When John Van Beek agreed to let his Peterbilt truck and flatbed trailer be the first test platform for trucking's newest alliance of satellite communication and on-board weighing, he had little idea that he was looking into the future of truck capacity management. Air-Weigh Scales announced today that the revolutionary new real-time interface between their AW5000 series of on-board truck scales and the Qualcomm OmniTRACS® satellite-based two-way mobile communication system performed flawlessly.
Air-Weigh scales with the ability to communicate with the Qualcomm system are now available for sale. The integration allows Air-Weigh's in-cab readout of axle group, gross vehicle and net payload weights to be immediately transmitted to fleet dispatchers over the Qualcomm OmniTRACS system.
As on-board communication becomes an accepted operational benefit, attention is turning toward enhanced data management in other on-board systems—such as on-board scales—that create advantages for fleets. According to Air-Weigh CEO Martin Ambros, the new interface gives fleet operators the first opportunity ever to completely manage load capacity. "By integrating Air-Weigh scale weight data with the Qualcomm QTRACS tracking software, the benefits of real-time weight management are expanded beyond the truck cab and into fleet operations and MIS processes," says Ambros.
"Combining the proven advantages of Qualcomm'S satellite communications system with the fast return-on-investment of Air-Weigh on-board weighing lets even smaller fleets dramatically increase equipment utilization and speed up the billing process," says Ambros.
Air-Weigh scales eliminate wasteful, and often frustrating, check-weighing time. And with the Qualcomm QTRACS software, Air-Weigh is now able to give dispatch the ability to identify and divert the closest available truck with 'room for the load'; confirm the actual weight of the shipment at the loading site; then transmit the billing data immediately for EDI paperless invoicing of the shipper.
"For example," says Ambros, "lets say a shipper in St. Louis needs to move a piece of freight to Los Angeles. He calls a dispatcher in Texas with an estimated load weight and size. That dispatcher uses the Qualcomm OmniTRACS system and the fleet's Air-Weigh on-board scales to immediately locate the closest truck with available weight capacity. After the driver loads the shipment, he gives the shipper a printed weight receipt, then transmits the actual weight of the shipment to the dispatcher for instant invoicing. This scenario illustrates how easy it can be to manage capacity and speed up billing—which all increase bottom-line profits."
According to owner-operator Van Beek, "This is definitely a system whose time has come. I think every operator will see the time, money and management benefits of dispatching by weight capacity."
Hi-Tech Transport Electronics, Inc. has manufactured Air-Weigh on-board scales since 1991. The company is located in Eugene, Ore. They manufacture two models of on-board scales for air-ride trucks and trailers: The AW5000 series for larger private and common carrier fleets that want trailer-swapping and communications interface capabilities; and the basic model AW4500 product line for owner-operators and smaller specialized fleets.