A weighbridge is just like your bathroom scales albeit on a much larger scale. Bathroom scales are designed to show the weight of humans whereas a weighbridge can be used to measure the weight of much larger items. Most weighbridges are used to calculate the fully laden weight of trucks and commercial vehicles prior to them leaving a site. A truck is normally driven onto the weighbridge and accurate readings can be taken before it drives off again. Basically a weighbridge is just a giant scale that can be used on a host of different sites. You can have permanent weighbridges installed or opt for portable versions that can be used in multiple settings.
There are different type of weighbridge systems, some are sunk into the ground and others are raised off the ground. A pit needs to be created for a sunken weighbridge and ramps will be required at either end of weighbridges if they are raised off the ground. Both options work the same it’s just the appearance that’s slightly different. A surface mounted weighbridge is a very popular option mainly because the installation is fairly simple and it’s less expensive as well. However a sunken weighbridge saves space and it’s a good option to consider on a site where access can be a problem.
Most weighbridges are designed and built in-house by a company that manufactures weighing equipment. They custom build the weighbridge to their customer’s requirements and install them on site as well. There are plenty of UK based companies that manufacture weighbridge systems.