Sunday, 24 May 2015

Alloy Bodies invests in portable weigh pads from VWS . . .


Alloy Bodies invests in portable weigh pads from VWS

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Manchester-based commercial vehicle body builder Alloy Bodies Ltd has reported time and cost savings since deploying the Apollo PT300 portable weigh pads from Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS), to ensure its vehicles are not overloaded.

Founded in 1969, Alloy Bodies works with 12 different vehicle manufacturers, and produces up to 3,000 bodies a year for chassis cabs ranging in size from 3.5 tonne to 26-tonne vehicles.

As part of the whole vehicle type approval (WVTA) scheme, manufacturers are required to ensure that every product matches the specification, performance and marking requirements outlined in the documentation, also known as Conformity of Production. Alloy Bodies now has the ability to weigh its vehicles in-house prior to delivery, thereby saving the time and resources associated with sending vehicles to a local weighbridge.

Jim Charlton Jones, technical and homologation engineer at Alloy Bodies, said: “We are more than happy with the products supplied to us by VWS, which have allowed us maintain our Conformity of Production commitments and reduce the time and cost implications of sending vehicles off-site to a weighbridge.”

“VWS also gives a service they should be proud of, with response times and turn around on issues that really make you feel like a valued customer.”

The Apollo PT300 weigh pad is designed for weighing vehicles statically axle by axle, either by cable or wirelessly, and each pad is rated to 10,000 kg. Claimed advantages include accuracy of within one per cent, and a large, easy-to-read LCV weight display.

Jim added: “It’s useful for our customers to know the weight of each vehicle unladen so they know what payload they can get. With these portable weigh pads we can even visit customer’s premises if required.”

Julian Glasspole, managing director at VWS, said: “Alloy Bodies is a leading body builder with an impressive range of products and we are delighted that they selected our weigh pads.”

“The accuracy of the Apollo PT300 weigh pad is hard to beat plus it’s easy to use, compact and sturdy. It’s built using high resistance avionics grade aluminium alloy and mechanically strong.”

VWS is part of the group of companies, which specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of load cells, weighing and traffic monitoring systems.

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