A clever idea for Volvo F-Series articulated haulers – onboard weighing – yields a prestigious award at the Intermat 2012 Innovation Awards.
The members of the Intermat 2012 Innovation Awards jury know a bright idea when they see one. That’s why, from a crowded pool of more than 80 entries, they chose the new Volvo on-board weighing (OBW) system for F-Series full-suspension articulated haulers as a top innovation in the industry last month.
The Intermat Innovation Awards honor the most innovative equipment and techniques in the industry. Winners are chosen by a jury that, under the chairmanship of the president of the French National Federation of Public Works, declared Volvo the winner to an audience of international journalists gathered for Pre-Intermat held in Paris in January.
The OBW system provides operators with unprecedented insight into machine productivity. Using pressure sensors, the system monitors statistics like load weight and tons-transported-per-liter of fuel, and relays this information to software integrated into the machine’s electronics. From there, it shows up in the operator’s display and can be accessed via the Internet, thanks to CareTrack. With this information at their fingertips, operators and fleet managers are better able to manage productivity and prevent overloading, which, in turn, will limit machine wear, tire damage and excess fuel consumption.
But the process of turning a bright idea into an award-winning Volvo F-series articulated hauler feature was a long and complex one, as chief project manager Jennie Carlsson and technical product manager Mikael Petersson will attest.
To the drawing board!
The idea of having a built-in OBW on articulated haulers has been around for a while and is one of the features that are most demanded by customers, Mikael says, though solutions haven’t always been easy to come by.