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Saving Money with Fixed Price Weighing
March 2014

Cambridge City Council has found a successful way to keep its weighing equipment in perfect order whilst keeping costs to a minimum.  For the past 5 years, under-body weighing kit on the authority’s 25 strong fleet of refuse vehicles has been maintained by Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) under a fixed price contract that is renewed annually.

David Cox, Fleet Manager, Cambridge City Council said: “We need our weighing equipment to be in good working order to avoid any over-loading, which could threaten our operators license. Before we used VWS weighing equipment we used to have to pay every time a load cell failed.  ”


Cambridge City Council switched to using VWS onboard weighing in 2008, preferring that VWS equipment doesn’t require a separate monitor and integrates with Dennis Eagle’s in-cab display.


Continued David: “We started using VWS for all our weighing equipment and opted for their maintenance contract for peace of mind.  It works brilliantly and the cost of the contract offers us great value for money.  As part of the agreement each year VWS re-sets and calibrates our equipment and does the LOLER inspections on our bin-lifts, which used to be done by a different company.”


VWS specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and service of on-board weighing, bin-weighing and axle load protection.  Widely regarded as the market leader, VWS has a manufacturing facility in Reading, a service hub in Oldham and extensive installation workshops in Chesterfield. The company’s ENVIROWEIGH bin weighing system is the first 100% British manufactured weights and measures certified bin-weigher, accurate to within 0.5% or better.


Julian Glasspole, Managing Director, VWS said: “By fixing the price of servicing and maintenance customers can save money and there are no surprises.  We take care of repairing or replacing, servicing and maintaining all their weighing equipment, at their premises to fit in with operational demands so vehicle downtime is avoided or minimised.”


VWS belongs to a family of complimentary British companies known collectively as specialising in the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of load cells, weighing systems and traffic management systems.

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