Scale Installations

Minnesota Scale Installations – Concrete Contractor

scale concrete contractorCommercial scales can be found in all types of warehouses and production facilities across the state of Minnesota, especially in businesses that buy or sell commodities or services for which the price is determined by the weight measurement. The state of Minnesota Department of Commerce, Scales & Meters division regulates commercial scales ensuring that customers are getting what they pay for. As a Concrete Contractor in Minnesota, we provide the services for commercial Scale Installations across the Twin Cities. We offer both new construction scale installation and also the installation of scales into existing buildings. Most of our scale foundations are done in existing buildings where the customer is looking to add a scale to their operations or replace an existing scale.

Installing a Scale in an Existing Warehouse Space

All in-floor commercial scales are slightly different in one way or another but the scale installation process in an existing facility is fairly consistent. Pit depth, scale width, scale length, access points, drains, foundation requirements and other variables are all things that can change from one scale to another. The existing electrical layout will also change from project to project because all buildings are different and set up differently.

Scale Foundation Information According to the Minnesota Administrative Rules (Department of Commerce): 

7601.4010 VEHICLE AND LIVESTOCK SCALE FOUNDATIONS. (Visit webpage for full details)

• Vehicle and livestock scales installed after December 31, 1985, must be installed on a reinforced, poured, concrete foundation.

• The foundation must be designed to support the weight of the scale and the anticipated maximum load on the scale without significant settling or cracking.

• Weighing element stands or bases must be securely bolted to the foundation. Space between a stand or base and the foundation must be filled with non shrinking grout.

MN scale installations - Concrete services• Pit-type scale foundation – for outdoor scales, the pit floor must have an effective drain system so that the pit floor remains reasonably dry and clean;

• Pit-type scale foundation – for outdoor scales, the foundation must extend below the local frost line.

• Aboveground scale; floating concrete slab foundation – The scale weighing element or elements must be supported on a monolithic, reinforced concrete slab. The entire slab must be at least 12 inches thick, and must conform to the scale manufacturer’s installation and reinforcing requirements.

• Aboveground scale; floating concrete slab foundation – The foundation must be constructed on soil that has a uniform natural or engineered soil bearing of at least 1,500 pounds per square foot.

• Concrete Sawing – Once the scale has been purchased from the manufacturer and the location is confirmed, the site can then be laid out for construction. Depending on the location of the new scale, proper safety and dust barriers need to be in place prior to the concrete sawing. Exterior scale installations rarely require dust barriers although safety barriers are required in all circumstances. After the proper barriers are in place our team then begins to saw through the existing floor creating a pit for the scale frame to fit into. The scale pit frame is typically in one piece with no field welding required.

• Installing the Scale – Pouring Concrete Once the pit frame is in place and secured and the necessary drains and slope are determined the concrete is then poured around and under the frame. Once the concrete has cured, the scale platform can be set into the frame and the construction portion of the project is complete. Non-shrink grout along with other things may be required depending on the scale.

Even the sturdiest scales can be compromised when supported by a poor foundation. When scale foundations are not constructed properly, the scales can shift and be brought out of calibration. If the movement becomes severe, scales become inoperable and costly repairs are needed. That said, make sure to do your research when finding the local concrete contractors for your scale installations.

Several factors need to be considered before construction takes place. The most important factors are the soil conditions and slope of the surface. If you need a solid scale foundation, Randahl Construction is your trusted concrete contractor.

Scale Installations – Randahl Construction, Inc.

Here are the foundations for which we provide concrete.

Floating Concrete Slab Foundation

A floating slab foundation, also called a full slab foundation, features a continuous pour of concrete throughout the weighbridge’s length. This is a cost effective option for those who need a sturdy foundation for heavy-duty scales.

Deep Pier Concrete Foundation

This foundation is great for colder climates. The foundation is partially installed beneath the frost line, which eliminates freeze-thaw conditions from compromising the foundation. Your scale supplier will assist you in deciding whether a deep pier foundation is suitable for your application requirements.

Concrete Pit Options

A pit foundation can be made in various depths, from as little as two feet to as big as six feet. The depth of your pit should be determined by local, state, and federal requirements as well as your particular needs for your vehicle scales.

Drainage Tips

When considering scale installation services, you should keep in mind that effective water drainage is necessary for the scale components to stay in good shape. Before you begin the industrial scale installation, make sure that the site has adequate runoff. Heavy rain or melting snow during the winter makes efficient drainage crucial.

If you’re getting a vehicle scale installed at your industrial property or warehouse, come to Randahl Construction for your foundation needs. We offer services for both exterior and interior pits. When you need concrete solutions, we provide.