As the waste industry moves into an automated future, effective technology adoption can tip the scales. Trimble’s Paul Corder explains.
With Australia’s weight-based billing transition underway, Trimble explains the streamlining capabilities of LOADRITE weighing systems.
The concept behind weight-based billing is simple – reduce waste generation by offering cost incentives for reduction and recycling. The heavier the waste, the more the generator pays.
Traditionally, waste collection and disposal services billed generators based on the size and number of bins.
Weight-based billing calculates costs based on the actual weight of the material being collected.
The Organix19: Organics Waste Management in a Circular Economy report, authored by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, theorises a range of policy strategies to advance and integrate organics waste management within the Greater Sydney region.
Within the report is an argument for legally mandating weight-based billing, which Dale Cameron, Trimble Onboard Weighing’s Australian Manager, says could gain traction.
Dale says industry uptake has accelerated in recent years, due to data transparency, improved reporting and the elimination of pay disputes.
Trimble LOADRITE onboard weighing systems work under the weight-based billing framework to provide real-time cost data based on individual bin weights.
Dale says that when using a LOADRITE system, operators are able to provide accurate weights to their customers while maintaining openness.
“The cab display shows weight data calculated from the load and position sensors, and during lifting, operators can see the bin payload,” he says.
“The system also has an automatic mode that adds each bin to the total weight.
“This keeps a running tally of total truck payloads and alerts operators when bins are overloaded.”
Dale says the LOADRITE system provides accurate, reliable and traceable data on all loading activities.
“This helps waste collectors operate more efficiently, plus helps incentivise recycling and waste reduction, as organisations will notice immediate discounts in billing when they divert more waste from the landfill stream,” Dale says.
“This makes waste generators more aware of the cost of landfilling and leads to behavioural adjustments.”
As with most technology, Dale says LOADRITE weighing systems have evolved in recent years, becoming easier to use and less costly than their first iterations. He adds that much of this progression is shaped by the proliferation of connected solutions and mobile applications.
“Organisations are increasingly looking to replace payload measurement systems for next-generation onboard scales that maximise payload optimisation,” Dale says.
“Trimble weighing systems take that idea to the next level by delivering machine-to-machine connectivity that streamlines data collection and facilitates efficient data exchange.”
On-board weighing systems are increasingly becoming a mainstream choice for small and medium operators alike.
From eliminating payment disputes to monitoring profitability and increased compliance, weight-based billing (WBB) is revolutionising the way the industry measures its loads.
As the national distributor for Trimble LOADRITE E2750 weighing systems, Weighing Systems Australia has seen the technology’s benefits first-hand.
According to Alan Clarke, Owner of Weighing Systems Australia, those not transitioning to onboard weighing systems are now the exception rather than the rule.
“A lot of major contracts issued now have a requirement for a weighing system as part of their contract,” Alan says.
The benefits are increasingly becoming a no-brainer for many companies, as Alan says that up to 80 per cent of customers are choosing legal-for-trade systems. This includes waste generators and small and medium-sized enterprises.
“A lot of fleets are deciding which of their trucks need retrofitting or replacing and putting weighing systems on when they order a new truck,” he says.
Alan says that onboard weighing is important to ensure accurate weights are measured and customers are charged accordingly for overloaded bins and to do this the weighing system must be a National Measurement Institute (NMI) approved scale system, in addition to reducing fines and improving safety.
He says that weighing is not only essential for quantifiable profit margins, but ensuring compliance with Heavy Vehicle National Law Chain of Responsibility laws.
“WBB as it is called now also takes into account the ever-increasing cost of landfill charges and haulers must be able to identify what each clients bin actually weighs.”
Alan says that the legal for trade system allows for Class IV NMI approved systems to be installed into both front and rear lift waste collection vehicles.
Monitoring profitability is particularly important for major retailers, Alan says, as they can ascertain what they waste internally by measuring the waste removed from sites.
Payment disputes can also be prevented by being able to check, certify and stamp legal for trade records that have been calibrated to accurate weights.
Alans says a variety of configurations are available, including front and rear lift certified and non-certified systems. He says that all new refuse collection trucks now have on-board computers that collect time, weight and date and allocate these to the specific customer selected in the routing system ready to be downloaded to the office.
Solid state positioning sensors over traditional rotary triggers are also emerging as a mainstream choice for customers. Alan says the E2750 Canbus sensors include arm and fork sensors. Alan says these are easier to install, with the ability run one cable instead of multiple cables, making installation easier and less prone to cable breaks and damage when compared to older sensors.
He says the systems are also notably fully dynamic and don’t slow drivers down.
“Fully dynamic weighing systems have an advantage over static systems where the driver has to stop to weigh up and down. This costs them time and slows down their operations,” he says.
Alan says that the systems can be easily fitted to all makes and models. When it comes to after-sales support, Weighing Systems Australia offers annual calibration services and has distributors across the country in a nationwide dealer network.
Today’s on-board weighing systems are changing the way we think about waste management, explains Trimble’s Paul Corder.