So that’s the RWM show over for another year.
And as with every exhibition it threw up some interesting conversations.
One that stuck in our minds is a conversation we’ve had many times over the years. It was from a company who originally contacted us about three years ago. At the time they felt that they were best served by some portable weighpads which they bought from a competitor. Not a view we shared as we felt a more permanent solution would be a better option.
Unfortunately, as with many others in the past, they found out the hard, and expensive way, that weighpads weren’t really up to the job they wanted to do. Their weighpads spent more time away being repaired, recalibrated or awaiting parts than actually doing what they had been bought for.
Often seen as a cheap option, and there are plenty of very cheap ones on the market, - hand portable, no special installation work, simply park each axle on the one at a time – they seem the perfect solution for weighing axles.
Weighpads are ideal for many applications and we have plenty of customers who use them very successfully.
|Portable weighpads - great for some jobs but not for all!|
But for long term, heavy duty use by non-skilled personnel they are rarely the best or most cost effective option. Especially if they are cheap ones of which there are many on the interet.
Driver training and spot checks out on site are perfect examples of where weighpads score. When used by a responsible manager who is going to look after them, make sure the batteries are charged and ensure they are used correctly, they can provide very good results.
But even then they have a limited lifespan, typically five years whereas a fixed system can last for 30 years or more.
We’re happy to discuss and demonstrate weighpads with anyone who is interested in them. Even offer short term trials to determine if they are the right tool for the job.
But we’ve got a long and growing list of customers who have tried them, usually after getting poor advice, and found them to be wanting.
And that customer from the show – we’re off to see him in a few days to discuss a more permanent, less fragile solution for his needs.