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.”
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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How long will sensors last in the salt up in michigan
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.
I’ve had the scales for 8 months. They are slow to calibrate, slow to read and now 2 of the three sensors are not functioning because the battery holders have failed.
I called today and they informed me that they have no warranty and I would have to buy new sensors.
I run a successful trucking business partly because I’ve embraced modern technology but Blue Ink is not ready for prime time and has failed miserably in the integrity department.
I’m very disappointed!
How much does the service cost per month