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The real time weight information of each load ensures trucks are loaded to their maximum possible weight.
The real time weight information of each load ensures trucks are loaded to their maximum possible weight.

Load-sensing system tips the balance for sand operation

Fulton Hogan, the contractor for a new 23km highway development near Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island, required more than two million cubic metres of imported fill. It approached Tauranga quarry operator Paengaroa Sands to supply fill for the project.

However, providing the exact fill for such a prominent customer meant Paengaroa Sands would have to revamp its load measurement systems.

Paengaroa Sands originally estimated load size on-site before carting the aggregate to a weighbridge (truck scales) 12km away. Over- or under-loaded trucks could not be identified until they reached these scales, and by then no adjustments could be made.

To worsen matters, all trucks had to pass a police checkpoint to get to the weighbridge. This route saw a number of companies suffer overloading tickets. Before Richard Scowan, the manager of Paengaroa Sands, could even consider taking the job, he needed a way to determine the payload on-site.


Trimble Loadrite installed X-2350 on-board scales to the Paengaroa Sands excavators that load the trucks transporting the fill. The real time weight information of each load ensures trucks are loaded to their maximum possible weight, without fear of overloading fines at the police checkpoint.

“Loadrite gave us the confidence to bid for the contract,” Scowan said. “The alternative was installing a weighbridge or scanner on-site, a significant investment that would have forced us to turn down the job. For simplicity and value for money, it was the only option and it’s the reason I could take the project. It pays for itself every month!”

Loading each truck to its maximum legal capacity also reduced the number of trips required to haul the same amount of fill. Accounting for the round trip of 50km, the savings quickly stacked up from one or two fewer trips per day.

“The return on investment has been tenfold,” Scowan said. Not to mention the peace of mind the system provides at the police checkpoint. Scowan is also pleased that if he sells his excavator, he won’t lose the Loadrite technology but can take it with him.

Paengaroa Sands now uses the Loadrite printed docket detailing the load as a receipt for Fulton Hogan.

“It’s a key thing in my business,” Scowan said. “Companies want to know they are getting exactly what they pay for. With the Loadrite system, when we go in with a 30-tonne truck, they get 30 tonnes and we get paid for 30 tonnes. It’s simple.”

Fulton Hogan is aware of the accuracy and reliability of the Loadrite system, making payments according to Loadrite data.

Scowan said the Loadrite technology was second to none, but it was not a complicated device for operators to use.

“It’s not rocket science. I just give my operators easy instructions to follow.”

The simple functionality and self-explanatory symbols make Scowan confident all his operators, old and new, can utilise the system to its full potential, reaping all the rewards the product offers.


The Loadrite X-2350 can improve productivity by accurately weighing on the go and displaying payload information on an easy to read display in an excavator’s cab and on a printer docket.

The X-2350 can deliver real financial benefits for any excavator loading application. The flexible feature set means it is suitable for common bucket excavator applications.

Source: Trimble Loadrite

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