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In a quarry or aggregate application, production really comes down to maximizing payload. If you know your truck’s rated payload, think about what you’re missing if you’re not getting the maximum load in every cycle. If you’re not carrying the rated load, you’re leaving money on the table. And depending on the commodity you’re hauling, that can be a significant loss.

On the other hand, if you overload a truck, you can do structural damage, increase fuel burn, reduce component life and reduce tire life. So you’re taking the life out of the truck and its components and actually spending more in operating costs. That’s why using technology like Cat® PAYLOAD is the best way to measure how much you’re producing per hour/per day. Operators can track daily productivity from the cab, with quick access to payload weights, load and cycle counts and daily totals.

Companies using PAYLOAD measurement technology (on-board scales) are reaping benefits that extend beyond monitoring gross weight to avoid fines. When you’re battling the high cost of time and equipment, PAYLOAD technology can have a significant impact on the efficiency and profitability of your operation. Here are some of the key benefits.

Overweight Fines Eliminated.
Paying less in fines saves money. Fines often increase or compound as the amount over the legal limit increases. Many public organizations see fines as an added source of revenue, so the trend to fine for overweight loads is likely to continue.

Reduce Maintenance Costs. Extend Equipment Life.
When you haul the loads your truck was designed to carry, you minimize stress on components. Many maintenance managers claim that on-board payload systems pay for themselves with reduced engine, brake and structural maintenance costs as well as longer overall equipment life.

Increase safe operation. Manage risk.
Braking distance increases with weight. If a truck is overloaded, the braking distance required increases and cornering ability also degrades. Keeping weight within legal limits allows braking distances to be more consistent and tracking around corners to be more predictable. Payload technology improves safe operator techniques and helps manage risk.

Retain Skilled Operators.
Providing operators with tools to perform their job efficiently and safely is a key element to recruiting and retaining the best operators. Additionally, providing an on-board weighing system that allows them to maximize payload without overloading reduces their exposure to fines and helps them take pride in operating more effectively.

Operate More Efficiently.
Knowing your loaded truck weights is critical to your overall fleet efficiency.
This information allows you to optimize your routes, tire management, billing and maintenance. With the increasing use of telematics, wireless communications and GPS equipment, weight information can be collected and transmitted in real time back to the home office, so decisions can be made quickly.

Talk to your Cat dealer about Cat PAYLOAD and how it can deliver more value to your operation.