LAS VEGAS -- Trucks spec'd with the new Airtek air suspension steer axle can now be equipped with an onboard scale from Air-Weigh. Announced at the International Trucking Show in Las Vegas today, the new AW5700 can be fitted with a variety of sensors to measure weights directly from any combination of air-suspension steer, drive and lift axles on both straight trucks and tractor-trailers.
A company spokesman also said that it expects to begin marketing similar onboard systems for use with mechanical axles by the fall. Currently all Air-Weigh scales, including its models for trailers and tractor-trailer combinations, work only with air-suspension systems.
Developed by Hendrickson, the Airtek air suspension steer axle is available in North America on Freightliner LLC trucks. The new Air-Weigh scale will also be offered for a number of different axles in Europe where air-ride steer axles have been available for several years. The company expects the primary market for the new straight truck scale will be fleets that use Class 5-7 trucks to carry expedited freight.