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29/09/2018

How to use the 'Load Position Calculator, Free Version

Hello and welcome to Apps for Transport. 

Today I will demonstrate how to use the 'Load Position Calculator, Free Version

The load position calculator is a tool to assist you in taking the guess work out of the load position to enable compliance with axle weight requirements.

The “Load Position Calculator” can assist a company with multiple people quoting on scheduled works to all draw from the one set structure, thus enabling a consistent, competitive and legal load pricing and permit application regime.

 

The Apps for Transport home page has a scrolling banner screen, that changes every seven seconds.

From the Apps for Transport home page on the Load Position Calculator screen, select the blue,  “Try now” button, this will take you to the Load Position Calculator Free Version web page. 

To achieve maximum results this program will require some ACCURATE measurements and important data input from the user. Particular attention MUST be paid when gathering weights and measurements from trucks, dollies and trailers.

Dimensions and weights are measured in ether metric or imperial. 

Therefore, weights and measurements should be recorded to the nearest 1 kilogram or 1 millimetre for accurate results. 

Alternately you can work in imperial measurement, once again you will need to record to the nearest fraction of an inch or 1 pound for accurate results.

 

The free version has a saved Truck, Dolly, and Trailer with tare weights and measurements already entered. They have been saved in metric measurement only.

In this demonstration of the free version, of the Load Position Calculator, I will be using these examples for the load calculation. 

 

If you wish to enter your own configurations, tare weights and measurements you can. However, in the free version the app does not save information after leaving the site,   .

 

So, let’s get started. 

 

Today I will demonstrate the load position calculator, using an example load of a Cat 988H front end loader, weighing 52000 kg. 

To the left of the New Calc button enter Cat 988H.

 

Selecting Imperial measurement, is not possible when using test truck, dolly, and trailer tare weights and measurements in the free version. 

Metric is the default selection when using test truck, dolly, and trailer tare weights and measurements in the free version. 

If at any time you are unsure of a function, place the curser over the heading and a description of the function will pop-up on the screen.

 

From the Truck heading select the test truck from the drop-down menu. 

From the Dolly heading select the test dolly from the drop-down menu.  

From the Trailer heading select the test trailer from the drop-down menu.  

 

The next step is to enter the Maximum Massweight for each axle group. Today I will be using a 2 by 8 dolly and a 4 by 8 swing-wing widening trailer.

From the Steer heading, enter the maximum weight you wish to carry on the steer axle group. For example, 6000 Kg.

From the Drive heading, enter the maximum weight you wish to carry on the drive axle group. For example, 16500 Kg.

From the Dolly heading, enter the maximum weight you wish to carry on the dolly axle group. For example, 24000 Kg. 

If you have not selected a dolly to be used, this option will be unavailable. .

From theTrailer heading, enter the maximum weight you wish to carry on the trailer axle group. For example, 42000 Kg.

You can now view below, the calculated Gross Combination Mass, of this combination,,.

 

 

We are now ready to enter the load information. 

For best results use the manufactures specifications to get an estimate of the size, weight and characteristics of the load. 

Alternately if you are moving earthmoving equipment or machinery than there are several web sites you can use such as Specalog or Ritchiespecs.

You will need to make allowances for any extras added to the machine after manufacture, for example, fire suppression systems, hand rails, walkways, access ladders, steps, or added additional wear plates on buckets, blades and trays. 

From the Weight heading, enter the weight you wish to load on your combination. Example Cat 988H weighing 52000kg. 

 

I have made an extra weight allowance for a fire suppression system, auto grease system and access steps and hand rails.

Ensure you do not exceed the maximum allowable load to be carried. The maximum allowable weight to be carried is indicated to the right, of the 'weight of load'. 

 

From the Length heading, enter the total length in metres of load to be carried. Example 12.85 metres for a Cat 988H front end loader.

From the Height heading, enter the height in metres of load to be carried, plus add the height of the trailer. Example 4.2m for the Cat 988H front end loader, plus 1 metre for the height of the trailer, therefore the total height is 5.2 metres.

 

From the Length Between Lifting Points heading, enter the length between the manufactured lifting point, or the length measured between the centre of the wheels on a machine. In this example, the distance between the centre of the front and rear axles on the Cat 988H front end loader is, 4.55 metres.

 

Centre of load from front will establish the loads centre of gravity. 

In the below section you only need to enter a figure in any one of the four optional category boxes.

The Front Pointis marked as a percentage and can be moved up and down to represent the load distribution weight on the front of the loads, lift point. 

The front point Weight, is the weight on the front lifting point, when placed on the trailer, and in our example will be the front weight of the Cat 988H front end loader, of 27000kgs, when loaded onto the trailer facing forward.

 

Front of load to centre of gravity, is the distance measured from the front of the load lifting point, or centre of tires of a machine, to the centre of gravity of the load. 

