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Continental Develops Sensor Based Digital Load Monitoring for Commercial Vehicles

Auto News - Published on Mon, 21 Sep 2020

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The technology company Continental has developed a high-performance and reliable On Board Weighing System that records and displays the weight of commercial vehicles, including trailers and semitrailers. Further functions make it possible to increase efficiency far beyond the specifications of EU Directive 2015/719, which will go into effect in May 2021. The directive requires EU Member States to measure the gross vehicle weight of commercial vehicles more frequently. In order to plan accordingly and prevent sanctions, drivers and fleet operators must already know the load condition of a vehicle before starting a trip. So far, this has been almost impossible and poses particular challenges for vehicles for which the semitrailer is usually provided by the forwarder.

In order to meet the new requirements, most EU countries are currently relying primarily on a comprehensive, stationary solution. However, the On Board Weighing System offers added value that goes beyond the regulatory stipulations. “Even if the load is measured by sensors in the road in the future, the integrated solution will remain interesting for forwarding agents, fleet managers and drivers,” says Marc Leinemann, who is a technical project manager at Continental and involved in the development of the On Board Weighing System.

Even before a truck drives off, fleet operators and drivers can check whether the weight of the vehicle is within a safe range. Systems that determine the vehicle weight only after the start of the trip do not offer this advantage. If the weight can be determined before a trip, vehicles can be loaded more efficiently and safely as well. This reduces empty runs. The data provided also makes preventive maintenance possible. In addition, it can serve as a basis for new business models, for example with load-dependent transport tariffs.
Sensors measure the axle loads

However, the requirements of fleets vary, as there are mixed fleets consisting of vehicles with different suspensions. The experts at Continental have therefore developed various OBW solutions that take the respective customer requirements into consideration.

Chassis with air suspension are great for constantly determining the load condition of all individual axles. Continental also has tailor-made solutions for chassis with steel suspension.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 21 Sep 2020
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