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Rusty's Weigh Scales & Service

Scales and Scale Services
Address408 N I-27 Lubbock, TX 79403
Phone(806) 747-2915
Pitless Truck Scales - Side Curb or Flat Top Truck Scale * Pit Type Vehicle Scales * Portable Truck Scales * Axle Scales * Rail Road Scales * Fork Lift Scales * Livestock Scales - Group Scales or Single Animal Scales * Portable Livestock Scales * Bulk Weighing or Seed Scales * Cotton Bale Scales * Automatic Self Testing Scales * Shipping Scales * Floor Scales * Bench Scales * Batching Scales and Systems * Custom Computer Software * Custom Applications * Crane Scale * Load Cells * Weight Scale * Digital Weight Controllers * Material Holding Bins * Belt or Conveyor Scales * Feed Truck or Wagon Scales * Hopper Scales * Scale * Weighing Scales * Check Weigh Scales * Bagging Scales * Bar Coding * Counting Scale * Shipping Scale * Electronic Scale * Platform Scales * Gram Scale * Printers * Process Controllers * Remote Displays * Digital Scale * Scoreboards * Weighing Scale * Tank and Vessel Weighing * Wireless Crane Scale * Fork Lift Scales *


Rustys Weigh Scales & Service, Inc. sells industrial scales, has developed modern computerized methods for scale automation and data collection, fabricates and manufactures customized scales, and provides scale service, repair, calibration, and certification. The company also offers similar services for cranes, including hoist and sling instrumentation and testing for compliance.
SD "Rusty" Jones did not plan originally to create the regions largest scale company. In fact, he worked for 17 years for a competitor who transferred the Plainview native to Lubbock in 1982 to operate the company shop. Agriculture setbacks that year forced the company to downsize and Jones was without a job seven months later. So he went into business for himself.

Besides the companys main office in Lubbock, Rustys Weigh operates service facilities in Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Clovis, New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Enid, Oklahoma and services a customer base that extends from Colorado in the north to the Rio Grande Valley in the south and from Dallas in the east to Arizona in the west. The company is licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma and has provided customer services in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Utah, Calgary, Canada, and as far away as Argentina, Africa and Brazil.

Typical customers include cotton gins, warehouses, and cotton oil processors; the fertilizer industry; feedlots; meatpacking and processing plants; grain elevators and terminals; oil field service companies; refineries; road construction companies; chemical companies; and food processors. One recent growth area has been providing scales to the growing number of dairies that are relocating in eastern New Mexicoand western Texas from California, Arizona, Wisconsin and East Texas.
The companys scales are frequently used in the commodity business where weight is the underlying mechanism through which goods are exchanged. Its products are also useful in mixing concrete to different engineering specifications and in conducting a running inventory of materials for oil field work.
The companys largest product is a 400,000-pound railroad scale. Its most unusual product is a truck scale that weighs up to 200,000 pounds per axle for a three-axle, off-road vehicle used at a uranium mine in New Mexico.
But what sets Rustys Weigh apart from its competitors is innovation. For example, the company developed a pitless truck scale in 1984 that can be mounted above ground on a thin slab of concrete. It takes up less area than traditional pit-based scales and is easier to access and clean, which means the scales retain accuracy. Rustys Weigh scales utilize an isolating material between all metal contacts so that lightning, welding, or electrical charges will not carry through to the load cell, the instruments most vulnerable component.
Everything we build is constructed from the servicemans point of view, Jones says. The primary people in this company started in service and came up through service, so all of our equipment is built to be serviceable in the field.
The companys scales have become high-tech instruments. For example, Rusty's Weigh developed an automated system for use in a cattle feedlot to unload the proper amount of feed for penned cattle. Feed trucks are equipped with an onboard scale, transponder, and communications equipment that utilizes modern computer technology to automatically measure the correct amount of feed for the appropriate pen of cattle.
Rusty's Weigh also developed a breakthrough system for cotton gins that enables ginners to tie the seed weight in cotton directly to the bale or module being ginned. The old system simply measured seed by volume, and there was no accurate way to correlate the seed and the lint after separation through ginning. This is something that needed to be done a long time ago for the farmer, Jones explained.
The farmer watched how much fertilizer he used, watched his water and the crop, then got to the gin and had no control over what happened. Were weighing the seed on a legal-for-trade scale now. Were doing it automatically, and we can tie it back directly to the bale the farmer brought in.
Accurate scales are the fairest method of protecting both the seller and the buyer. However, the condition of many older scales in use today does not necessarily provide accurate measurement, Jones notes. His company is the only scale manufacturer in the area to provide scale service.
In November 2003, Rusty's Weigh discontinued heavy capacity manufacturing (truck and rail road scales). Mettler Toledo joined forces with Rusty's Weigh to supply heavy capacity to laboratory to West Texas. Through the innovative designs facilitated by Mettler Toledo and commitment to providing the best weighing equipment in the world, from the world's largest scale manufacturer, Rusty's Weigh Scales & Service, Inc. has achieved success by providing a total solution to customer needs.
Excerpts from 1994 Interview with SD "Rusty" Jones for Lubbock: City of Land and Sky Publication

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