Rear of load to centre of gravity, is the distance measured from the rear of the load lifting point, or centre of tires of a machine, to the centre of gravity of the load.

If you have the weight at either end of the load, the centre of gravity will be calculated for you. Alternately if you already have a centre of gravity you can measure from the centre of gravity point to each end to get the correct percentage of weight distribution.   .

Trailer Positioning, is the section in the app for the setup of the trailer, and dolly configuration. 

 

From the Dolly Pin Position drop down menu, select the dolly kingpin position to be used. For Example, 1.

From the Dolly Turntable Pin Position drop down menu select the dolly turntable pin position to be used. For Example, 6.

From theTrailer Spread Width drop down menu, select the trailer spread width to be used. For example, 3700mm.

From theTrailer Pin Position drop down menu select the trailer kingpin position to be used. Example, Front.

 

To achieve correct axle weights, you have several options.

1.     Select auto calc. to achieve acceptable limits. Axle weights will be within allowable limits of up to 2% over selected weight. . You may wish to manually move the load after auto calc. to get optimal weights on a given axle group. 

 

1.     Alternately, once you have entered the load details you can hold down the left mouse button, and drag load forward and back, until the load changes to green, indicating you have establish. correct weights.

 

1.     In the Load Placement section, you can enter a distance of the centre of gravity of the load forward of the centre of the trailer axle group. This will also move load forward or backwards to assist in establishing correct weights.  .

 

You may find the need to change the configuration setup, to achieve optimal weights on all axle groups.  .

 

Weight on Steeris the calculated weight on the steer axle group.
If marked with a green tick it is within allowable limits of up to 2% over the selected weight. 

If marked with Red Cross, you will need to move the load forward or backwards, or move truck turntable position, alternately select auto calc. to achieve acceptable limits.

 

Weight on Drives

This is the calculated weight on the drive axle group. If marked with a green tick, it is within allowable limits of up to 2% over the selected weight.  .
If marked with red cross you will need to move the load, dolly pin, or dolly turntable position. Alternately select auto calc. to achieve acceptable limits.

Weight on Dolly

This is the calculated weight on the dolly axle group. If marked with a green tick, it is within allowable limits of up to 2% over the selected weight. 

If marked with red cross you will need to move the load, trailer pin, or dolly turntable position. Alternately select auto calc. to achieve acceptable limits.

Weight on Trailer

This is the calculated weight on the trailer axle group. If marked with a green tick it is within allowable limits of up to 2% over selected weight. 

If marked with red cross move the load, or alternately select auto calc. to achieve acceptable limits. 

With some miner manual adjustments, you will be able to achieve optimal weights.

 

Using the “Load Position Calculator”, it will guide and assist in providing an accurate and transparent record of compliance with mass and dimension management for governance and your company’s existing and future contractual requirements.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE ITEMS ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE PAID VERSION OF THIS APP.

Saving the truck, dolly, and trailer configurations for future use.

Saving a load type and name for future reference.

Selecting the imperial  measurements.

Selecting the  'Save Calc.', to save load calculation for future use or reference.

Selecting the 'Email', to email calculation to truck operator or yourself for future use. 

 

With the paid version of the Load Position Calculator, not only can you recall saved load information and vehicle configuration, you can print a copy for the driver or have an electronic copy sent to the driver to demonstrate to compliance officers, that all practicable steps have been taken to comply with the law.  

 

For more information please email, admin@appsfortransport.com.au 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 


08/04/2017

Apps for Transports New release

 

The “Load Position Calculator”

If your transport business moves oversize, machinery, shifts plant and equipment then the “Load Position Calculator” is the APP you have been waiting for.

Designed for anyone who uses a semi trailer, low loader, low loader and dolly or a platform to move any and all plant and equipment then the “Load Position Calculator will assist in improving efficiencies and help take the guess work out of load position and axle weights. 

Not only will The app give your business the flexibility of record keeping and will store individual vehicles or combinations of vehicles and their empty axle weights and measurements on the web site.

 

Once your companies configuration information has been entered for all of the different types of vehicles or trailing vehicle combinations you have, the “Load Position Calculator” will:

·      Store this information on your device

·      E store enabling you to accurately estimate the loads position on the combination.

·      Ensure the task can be conducted without overloading of the combination or individual axle groups.

·      The results of a load can then be stored and recalled for future use.

·      The illustration, weights and measurements can also be emailed to a driver for guiding and assisting in the placement of  any single load for mass compliance.   

 

The “Load Position Calculator” can assist a company with multiple people quoting on scheduled works to all draw from the one set structure thus enabling a consistent, competitive and legal load pricing regime.

 

The “Load Position Calculator” will guide and assist in providing an accurate and transparent record of compliance with mass and dimension management for governance and your company’s existing and future contractual requirements.

 

Click the link below to find out more:

Load Position Calculator