Road and earthworks contracting company, SEE Civil has made significant savings following the installation of on-board weighing systems from LOADRITE NSW in its fleet of Komatsu loaders.
On board weighing systems for wheel loaders can dramatically improve efficiency while reducing costs, especially for projects that would otherwise require the installation of a mobile weighbridge.
The Loadrite L-2180 on-board weighing system provides accurate and consistent results direct from the loader, helping operators avoid costly overloading without the need for a weighbridge.
According to SEE Civil’s Operations Manager, Ross Smith, the L-2180 loader scales were introduced to the Komatsu fleet two years ago to avoid having to install a mobile weighbridge at a leased quarry near a job site in northern New South Wales.
He explained that SEE Civil was contracted to supply and deliver pavement materials for the $40 million Alstonville bypass project, which called for a specific road base called chert. The company found a chert resource in a quarry at Wardell, 30km away from the job site.
SEE Civil leased the quarry and set up a mobile crushing and screening plant. During the course of the 12-month project, 300,000 tonnes of material were loaded to enable completion of the bypass.
Since the company wanted to avoid the costs associated with installing a mobile weighbridge, Loadrite loader scales were fitted to their fleet of Komatsu WA500 and WA480 loaders, which were used on site to fill the trucks with various materials.
The installation of the Loadrite loader scales helped SEE Civil gain on several fronts. While set-up costs for the project were significantly reduced, the scales also helped increase productivity by ensuring each truck was carrying the optimum weight at any one time.
Over one hundred 32-tonne trucks were being loaded daily with up to nine different materials ranging from top and bottom course road base to drainage aggregates of varying sizes and drainage blanket materials, with the Loadrite scales playing an integral role in the success of the project.
Software to transmit Loadrite data directly to MYOB was also installed to reduce the time spent on inputting the data for invoicing. Information captured via the Loadrite scales including the type of material, weight and destination was exported at the end of each day into an offsite database program, which integrated with MYOB to generate invoices as required.
Impressed by the capabilities of Loadrite, SEE Civil now uses their systems on all major job sites.