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Blue Ink Technology releases BIT Air Scale for gross and axle weights

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Blue Ink Tech has managed to make the process of installation and calibration easy, the company said. Sensors come mounted on DOT approved Tee-fittings. (Courtesy: BLUE INK TECH)

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Blue Ink Tech, maker of the BIT ELD, has released the most recent addition to its BIT Full Service Platform.

BIT Air Scale gives drivers access to real-time weight information on their phone or tablet using the BIT app.

Utilizing two small, wireless sensors, BIT Air Scale self-installs in less than 15 minutes.

“With time tighter than ever, BIT Air Scale frees drivers from the necessity of visiting an off-site scale to find out their weight,” said Mike Riegel, head of product development. “Anyone who hauls bulk, is paid by weight, or loads in locations without easy access to scales should be paying attention to this system.”

The system integrates into Blue Ink Tech’s web portal allowing carriers to see how much weight each of their trucks is carrying at any given moment.

Riegel said Blue Ink Tech had moved to solve one of the biggest friction points in trucking.

“If a driver gets overloaded and doesn’t find out until they hit a scale 30 or 40 miles away, it really puts them in a tight spot,” Mike Riegel of Blue Ink Tech said. “They can either drive back to the shipper and correct the load, which could waste a whole day, or they can drive illegally. Either option ends up with the driver bearing the brunt of the problem, and the carrier potentially losing money.”

Blue Ink Tech aimed to solve this problem by allowing drivers to get accurate, real-time, weight at the point of loading, he said.

“We wanted to make something as simple as possible on the customer’s side. All the complexity, all the math, happens in the app. For the customer, it’s as simple as install sensors, calibrate, done.”

Because the app delivers real-time updates on weight, a driver can monitor weight as the truck is being loaded.

For anyone hauling irregular loads that need to be tied down before the truck moves, this can be a huge time-saver. Ensuring the load is in the right place and within legal limits, before you tie down can save hours, Riegel said.

Blue Ink Tech has managed to make the process of installation and calibration easy. Sensors come mounted on DOT approved Tee-fittings. They install directly into the suspension airline, with no need for additional wiring. Once the sensors are in place, a driver weighs their truck twice, once empty and once full, and enters the weights into the app. After that, the system handles the rest.

“With Blue Ink Tech’s app doing the heavy lifting, the system even calculates your steer axle,” Riegel said. “Air Scale provides a 99 percent accurate axle weight and gross combined weight.

The system integrates into Blue Ink Tech’s web portal allowing carriers to see how much weight each of their trucks is carrying at any given moment. Those using Blue Ink Tech’s other systems, will see weight, location, tire pressure, and the driver’s available hours of service, all in one place.”

Contact Blue Ink Tech for pricing and availability at www.blueinktech.com.

 

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  1. Daniel McComb

    April 1, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    How long will sensors last in the salt up in michigan

    • Brock Nicholson

      April 29, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Hey Daniel, I actually work for Blue Ink Tech. Our sensors are air and water tight, and we’ve tested them in some pretty harsh environments. But, trucking is unpredictable, and you might throw something at them they can’t handle. So, we’ll replace our sensors for you as long as you have a service plan with us. You just give us a call or send an email and tell us what quit working, and we’ll get it fixed or replaced.

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Utility Trailers Glade Spring, Virginia, plant receives Liberty Mutual safety award

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Glade Spring plant employees gather to celebrate the company’ safety award. Back row frim left, Ralph McMahan, Richard Carver, Rick Mitchell, Michael Phipps, Derrick McGhee, David Sturgill, Sam Hawkins, Tim Jones, Tim McVey. Middle Row: Sam Cassell, Marc Worley, Clarissa Bise, Lucas Jordan, Jeremy Casey, Coy Stokes, Linda Williams, Jeff Hendricks, Odie Barker Front Row: Keith Walsh and Richard Williams. (Courtesy: UTILITY TRAILER MANUFACTURING CO.)

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., said that its Glade Spring, Virginia, manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Silver Safety Award from Liberty Insurance.

The award is based on the days away, restricted and transferred (DART) rate, which is calculated from the number of hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant

In 2018, Utility’s Glade Spring plant had a DART rate of only 1.36, with over 1.3 million worked hours. The average DART rate for the trailer manufacturing industry is significantly higher, at 3.9.  A Silver Safety Award is presented for DART rates that are at least 40% lower than the industry average rate.  The Glade Spring plant’s DART rate was nearly 1/3 of the industry rate.

“Receiving a safety award is an honor and takes a total team effort to accomplish. Keeping safety at the forefront everyday with employee participation is key to earning such an award. Employees identifying hazards, removing them, or managing them in the workplace, keeps us all safe,” said Keith Walsh, Utility’s Glade Spring Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager.

