TruckWeight Sensors Offer Accurate, Low-Cost Alternative to Load Cells
- Published: Friday, 16 August 2013 13:51
TruckWeight introduced a new wireless sensor for mechanical suspension systems that provides off-road and severe service fleets with a low-cost and simple-to-install alternative to traditional load-cell systems for onboard scales.
With no modifications required, the new sensors may be easily installed on tandem spring, single point, camelback, walking beam and Chalmers suspension systems.
The sensors, when used with TruckWeight’s Smart Scale onboard scales, has been tested to be accurate within a range of 1 to 2 percent.
According to TruckWeight, the new
sensors cost roughly 75 percent less than
traditional, hardwired onboard scale load-cell systems, while installation time takes about one to two hours. Competitive systems that often require modifications to vehicle frames and/or suspension systems can take up to 12 hours to install.
“After five years of testing and development, we now have a valuable solution that is perfect for mechanical suspension systems in a variety of off-road applications,” said Peter Panagapko, president of TruckWeight. “This is a significant advancement in terms of the financial and time-saving gains that we can now offer.”
Panagapko added that the new sensors also are significantly less expensive to maintain in the event of a failure that can often occur in demanding off-road commercial vehicle applications, with the cost of a replacement TruckWeight sensor priced at roughly $80. Traditional replacement load-cell sensors are priced in excess of $1,000.
He added that TruckWeight sensors only require one hour to replace, while competitive sensors may take up to eight hours to replace.
Providing reliable off-road and uneven ground performance, the sensors allow for an accurate way for fleets to meet payload targets, maximize load efficiencies, and help eliminate overweight violations for a variety of applications for Class 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 commercial trucks and tractor-trailer combinations.
TruckWeight is a technology company focused on solutions to help improve the productivity, profitability and regulatory compliance of commercial trucking operations. The company’s wireless onboard scales for trucks, tractors and trailers gives fleets the ability to quickly and cost-effectively monitor payloads in real time.
Smart Scale, the company’s flagship product, is designed for simplicity and affordability.
Available for both air-ride and mechanical suspensions, it helps fleets maximize payloads, control loading and adjustment times, limit exposure to overweight violations, reduce chronic equipment repairs associated with overloading, and create a more reliable, safe and streamlined approach to loading and compliance.