ON-BOARD SOLUTION'S BLOG
We caught up recently with Mike, an experienced front end garbage truck driver in South Florida, whose truck is installed with MOBA on-board scales. Knowing the weight of what he’s hauling can mean the difference in wear and tear and even possible fines and tickets from overloading, costing time, resources and money. Here is what Mike had to say about his experience using MOBA’s on-board scales.
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Using on-board scales can be a great way to reduce costs and increase profits for your vocational truck operation. But if you are unsure of the benefits that on-board scales offer, it may be hard in your mind to justify the cost.
On-board scales are an investment with users reporting an average payback of 6 months or less. Not a bad ROI.
Here are seven top benefits of on-board scales you should consider.
- Eliminate Overweight Fines: The main reason that on-board scales were developed years ago and are still a big benefit today. If overweight tickets are adding up, it’s time to eliminate that cost.
- Haul the Maximum Legal Load: The down side to avoiding overweight issues is loading trucks too light. On-board scales help optimize the capacity of every load.
- Reduce Maintenance Costs: Constant overloading prematurely wears out truck and trailer components such as brakes, springs, frames, etc. What is the cost of constantly buying new trucks to replace prematurely worn-out ones?
- Increase Safety: Imagine being the driver’s seat trying to control a truck that is grossly overloaded. Keeping weight within legal limits allows braking distance to remain constant and tracking around corners to be more predictable.
- Retain Good Drivers: One of the best ways to combat the driver shortage is by working to retain drivers. A fleet culture that demonstrates efforts to keep gross load weights in check, shows drivers that you care.
- Weigh Individual Pick-ups: In addition to overweight/underweight impacts, a need for knowing individual customer pick-up weights is also critical for many companies.
- Reduce Liability Exposure: Do an internet search today of three words… “overloaded, truck, wreck”. Read the latest news articles. Just the list of law firms that advertise fighting for the rights of drivers who have been injured in truck accidents, is a real eye-opener. Isn’t it time to eliminate that risk?
The key to a successful on-board scale program is to conduct a pilot program. In other words, commit to purchasing 1-2 systems to test and measure the results for a month or two. Maybe now is the time to give it a try on your trucks?
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In an earlier blog post, we discussed the history and growing acceptance of on-board weighing in the United States throughout the years. We stated that weighing hardware components are typically comprised of either load cells (higher accuracy) or secondary type sensors. While secondary sensors have been accepted in recent years to monitor general truck overloads, load cells are making a comeback for many on-board applications.
When the goal is simply to avoid overloading a truck and/or trailer, a lower cost sensor such as an axle transducer, air pressure sensor or inclinometer might do the job. But what about an application where higher accuracy is required?
What is a Load Cell?
A load cell is an electro-mechanical sensor used to measure force or weight. It has a simple yet effective design which relies upon the well-known transference between an applied force, material deformation and the flow of electricity. In other words, they are primary force measurement devices used to create an electrical signal whose magnitude is directly proportional to the force being measured.
They simply are a great tool to obtain accurate weight.
Considering The Need
Years ago, the only on-board scale systems offered in the US trucking market were load cell based systems. Some truck operators began accepting lower cost and less accurate systems designed only to avoid overloading. But, for many applications, the need for high accuracy has never disappeared.
Consider a grapple truck operator that needs to know the weight of each pick-up along his route for reporting purposes. The best method for getting this information is…you guessed it…to install a load cell system.
What About You?
So what is your application?
If you need to know individual pick up weights and/or know precisely what your gross load is, feel free to call us anytime. We can custom fit a solution to your specific needs.
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