A simple to maintain on-board weighing system from Avery Weigh-Tronix will minimise truck downtime according to one of Scotland’s largest hauliers, Yuill and Dodds Ltd. The company operates a fleet of more than 100 vehicles.
Working with body builders Colledge Trailers, the company has opted for the Avery Weigh-Tronix system on eight new trucks to help keep maintenance and time off the road to a minimum.
Says Brian Yuill, managing director of Yuill and Dodds: "We have used on board weighing for fourteen years to maximise the load we can carry without overloading. The idea is to maximise our operating efficiency and remain legal.
"With more than 80 trucks operating we move a huge variety of materials. On board weighing equipment is located under the body of the vehicle and is subjected to an extremely harsh environment. We need a system that is robust to minimise downtime and is also generally fast and simple to maintain if there is a problem.
"We already use another system, which when it needs maintaining or repairing, requires a callout to a service engineer. This can leave the truck off the road for up to a day and ultimately affects our revenue and service to our customers.
"The Avery Weigh-Tronix system uses standard two wire, auto-electric cable for its data transmission which is easy to source. It means that we can complete simple repairs on the roadside ourselves."
"Another advantage is that the system is delivered precalibrated, so there is no need to set it up, unlike other systems."
Avery Weigh-Tronix claims that its on-board weighing system is the most reliable on the market. New digital load cell technology means that the number of wires in the chassis cable is halved from four to two, while a single two-core ‘daisy chain’ configuration reduces the amount of cable and eliminates the need for a junction box. The load cells clamp onto this ‘daisy chain’ cabling with only two contact points.
Reliability is also better because the temporary presence of moisture in connectors will not affect digital data transmission, whereas in an analogue system this would stop it working.
The company also has the largest nationwide service network for such systems with a team of more than 200 technicians.