More than 45 exhibition trailers at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, March 21-23, are equipped with Air-Weigh's new, stand-alone self-weighing trailer scale designed to give operators an accurate, affordable and reliable display of their on-the-ground weight.
The Air-Weigh trailer scale is calibrated to the specific characteristics of each manufacturer's trailer and displays weight to the closest 100 pounds or kilograms. The scale is mounted on a frame rail or bracket for easy viewing. All self-weighing trailer scales automatically communicate their trailer weights to Air-Weigh equipped tractors for in-cab display of axle weights, GVW and net payload.
Trailer manufacturers demonstrating the self-weighing trailer scale on their show trailers include Benson, Chaparral, Doonan, Fontaine Flatbed and Specialized, Great Dane, Hyundai Translead, IMCO, Innovative, J & J Truck Bodies, Landoll, Liddell, M. H. Eby, Manac, Mauer, Peerless, Ravens, Reinke, Rhodes, Transcraft, Utility, Wilkens, Wilson and XL Specialized.
"Dial-type air gauges have been used since the early '70s, but very few operators have been able to consistently rely on their accuracy to eliminate expensive check-weighing," said Peter Powell, Air-Weigh's vice president of marketing. "The Air-Weigh trailer scale measures the air suspension's pressure, much like an old-style air gauge, but displays actual weight with incredible accuracy. The precision of a digital display means that even the least experienced driver can always rely on Air-Weigh for accuracy.
"The Air-Weigh trailer scale saves the average operator thousands of dollars per year by eliminating the excessive costs associated with check-weighing: out-of-route miles, wasted time and fees. It provides an accurate indication to the operator that he's fully loaded and can head right to the on-ramp without fear of being overweight.
"Let's assume an operator check-weighs just three loads per week," Powell said. "The operator goes out of route to the scale one mile each time and is delayed only 30 minutes at the truck stop scale. That wasted time equals 30 miles down the road and is worth about $30 to the owner-operator.
"Add to it the $1 a mile for out of route miles and the $7 scale fee, and you've got a check-weigh operating cost of $38 per check-weigh. On three loads a week, that is more than $100 per week and $5,000 per year. An operator pays for a $625 Air-Weigh trailer scale in less than three months. That's a return on investment that every trucker in America can understand."
As an integral component of the complete AW5700 on-board scale system, the Air-Weigh trailer scale is ready for actual weight data, in-cab display, printers and download to on-board communications, net payload, GVW and the other benefits of on-board scales. It transmits from trailer to tractor via the Air-Weigh multiplexing network. This enables components to communicate over the truck's existing blue wire circuit, so a second connector between trailer and tractor is not required.
The company says Air-Weigh trailer scale is easily installed in less than 15 minutes on newer U.S. and Canadian trailers with standard ABS wiring harness, which provides for plug-and-play electrical connections. It can be mounted directly to the frame rail or suspended from a van's side rail with an optional mounting bracket.