Protect Roads Using Weigh-in-Motion System
One of the industries that contribute greatly to the economy today is the trucking industry. Big-rig trucks work around the clock to ensure that consumer goods are in stores. These trucks are also used to transport construction materials to support both residential and commercial building projects.
Expenses of Operating Heavy Trucks
Unpredictable Replacement Schedules and Road Repairs
Departments that are in charge of transport are supposed to plan budgets carefully for road maintenance. However, trucks carry heavy weights that destroy highways sooner than expected. All these uncertainties hamper careful budget planning.
Increased Wear and Tear of Roads
A recent statistics report by the Federal Highway Administration stated that more than 30 percent of the roads around the country are in an average or poor condition. Most experts stated that the use of heavy trucks on highways and state roads was the main cause of substandard roads.
When roads are destroyed and maintained poorly, the quality of life for business owners and residents is compromised. However, recent technological inventions such as Cross Weigh in Motion System (CrossWIM) can help.
How Cross Weigh in Motion System Works
Software and Accessories
This system is operated by software that are well-matched with some Microsoft products. This enables the system to trap information about passing trucks. CrossWIM has a web-based interface that assists the weigh station operators in storing, analyzing and also creating reports.
The system is built to allow several users to access the main application through it’s Watchdesk. Managers in the weigh station receive real-time alerts about any truck drivers violating traffic rules. Using the system, the managers can retrieve detailed information about the vehicle and the driver for more action.
The CrossWIM system can be accessed easily by law enforcers. It can help them acquire license plates through the plate recognition systems. Other accessories that can assist highway patrol officers include video cameras and plate recognition systems.
Special Features of the System
CrossWIM system helps to meet client’s demands due to its customizable configurations. The design of the system includes four quartz sensors and two inductive loops per each lane. The system’s full design also has two additional piezo sensors in each lane to increase accuracy and functionality.
Because each state has different transportation rules, CrossWIM is built using a modular design that has different levels of precision to meet the requirements of transportation departments in every region. The sensors in the system operate in layouts that can measure gross weight, speed, and weight per every wheel.
Some of the layouts available include:
- Entry Level WIM
- Staggered WIM
- Extra WIM
Benefits of the CrossWIM system
Road safety is the top priority of both government regulatory agencies and trucking companies. The primary cause of trucking accidents is wrongly loading or overloading trucks. However, through Cross Weigh in Motion systems, it is possible to identify early and reduce cases of improperly loading and overloading trucks.
Additionally, CrossWIM truck monitoring system can help reduce road wear and tear that is caused by overweight trucks. It is able to do so by collecting detailed data of the vehicle including:
- The type of vehicle
- Number of axles it has
- The speed
- The gross weight
CrossWIM is efficient and enables trucking companies to become self-regulating. Because CrossWIM is very accurate, most fleet operators are aware that overweight trucks can be detected and fined heavily according to state laws. This means that trucks that are compliant don’t have to stop for weigh-ins.
Highways and roads that are well-maintained last longer and save tax payers money that would have been used on expensive repairs. Therefore, using data collected from CrossWIM systems, informed decisions involving transportation tax laws can be made. Analysts are now using this information to plan road maintenance budgets.