If there is one single thing that works against the goal of fleet reliability more than any other, it is the weight of the loads that trucks are asked to carry. A vehicle that is loaded down to capacity invariably experiences more damaging wear and other forces than one that rolls down the road unencumbered, a basic fact of the industry that cannot be avoided. This means that accurately tracking and managing load weights must be a cornerstone of any reliability initiative.
Any shipping or transport company that aims at extracting the most possible service from its assets must therefore be equipped with accurate, reliable truck weight scales. Just like the roadside scales that drivers are required to roll over as they run their routes and deliver their cargoes, scales that companies deploy for their own purposes must be easy to use, accurate, and reliable themselves.
Today, that most often means acquiring and deploying high-quality digital weight scales. Compared to the purely mechanical scales that used to be the norm, digital ones offer a number of advantages. For one thing, they tend to be easier to read and more precise that those of a mechanical sort, with clear, simple digital displays replacing the physical needles and gauges that formerly predominated.
This makes it easier to use such scales in the course of routine maintenance, loading, fueling and the like. What this entails is that such scales will be made use of much more frequently than those that might be troublesome or inconvenient, a fact that will contribute directly to improved load management and tracking.
Scales of this kind also tend to be far more reliable than those which are mechanical throughout. While all digital scales will incorporate mechanical elements as part of their actual weighing apparatuses, the electronic replacements for mechanical parts they otherwise use will tend to be much less prone to breakdown and drifting out of calibration.
Given that every company that runs a fleet of trucks will need to make heavy use of tools of this basic kind, it rarely makes sense to choose any but the best. Scales that remain accurate and serviceable for longer will thereby contribute directly to the reliability and efficiency of any fleet.