Unsung Hero: The Pit Truck Scale
Pit scales weigh and evenly distribute goods such as flour, sugar, and corn for commercial use or wholesale purchase. These scales are incredibly important in large mills that provide basic ingredients for large food suppliers or even the grocery store down the road. Some use specialized pit scales, trucks, and elevators for dietary needs (kosher, vegan, etc.). By using a pit scale they are able to do multiple tasks while preserving as much of the product as possible.
From the truck to the pit
The first step in a pit scale is pouring the goods from the truck into the pit. The truck parks over a grated area where the product will sift down into the pit. Once parked, the truck unloads the materials by unfastening closures in the truck’s undercarriage and letting the grains pour out underneath. When the truck is completely empty it pulls away and the cargo is weighed in the pit.
Sifting through time
From there the load is slowly sifted through the pit onto a series of conveyor belts. These belts take even amounts of the material to its next destination. For mills this may often mean going through processing (a more detailed sifting), testing, and in some cases packaging before moving on. If not the conveyor belts move the material to a grain elevator to be stored.
Grain in an Elevator
From the pit scale and onto the conveyor belt, some grains are moved into an elevator for safe and long-term storage. These elevators are sealed and regularly monitored to avoid contamination or damage caused by outside forces (weather, rust, etc.) There the cargo may wait for further processing or packaging. They may also be used in larger scale projects and may be placed on another truck before reaching their end point.
By using pit scales manufacturers and other companies are able to unload, store, and process goods quickly and safely. Pit scales also make it easier for the employees within the plant or company to monitor the quality of the product. This ensures a better and safer product for their customers. It also means there is less difficult labor such as hauling the cargo from the truck to the plant for the employees so they may focus on more important tasks. There is also less room for possible contamination due to human involvement or error. Since the pit scales, processing, and grain elevators are almost completely machine run, employees do not have to be concerned about tainting the materials.