That is why we make our in-motion shackle scale. It is a non-legal-for-trade, steel monorail scale that is built to be very strong, and it allows you to get weighments for each carcass that comes in to the plant. This offers far more accurate yield calculations, which is important information for management. Still, there are a few issues to avoid.
There is an ideal place to install your shackle scale on your line, but often it gets put into a poor location. The scale should optimally be placed shortly after some sort of trolley indexing system and the outbound area should tend to move carcasses away from the scale. Having a poor installation location could mean that carcasses don’t flow correctly over the scale. If carcasses get too close together, the scale could have multiple animals on it at once.
To protect the scale against this, we created it with extreme durability in mind. It has a 5000 lb capacity, which is more than enough for the biggest animals. This ensures that it won’t experience any mechanical failure from multiple carcasses stacking up on the scale.
Another thing to be concerned about is maintenance accessibility. Often, the incoming monorail is rather high up in the air, and this is normally where you would install the in-motion shackle scale. A scale at this height could be difficult to get to for cleaning and service.
Many plants solve this by installing some sort of platform which is accessed via a ladder or steps. This provides a manageable and safe work area for any maintenance technicians.
Lastly, it might be difficult to avoid, but sometimes animals might have involuntary reactionary movements which cause them to jolt while on the shackle. This can cause errors and fluctuations in your readings. About the only thing you can do in this situation is use a weight indicator filter to decrease the noise in your data.
Our shackle scale can take a beating and still you give you reliable data
, so if you are looking for something that can handle weighing whole animals before going through the protein harvesting process, it is your best in-motion option.