“This is the fifth Liberty Safety Award for the Glade Spring plant. This is a huge honor, particularly considering less than 0.5% of Liberty’s customers receive this award. More importantly, our employees are continuously focused on the safety of themselves and each other,” said Bob Griffis, corporate EHS manager for Utility Trailer Manufacturing, Co.

“Walking through the front door of the Glade Spring facility, the commitment this team has toward safety is obvious,” said Sam Cassell, Utility’s Glade Spring plant manager. “It is reflected by the five safety awards hanging on the wall. Each of our over 700 team members were part of achieving each of those awards. An award like this is more than a commitment towards doing the job safely, it is a commitment each team member has toward each other. Many of our employees will stop others, even managers, to point out safety issues. That is a commitment toward safety and to each other. I cannot express how proud I am of each person on the shop floor.”

Richard Williams of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Risk Control Services, presented the Safety Award to a group of Glade Spring employees on behalf of all Utility’s Glade Spring employees.

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1914 and designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner curtain-sided trailers, and aerodynamic technologies. Utility currently operates six trailer manufacturing facilities across North America.

For more information, visit www.utilitytrailer.com.

 

 

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Carrier Transicold upgrades dealer locator app

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The Carrier Transicold Dealers smartphone app for Google Android devices and Apple iOS devices has been improved with new features and expanded functionality. (Courtesy: CARRIER TRANSICOLD)

ATHENS, Ga. — Carrier Transicold’s free app for mobile devices that helps refrigerated truck operators find nearby Carrier Transicold dealerships has been upgraded with a fresh appearance, a significantly expanded dealer database and helpful new user features.

Now called “Carrier Transicold Dealers,” the app works with smartphones and tablets, so drivers can quickly and easily locate and connect to service operations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and, thanks to the 2019 update, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, according to Mary Udry, marketing manager, Carrier Transicold.

“The improved app now covers the entirety of the Americas – more than 300 dealerships in all,” Udry said. “And for the first time, it offers users multi-language support, enabling the choice of English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. The look and feel of the app has been modernized, making it more intuitive to use, and the amount of helpful reference material has been expanded.”

As part of the app’s expanded offering, Carrier Transicold Dealers now enables access to more operator manuals for current and legacy Carrier Transicold truck and trailer refrigeration systems, heating systems and auxiliary power units (APUs). As before, the app includes a convenient alarm code list for the Carrier Transicold APX control system, providing descriptions of potential problems and corrective steps for different warnings.

The “Nearby Dealers” function finds the closest dealer to the user’s location, including a map, address, contact details and hours of operation. Depending on device and connection, the app can auto-dial the dealership and can help provide navigation to the dealership. Where applicable, quick links are provided to connect to individual dealer websites or to share dealership details via an emailed link to content within Carrier Transicold’s online dealer locator at https://locator.ttdealers.carrier.com/

Most of the app’s resources require a cell or wi-fi connection, however the dealer lookup menu is available offline – users can always find dealers by selecting a country, plus state or province if applicable, from alphabetical listings.

Carrier Transicold Dealers works on smartphones and tablets using Google’s Android and Apple Inc.’s iOS operating systems. The latest version (3.0) can be downloaded through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.

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J.J. Keller offering new video monitoring platform

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Using artificial intelligence to detect and record dangerous driving behavior, the new video platform offers an end-to-end solution for fleets interested in improving driver behaviors that will result in better CSA scores and safer highways. (Courtesy: J.J. KELLER

NEENAH, Wis. — The new J.J. Keller Encompass Video Event Management and Dash Cam Pro are now available.

Using artificial intelligence to detect and record dangerous driving behavior in combination with the advanced reporting and diagnostic capabilities of J.J. Keller’s compliance dashboard, the platform offers an end-to-end solution for fleets interested in improving driver behaviors that will result in better CSA scores and safer highways, according to Tom Reader, senior director of marketing.

“This is one of many substantial new product and service releases for the Encompass® Fleet Management System in 2019,” Reader said. “We’re excited to continue offering technologies and advisory tools our customers depend on to improve performance and make informed safety decisions for their fleets.”

Beyond using dash cam technology to capture video footage of events and accidents, fleets can use the data provided to build better coaching programs, exonerate innocent drivers, and reward drivers for good behavior.

The compliance dashboard allows companies to perform queries by overall fleet performance and by driver, including:

  • Top drivers: Drivers with the lowest incident rates
  • Event rates and trends: Frequency of driving behaviors
  • Coaching required: Drivers with events

Find more information and videos of driving events captured by the dash cam by visiting KellerEncompass.com/Dash-Cam-Pro.

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is a well-known name in safety and regulatory compliance. Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, the company has grown to over 1,400 associates serving more than 600,000 customers — including over 90% of the Fortune 1000 companies.

The company’s subject-matter spans nearly 1,500 topics, and its diverse solutions include ELogs and mobile technology; training via online courses, streaming video or DVD; online management tools; managed services; consulting services; online and print publications; forms and supplies.

For more information, visit JJKeller.com.

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