The road haulage industry relies on tractor-trailers moving vast amounts of retail goods between businesses and countries. Consumers, in turn, rely on the trucking industry to ensure that their needs are promptly met at any given time, keeping sales up and the economy thriving.
In order to ensure seamless road haulage, road transport regulators and large logistics companies can now implement weigh in motion technology.
How Does Weigh in Motion Help
Heavy lorries affect the infrastructure in several ways. One is that the road network can become crowded with large lorries, impairing manoeuvrability for other vehicles. Another is that the lorries crack and damage the roads, especially if they’re overloaded. As the roads deteriorate, so too does the quality of life for the locals, whose families and businesses depend on fast, reliable and safe transportation. Weigh in motion systems prevent overloaded trucks from accessing these roads, and so reduce road wear and tear.
Secondly, road maintenance is costly and time-consuming, and transportation departments need to budget for them using the most recent and accurate data. Motorways with increased heavy lorry traffic are bound to fall into disrepair quicker than others. They also generally need repairing sooner than expected, because traffic flow is accelerating at unprecedented levels. Using weigh-in-motion systems helps local authorities plan and budget more efficiently, saving taxpayers’ money.
Another reason to make use of weigh-in-motion systems is public safety. Trucks that have been loaded incorrectly are the most likely to cause trucking accidents. As these collisions can cause a tremendous amount of damage, haulage companies and traffic regulators need to ensure that the roads are kept safe with consistent monitoring, recording and law enforcing techniques.
What Is a Weigh-in-Motion System?
A weigh-in-motion system is a set of devices that record and measure the weight of trucks and other vehicles as they pass by. It enables road traffic control agencies, public administrators, bridge designers and research organisations, among others, to obtain reliable gross weight and the axle weight information from any static or moving vehicle.
A typical weigh-in-motion system includes sensors, charge amplifiers, measurement system, communication infrastructure and data archiving software. Depending on the type of technology they use, they can have a range of features and specifications.
The CrossWIM weigh-in-motion system, for instance, is able to collect a range of specific and useful data, such as the type of the vehicle, the speed, the number of axles, and the gross weight. It’s an efficient and accessible system that enables trucking fleets to turn to self-regulation, saving the time it would have taken to stop for compulsory weigh-ins, and making their deliveries even faster.
With a range of configurations that can be customised to suit any road application, CrossWIM features four quartz sensors per lane, two inductive loops, and an additional pair of piezo sensors per lane for extra accuracy. Thanks to its modular design, its level of precision can be tweaked as needed. The sensor layout can also be adapted to measure speed, weight per wheel and standard gross weight. There are three layouts to choose from: Entry-Level, Staggered and Extra WIM.
CrossWIM Software & Accessories
Powered by Microsoft compatible software, the CrossWIM system captures information for individual lorries. Operators at the weigh station can then store it, analyse it, and create their reports effortlessly online using the CrossWIM proprietary interface.
The Watchdesk application can be accessed by countless users simultaneously, so that weigh station managers can stream traffic information in real time, identifying offenders instantly thanks to detailed vehicle information being readily available. Law enforcement officials can also access this data using CCTV and license plate recognition systems.
CrossWIM is Expanding Across the Globe
With customers across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, CrossWIM technology is becoming increasingly relevant as road usage is accelerating. Even in countries that implement the technology but currently prohibit automatic ticketing, the decrease in road wear has been remarkable. It’s only a matter of time before advanced technology like ours becomes accessible across the world, in both popular and remote areas, benefiting local communities and society as a whole.