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ONBOARD WEIGHING

Posted: August 1, 2014

Vishay Precision Group says its VPG On-Board Weighing division has expanded its offering to include TruckWeigh, a new overload-monitoring and payload maximisation system for medium- and high-capacity vehicles greater than 7.5 tonne, about 8 tons.

Designed for easy installation, the company says the system’s solid-state axle-deflection sensors have no moving parts to keep the system from slipping out of calibration due to mechanical wear.

TruckWeigh combines VPG’s patented axle transducer technology and air-pressure sensors to protect against overload in vehicles with mechanical and/or air-spring suspension. It’s said to be compatible with a broad range of trucks, tractors, and trailers to maximize payload; optimize fuel consumption; protect against axle and gross overload; avoid fines and overload endorsements; reduce vehicle wear and tear; and minimize safety risks.

The system displays weight with no driver intervention, is claimed to feature “up to 3% accuracy”, and supports capacity (GVW) up to 60 tonnes. The kit installs quickly and easily into new or existing vehicles without welding and without heavy mechanical assemblies, with easy two-step calibration, says VPG. It’s also self-diagnostic.

Suitable for both DIN radio slot and dash mount, the TruckWeigh indicator displays the loading conditions of each axle, axle group, and/or complete vehicle. This system also includes trailer identification functionality, negating the need for recalibration every time the trailer is swapped.

For continuous remote monitoring, TruckWeigh can also be linked to third-party-compatible tracking and fleet-management systems to relay the vehicle loading condition to the depot. TruckWeigh is available with an optional external alarm sounder and a hand-held remote display unit displaying the weight reading when the driver is away from the meter. Another option is a thermal or heavy-duty printer connected via RS232, with custom printer header, that prints out the time, date, weight, and ID number.

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