The vast majority of companies use hired vehicles for transportation. Organizing weight control for such a wide variety of vehicles is far from easy. In a previous article, we examined the organization of weight control for a company’s own fleet. For hired vehicles, the organization plan will be a little more complicated, since the parameters of the vehicle that arrived for loading are unknown.
To start, we need to clarify vehicle parameters. The best approach is to weigh the vehicle on axle scales and measure the dimensions. As a result, loading optimization will be as accurate as possible. The guidelines for correct measuring are provided in the following video.
The error will increase slightly if you take the standard sizes of your vehicle type (or a similar one) from the TruckLoader database rather than input the results of measurements. If you do not have scales at hand, take the vehicle weight as stated in the truck registration document, add 0.5-2 tons to it (depending on the year of manufacture) and use an average vehicle.
You can plan loading in advance and recalculate the result on the day of loading if an arrived vehicle is non-standard or heavier than expected.
If you have scales and a vehicle is loaded at maximum capacity, we recommend double-checking the result of the program estimations by weighing.
TruckLoader can be integrated efficiently to automate data input from the scales to the program, calculations and comparison of scale’s readings and program estimates for loaded vehicle.