Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Van Overloads and How to Avoid Them.


Scrolling through the DVSA Twitter feed turns up some shocking incidences of overloading.


Vans that were up to 46% overloaded have been stopped and the operators prosecuted.

Overloading has a negative effect on all the major components of the vehicle. The brakes, steering and suspension are all adversely affected and pose a serious safety risk.

So serious is overloading that one removals firm was fined £48,000.00 for persistent offending.

A frequent claim is that there are not enough public weighbridges around anymore. That may be true but there are plenty of other options available especially if your work takes you to numerous loading points.

A cost effective option for 3.5t vans is Axtec OnBoard. Fitted on site in less than half a day, it shows all the information a driver needs all the time. Axle and gross weights are displayed as soon as the ignition is switched on. A full colour screen shows legal weights in green, anything over 80% is shown in amber and all overloads in flashing red.

Overloads can be reported by connecting the system to a tracking device or they can be stored in the onboard memory for later downloading.
Axtec OnBoard - Avoid Overloading YOUR Van

The system rarely if ever needs recalibrating but there is a simple customer function to reset the zero if necessary.

So no expensive visits by service engineers or taking the van to a workshop to be checked.

And if you change the van it can be de-installed and re-installed.

It’s a great way of avoiding a day in court and a hefty fine.

Are your vans running legally laden?

If you are unsure then contact us and we may be able to arrange a free on site survey or discuss your requirements in detail.

It’s a much cheaper option than an appearance in court.

Monday, 30 September 2019

How accurate is YOUR axle weighbridge?


The number of customers asking us to calibrate their axle weighbridges has risen sharply in recent weeks.

And all those customers are telling us versions of the same story – they don’t believe it is being done correctly by their current provider.

On being given the calibration specification being used, we were surprised to find that most of these axle weighbridges were only being calibrated up to 6 tonnes.

Given that most 44t artics have axles weighing 8t or more, calibrating to only 6t is bluntly, pointless.
There are two parts to getting a dynamic axle weighbridge calibrated correctly. One is to prove it works as a basic weighing machine. The other is to check that it does what it was designed to do – weigh axles on multi-axle vehicles accurately.

Testing a system with a capacity of 20t with only 6t of weights is far from sufficient to prove the former. And immediately throws into doubt the results from any dynamic testing.

Calibrating an axle weighbridge is not just a case of tweaking the indicator with a screwdriver. The concrete approaches and platform height are vital too.
Axtec have the only specialist test vehicle for axle weighbridges 


Yet one customer had documentary evidence that their weighing platform had not been lifted from the pit for nearly 20 years. So no height adjustment had been made in all that time.

Little surprise then that the systems are inaccurate. Some as much as 3t light.

Imagine the consequences of putting an extra 3t on your vehicle because the axle weighbridge had said it was underweight?

An axle weighbridge is unlike a simple platform scale and requires specialist equipment and knowledge.

Axtec have invested in a purpose designed test vehicle allowing us to calibrate systems up to maximum capacity.

But that is only part of the story.

Knowing what the approach levels are and being able to adjust the platform height are vital.

Maybe we can help you check out your axle weighbridge for accuracy?

Get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

Friday, 15 March 2019

A Day at the CV Show would be a day well spent.


It’s almost that time of year when anyone who has an interest in transport heads to the NEC for the CV Show.


For more than two decades the CV Show has been the go-to event for new product launches and if you head to stand 5G70 in hall 5 we will have our all new Axtec OnBoard Load Indicator to talk about.

Being able to catch up on new technology and new ideas is what makes the CV Show so important for those in transport.

For suppliers, it’s the ideal platform for reaching new customers and for transport operators it’s the perfect event for finding out how new ideas can make them more efficient and profitable.
Taking a day out to visit the show is rarely a waste of time.

There is always something new to discover and an excellent opportunity to compare products with many major manufacturers all in the same place at the same time.
We're on stand 5G70 from April 29th




Even in these days where much of what we buy is available on the internet, there are some products which have to be seen at first hand to appreciate what they might do for your business.

Vehicles have obvious attractions – you can sit in them, walk round them and try out some of the features.

But other products need to be seen close up and their features discussed too.

Axtec OnBoard is the most advanced system of its type on the market – but is indicating the load all it does?

Could connecting to a tracking device be a useful option?

How about storing overloads in the system memory?

Would displaying the view from a reversing or nearside camera?

These are all features available as standard which can improve efficiency and safety. But aren’t immediately apparent from just looking at a picture on the web.

But visiting a trade show, seeing the products at first hand and having a chat with someone who has specialist knowledge could be time well spent.

So make a note of the dates – April 29th,30th and May 1st and we’ll see you there.

Friday, 25 January 2019

There's more than one way to protect against overloads.


In a meeting with a client last week, it was interesting to note how much they had to do to ensure compliance.

And we were approached to help resolve any overloading issues.

The ideal solution would be to fit Axtec OnBoard to all their vans. Axtec OnBoard shows front, rear and gross weights permanently on a simple graphical and numeric colour display. And drivers do not have to remember their legal weights as the system does it for them.

Legal weights are shown in green, anything over 80% is shown in amber and overloads are automatically highlighted in flashing red.

But with the whole fleet 100% on short term hire that might not be the most cost effective solution at the moment.

But doing nothing is not an option and fortunately there is  more than one axle weighing system to solve a potential overloading problem.
Axtec Static Single-Axle Weighbridge

The vans should be fitted out with specific racking and a specific toolkit. In theory, no chance of being overloaded. But keeping a check on those vehicle weights is vital.

A good option is to introduce a program of spot checks and the Axtec Static Single-Axle Weighbridge offers a solution.

Using the same frame, beam and load cells as the dynamic systems used for enforcement, the Static Single is purpose designed for operators of 2-axle rigid vehicles.

Simple to use – instructions and weights are shown to the driver in his seat on a large display – and designed for a long life, drivers and management would be able to check that vehicles are not overloaded every time they leave the depot.

Quickly, simply and accurately.

Axtec offer the widest range of axle weighing systems available from one company and we always offer best advice for any overloading issue.

And the Axtec Static-Single provides a great solution in the right circumstances.