What is your product?
The Apollo range of axle weighbridges offering slow speed and portable weighing-in-motion (WIM) solutions or static axle-by-axle weighing. This new range of axle weighbridges is now available from vehicle on-board weighing specialist Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS).
How does it work?
It will do the same as a conventional full size weighbridge but will also protect the fleet operator and driver by giving the weight of each axle and gross weight, advising the driver or operator of any overload – helping to protect its vehicle operating license.
Where would it ideally be used?
The Apollo systems can be used by anyone who runs vehicles from cars to articulated 44-tonne trucks as well as special movement operators, such as distribution and logistics companies, utilities and councils. The portable system is ideal to be moved from site to site as it can fit in the boot of a car and be ready to weigh in seconds.
How is it different?
It has the latest indicator displaying each axle weight and gross vehicle weight with a large internal database of vehicle IDs against their permitted weights. The touch screen is easy for the driver and operator to use and links back to the Traffic Office either by USB memory stick, ethernet or by modem for remote locations. Information can be uploaded and downloaded remotely.
What benefits does it offer?
All the Apollo range of platforms are built at VWS factories in Reading and Chesterfield. VWS manufactures all its own load cells in the UK and full traceability means less down time and more reliability with the support of its own field service team.
The systems are easy to use, vehicles just drive over. An articulated vehicle can be weighed in seconds.
The weighbridges do not obstruct the yard as they only measure 0.73m x 3m and can take up to 40,000kg. Point loading and being in a main thoroughfare is not an issue as they are regularly installed in toll roads overseas.
Where has it been used?
Toll roads overseas and fleet operators in the UK.
Portable systems from £3,000 and fixed installations from £7,000 depending on the operators’ exact requirements.
This equipment allows operators to know exactly how much product is coming in to or going out of the site. More importantly they can ensure that vehicles leaving the site are legally loaded, demonstrating due diligence and best practice in operating fleets and preventing prosecutions. Overloaded vehicles are also unsafe as the braking and suspension is affected, plus there is increased wear and tear on tyres and vehicle components, which means higher maintenance and repair costs.
What about maintenance?
VWS has a fleet of national service engineers so down time is kept to a minimum. It provides full extended service agreements but scheduled routine maintenance can be easily carried out. In addition, it offers a calibration service to ensure compliance to quality procedures.
What is its life span?
If maintained, the expectancy of the Apollo in-motion axle weighbridge is 10 years plus, subject to the site conditions.
How is it future-proofed?
Up to 16 axles can be weighed at one time, so the system will be capable of weighing vehicles in the future and with a capacity of 40,000kg per axle it will not be outgrown.
VWS belongs to a family of complimentary British companies known collectively as AW.co.uk which specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of load cells, weighing systems and traffic monitoring systems.