How Truck Scales in Montana Are Essential Tools for the Oil Industry

January 4, 2018 9:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The American oil industry is facing an unprecedented opportunity to drill in largely untapped areas of the country, with new rules coming out of the federal government that allow for drilling in previously protected wildlife preserves. For instance, the oil industry is booming in Alaska, since the recent tax reform allows for the drilling of oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Though these new rules are surrounded by controversy, the decision has opened up the floodgates for oil companies and the infrastructure they rely on.

One of the most critical pieces of this process is the weighing of the trucks and equipment being used in the oil drilling and trucking process. Truck scales in Montana serve a number of essential purposes for companies in this arena. Here are a few:

  • Accuracy: When it comes to any business, accuracy is everything. From accuracy in accounting and payroll departments to insurance and inventory, well-maintained scales can make the difference between a profitable year and a bunch of headaches. Luckily, for companies in need of scale services, Rockwell Scales can not only fully replace old or outdated scales, it can also service and upgrade scales in need.
  • Payroll: When trucking companies pay by load weight, having an accurate picture of the merchandise being trucked is essential. With old or poorly calibrated scales, the numbers can vary wildly from truck to truck. Having an accurate scale is key to making sure drivers are compensated and that your company is not paying out too much per load. Remember, you don’t always need a complete overhaul to get your scales working properly. Sometimes, it’s as simple as having a specialist do some tests and make a few minor adjustments.
  • Inventory: When it comes to oil, volume and weight are the most accurate ways to measure inventory. Without a clear picture of how much oil is being taken from a site, the company responsible for the drilling may as well be throwing its money away. By keeping careful track of how much product is being taken, a company can accurately predict future withdrawals, expenses and profits. Depending on the weight being pulled and the state you are in, you may be able to exempt yourself from certain restrictions.
  • Insurance: Trucking, perhaps more than most industries, comes with the burden of insurance costs. With potentially deadly chemicals (like those in gas or oil), the burden of insurance can increase. Much like knowing the quantity of oil your trucks are hauling for inventory purposes, these numbers can also help to better inform your insurance broker. Depending on the amount of product you are hauling, your insurer may decide the risks of covering you are not as great.

Not only are Rockwell Scales’ truck scales in Montana extremely useful for weighing and measuring heavy and sizable oil tankers and transports, but for weighing and monitoring waste from drilling operations, as well. Feel free to contact us anytime for more information about our services or to speak to a team member about your scale maintenance needs.

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