Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

Four in a row for VWS

British-based weighing technology experts, Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS), will be returning to the CV Show for the fourth year running to launch an innovative vehicle tow hitch weighing device and demonstrate their existing range of market leading products.

VWS will be demonstrating (on Stand 5C108) its latest development, the Tow Hitch Safety Loading System, with neighbouring exhibitor Hope Technical Developments.

The companies have joined together to create an all-in-one van and tow overloading protection system. It uses the same in-cab indicator display so drivers can access both sets of weight data easily. The data can either be stored or exported to most telemetry systems. A VWS Ford Transit demonstration van fitted with VWS’ vehicle overload protection system VOPS2, the Tow Hitch system, and standing on one of VWS Apollo weigh pads, will be stationed between both stands.

Julian Glasspole, VWS Managing Director, said: “There are serious health and safety issues with tow hooks being overloaded, forcing the rear axle down and pushing the front wheels up, which seriously impairs braking ability. There are also issues when there is too little weight on the hook, making the rear axle lift and causing vehicles to jackknife. Our combined system means that drivers can check if a hook has been loaded correctly and at the same time check that the vehicle isn’t overloaded.”

Also featuring on the VWS stand this year is the VWS PurGo, a software package designed specifically for waste and recycling operators to help streamline their operations, pinpoint heavy bins and identify missed revenue.

It works in harmony with bin-weighing systems, vehicle CCTV and telematics, and is a paperless system that uses handheld PDA’s with built in Sat Nav to assist drivers and enable geographical tracking of every vehicle and container.