are now eliminated. Each load cell includes surge protection and a single-point ground that work together to prevent damaging lightning strikes from happening in the first place.

To learn more about PDX™ technology, download the guide.

10-Year Warranty Included

With your new scale investment, it’s important to ensure you’re covered should something happen down the road. With System Scale's 10-year warranty, you can be confident that your rail scale will be protected for years to come. Your rail scale investment is perhaps one of the most important business purchases that you’ll make, so working with a partner that you trust is a key component to your continued success. With our 10-year warranty, which is the most comprehensive warranty available in the market, you’ll receive:

  • 100% Parts
  • 100% Labor
  • 100% Travel
  • 100% Recalibration
  • Full System Lightning Protection

Make sure to ask us about our Preventative Maintenance program that is required to maintain your warranty.

Additional Rail Scale Parts & Services

Need additional products for your rail scale? System Scale also provides the following services and products:

  • Free design consultation and site review
  • Foundation construction
  • Traffic controls, lights, and gates
  • Remote outdoor printers
  • Outdoor unattended kiosks
  • Rail car management software
  • Remote readouts (scoreboards)
  • Intercoms
  • RFID solutions
  • Many more...

Let System Scale partner with you for all of your rail scale needs, whether product or service related.

Your Long-Term Rail Scale Partner

System Scale takes partnerships seriously. In addition to providing our customers with rail scale products and services, our team is also accredited for ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 so you can also rest assured that your rail scale is up to industry standards and is operating at its peak performance. Compliance, regulations and paperwork can be a major hassle for rail scale owners. With help from our experts, we can eliminate the hassle and worry.

Our skilled service professionals are available to help you 24 hours a day. If you experience an issue, we guarantee a 4-hour response time. Schedule your service now: https://www.system-scale.com/schedule.

For troubleshooting assistance, download our rail scales troubleshooting guide.

Ready to Learn More About Rail Scales?

Purchasing a rail scale is an important investment. To determine your financial risk involved in owning and maintaining a rail scale, download our Financial Risk Calculator.

Request more information or contact one of our dedicated sales engineers to learn more.