Alloy Bodies Invest in Weigh Pads to Ensure Vehicle Conformity
One of the UK’s largest commercial vehicle body builders, Alloy Bodies Ltd, Manchester, has invested in APOLLO PT300 portable weigh pads from Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) to ensure its vehicles are not overloaded.
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.
Jim Charlton Jones, Technical and Homologation Engineer, Alloy Bodes Ltd: “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, either by cable or wirelessly, statically axle by axle and each pad is rated to 10,000 kg. With an accuracy of within 1% it is arguably the most reliable weigh pad in its class plus it has a large and easy to read integral LCD weight display.
Julian Glasspole, Managing Director, 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. Its built using high resistance avionics grade aluminium alloy and mechanically strong.”
Founded in 1969, Alloy Bodies Ltd works with 12 different vehicle manufacturers, and produces up to 3000 bodies a year for chassis cabs ranging in size from 3.5 tonne to 26-tonne vehicles. The company is committed to doing more than it is mandated to do under the Type Approval standards, and weighs as many of each type of vehicle as possible each month. The company used to send vehicles to a local weighbridge but now saves significant time and resources by doing the testing in house.
Added Jim: “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.”
VWS belongs to a family of complimentary British companies known collectively as AW.co.uk specialising in the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of load cells, weighing and traffic monitoring systems.