A Volvo wheel loader equipped with On-Board Weighing.

Sweden-based Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) says its On-Board Weighing solution in load and haul operations is a game-changer for the construction industry.

The system displays real-time load data on the Volvo Co-Pilot screen in the cab to avoid under- or overloading. Furthermore, on articulated haulers, external lights provide a visual signal to the operator of the loading unit when the nominal load has been reached. 

According to a spokesman for Volvo CE, the On-Board Weighing offers a number of benefits including:

•  Increased accuracy and precision: One of the key advantages of On-Board Weighing is said to be its unparalleled accuracy and precision. Traditional methods of determining loads, such as weighing stations or scales, often involve interruptions in the workflow. In contrast, the real-time data from the Volvo system empowers operators to make informed decisions on the spot, optimising load capacities and reduces the risk of overloading. This not only improves operational efficiency but also ensures compliance with legal weight regulations, reducing the possibility of fines and penalties, he says.

Real-time load data is delivered to the Volvo Co-Pilot screen in the cab.

Real-time load data is delivered to the Volvo Co-Pilot screen in the cab.

•  Increased efficiency, lower fuel consumption and less wear: With On-Board Weighing, operators can load materials to the precise required weight, eliminating the need for unnecessary back-and-forth trips to load more materials or discard excess weight. This streamlined process leads to a significant reduction in fuel consumption, machinery wear and tear, and overall project time. By maximising efficiency, construction companies can enhance their bottom line and complete projects on schedule. The Operator Coaching app available together with On-Board Weighing through Volvo Co-Pilot with Load Assist further helps to improve efficiency.

•  Improved safety: Overloading equipment can pose significant risks to operators, other workers, and the machinery itself. On-Board Weighing helps ensure that each truckload remains within safe operating limits, reducing the likelihood of accidents and minimising the potential for injury or damage.

•  Enhanced payload management:  In load and haul operations, efficient payload management is essential for optimal performance. On-Board Weighing offers valuable insights into each hauler’s load, enabling operators to optimise payloads, balance loads evenly, and minimise idle time. Consequently, this efficient payload management leads to increased productivity, reduced cycle times, and better resource allocation.

•  Data-driven decision making: In today’s data-driven world, having access to real-time information is crucial for informed decision-making. On-Board Weighing collects and presents valuable data on material weights, load cycles, and operator performance. Construction managers can use this data to identify patterns, optimise workflow, and implement improvements where necessary. Additionally, this data can be used for accurate project costing, resource planning, and performance evaluations, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

•  Reduced environmental impact: Besides the operational benefits, On-Board Weighing also contributes to environmental sustainability. By optimising load capacities and reducing fuel consumption, construction companies can minimise their carbon footprint.

By adopting On-Board Weighing technology for articulated haulers, wheel loaders and excavators, construction companies can not only achieve their project objectives faster but also enhance their reputation as leaders in efficiency, sustainability, and safety in the industry, says Volvo CE.