Almost every conversation we have with a new client involves the subject of portable weighpads at some stage.
It’s a common misconception that weighing even the largest vehicles just involves putting some plates on the ground and running axles over them.
It is though a much more involved procedure than that which, in many cases, is a more costly, time consuming and labour intensive option using weighpads than a permanent axle weighbridge.
Talking through a project that requires a dynamic axle weighbridge the other day, the client mentioned that they had portable weighpads which they used to monitor vehicle weights at depots around the country.
The pads were a useful tool for spot checks and driver training but were not without their problems.
The biggest bugbear was that it took two people plus the driver to weigh a single vehicle. And if the driver did it wrong, he had to go round the one-way system to do it again. Sometimes more than once.
A minor issue on the face of it but the procedure is tying up three people and the vehicle isn’t out on the road doing its job.
The pads themselves cost around £10,000.00 to purchase so that plus the labour plus the time element all adds up to a not insignificant ongoing cost to weigh vehicles.
So with a depot development in the offing it makes perfect sense to install a system that the drivers can use themselves in a fraction of the time.
With the added benefits of a longer lifespan, a permanent system can easily last 40 years against a typical lifespan of around five years for weighpads, plus far greater accuracy.
The permanent dynamic axle weighbridge is also future proofed in that it will not only weigh every vehicle type they currently run but any bigger vehicles they may obtain in later years.
As we always advise, weighpads have an important role to play but there’s often a more cost effective option available.