Volumetric Scanning: the Automated and Affordable Way to Measure Load Volume in the Mining Industry


Volumetric scanning has become the primary weighing technology in the rail, mining, and aviation industries. Volumetric scanning uses an elevated scan head that analyses the materials from the ground up, ensuring uniform weight distribution, lower maintenance costs and no overloading. Trakblaze’s volumetric scanners come in two varieties and are fitted specifically for optimal rail and mining use.

They both have a user-friendly interface and include various design aspects, scanning specs, and software capabilities. Not only is this a result of meticulous engineering and software innovation, but it has become the industry benchmark.


The capacity of Trakblaze’s mining truck volumetric scanner (TVS) to measure bulk loose solids is a sure-fire way to increase payloads and improve your reporting accuracy. Similar to the rail volume scanner (RVS), the scanner conducts thousands of distance measurements per second and transmits the critical data to the operator. The procedure begins with the creation of a 3D model (known as the empty vehicle profile), in which an empty truck is scanned into the system to serve as a benchmark for future dump trucks. The load volume is calculated on successive scans by comparing each new load to the empty vehicle profile, which offers a replicable and consistent method for comparing the contents of a loaded vehicle to an empty scan.

The following are the main advantages of volumetric scanning: 

Highly Accurate Measurements

Using drive-through and non-contact scanning, volumetric scanners ensure accuracy. It scans an empty truck and saves its unique information to a database. When the truck arrives at the loading dock, a volumetric scanner calculates the load volume by comparing the volumes of an empty and filled vehicle. It also considers moisture content, loading changes, and compaction- all of which can lead to erroneous feedback when other techniques are utilised.

Reporting and Real-time Scanning 

For both the mining and rail industries, receiving immediate load data is crucial. The volumetric scanner has the potential to prevent any overloading or under loading concerns that might result in revenue loss. During the process, you will do real time reports with the help of the latest software. Vehicles such as trucks and locomotives undergo auto-scans as they pass through the scanner, and in less than 10 seconds, a full report is completed.

Load Optimisation With 3D Profiling

The primary purpose of the weighing system is to optimise the load. The volumetric scanner gives a 3D volume profile of each load in aid of showing you the load location, carry-back, and material compaction. As a consequence, truck and rail load capacities are thoroughly analysed when safety, overloading, and under loading are taken into account.

Volumetric load scanners, unlike full draft weighbridges, do not need considerable site work and are simple to install. They can be utilised as cost-effective and transportable equipment for smaller venues. Conversely, this sophisticated weighing system is perfect for multi-site operations. Get in touch with Trakblaze if you wish to enhance your site’s measuring procedures whilst receiving accurate and rapid real time data.

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