Our customers are always on the lookout for scams to increase the weight of a load of material.
The usually occurs, but is not limited to, material purchased from retail vendors.
With ferrous loads (iron and steel) such as obsolete cars or white goods, we have seen sand, bricks and rocks placed in spaces that are hard to inspect.
In general, non-ferrous materials (copper, aluminum, brass, etc.) tend to be easier to inspect, since there is not a lot of places where dead weight could be hidden.
Recently, one of our customers was made aware of a very clever dead weight scam from one of their trading partners.
From the outside, the image below shows ordinary copper piping that is soldered together. Our customers buy this all day long.
Upon further inspection, the image below shows an AA battery was hidden in the tubing.
Upon detailed inspection and dis-assembly of the piping structure, many AA batteries were found.
It makes you wonder how many pounds of copper tubing may have been sabotaged in this manner, and how much money was paid for the extra dead weight.
Our ScrapWare software performs many functions to protect scrapyard owners from various scams that could be inflicted by retail or commercial vendors.
However, a scam like this could only have been prevented by additional vigilance of scale personnel.