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Weigh-in-motion scale with foot alignment features

United States Patent

March 5, 2013
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A pad is disclosed for use in a weighing system for weighing a load. The pad includes a weighing platform, load cells, and foot members. Improvements to the pad reduce or substantially eliminate rotation of one or more of the corner foot members. A flexible foot strap disposed between the corner foot members reduces rotation of the respective foot members about vertical axes through the corner foot members and couples the corner foot members such that rotation of one corner foot member results in substantially the same amount of rotation of the other corner foot member. In a strapless variant one or more fasteners prevents substantially all rotation of a foot member. In a diagonal variant, a foot strap extends between a corner foot member and the weighing platform to reduce rotation of the foot member about a vertical axis through the corner foot member.
Abercrombie; Robert Knox (Knoxville, TN), Richardson; Gregory David (Knoxville, TN), Scudiere; Matthew Bligh (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 732,594
March 26, 2010
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.