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Volvo bright idea scoops gold innovation award

Volvo Construction Equipment’s On Board Weighing system has been recognised in the Intermat 2012 Innovation Awards.

Active hydraulic suspension Volvo A40F FS

From 80 entries from leading manufacturers, a high level jury of industry experts has judged Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE) On Board Weighing System for its F-Series haulers a gold winner in this year’s Intermat 2012 Innovation Awards.

The aim of the Intermat 2012 Innovation Awards is to reward the most innovative Equipment and techniques in the industry. The jury, under the chairmanship of the president of the French National Federation of Public Works, announced its decision in Paris on 13th January to an audience of international journalists.

Volvo’s revolutionary On Board Weighing (OBW) system is available for its Full Suspension haulers and gives an unprecedented insight into machine productivity. The system monitors the input of weight on the machine from pressure sensors and relays this information to load software integrated into the machine’s electronics.

Fully automatic, OBW logs all transported loads and the ensuing data is then displayed on the operator’s display. The information can also be accessed remotely, thanks to Volvo’s advanced CareTrack telematics system. This allows complete payload management – giving access to data such as total transported load in tonnes; tonnes transported per litre of fuel and number of cycles.

Cabin overload indicator Volvo A40F FS OBWInformation overload

The system highlights if the machine has been overloaded during any of its cycles and a load indicator light mounted outside the machine. A yellow light comes on when at part load, which changes to a green light at nominal load – finally turning red when overloaded. This simple tool helps prevent overloading and the machine wear, tyre damage and excess fuel consumption that go with it. The nominal load can be preset to suit material and site requirements.

OBW, together with fuel consumption data, help show the true productivity of the machine, combing fuel efficiency with tonnes of mass moved. Additionally, it can help in improving operator performance. The OBW system also offers the ability to unlock a wealth of previously inaccessible information, such as the weight of ‘carry-back’ left in the haul body after tipping. 

Volvo will receive its prize on the first day of the Intermat Exhibition in Paris on 16th April.

Picture 1: Active hydraulic suspension Volvo A40F FS

Picture 2: Cabin overload indicator Volvo A40F FS OBW


Tiffany Cheng

Director, External Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment

Brian O'Sullivan

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