DALLAS – Being overweight in the trucking industry ca be an expensive proposition – which is why the CAT Scale Co. of Walcott, IA has introduced a new scale controller to increase scale uptime and accuracy.
The CAT Scale Intalogix controller, developed in partnership with Fairbanks Scales of Kansas City, MO, is designed to increase the speed and accuracy of truck weighing operations at CAT’s 800 scale locations in the United States. CAT unveiled details about the new device yesterday at the Great American Truck Show.
The Intalogix controller connects each scale by modem to CAT’s headquarters, so errors can be detected faster – usually before the truckstop that hosts the scale is aware of them. Each controller has 14 separate input/output ports so it can be integrated with a variety of communication devices, CAT said.
The controller also stores each weighing operation for 24 hours, giving drivers the option of a reweigh later in the day.
The issue for truckers, however, is accuracy of scale operation, said CAT. In 1999, trucking companies spent over $128 million in overweight fines, the company said. Reducing that cost and returning that money to the bottom line of trucking companies is what the new Intalogix controller is designed to do, CAT said.
CAT said 92 of the Intalogix controllers are in operation, with the rest of company’s nationwide scale network due to be retrofitted over the next two years.