Tutorials for Calculating Axle Weights

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This month, we’ve added tutorials to help you get the most out of the Axle Weight Calculator app, allowed you to define payload in terms of volume or weight, and provided a way to copy payload items.

Express Payload by Weight or Volume

When specifying individual payload items, first choose between Weight and Volume. If Volume, define the Unit of Volume, for example gallon, cubic foot, etc. Then define the density of the material, for example Diesel at 6.843 lb/gal. The weight of the payload is automatically calculated based on the specified quantity. The weights table shows the distribution of that weight over the axles.

Copy Payload Items

When you’ve added an item of payload, simply use the ‘Copy Payload Item’ icon to duplicate that item. The copy is placed directly behind the copied item, and the axle weights are automatically recalculated.

Show Tongue Weight as a percentage of trailer weight

Where a hitch and trailer are present, the Tongue Weight (or ‘Hitch Load’) label on the drawing shows the percentage of the total trailer weight that is transferred to the hitch. Always check that the hitch load is within the range approved by your hitch supplier.

Shortcuts to edit dimensions

Some users had expressed frustration with the way the menu was obscuring the drawing when changes were being made. Now, when you click a dimension on the drawing, a small pop-up appears with just that dimension. Editing the dimension immediately updates the graphic and the weights table, and you can see the effect of changes as you make them.

Home screen reorganized

We’ve reorganized the Home screen to group everything relating to new calculations together, and to make space for the new Resources section. Use the ‘New Calculation’ tab to choose a Manufacturer Specification or TruckScience template, or to ask us to add a vehicle to the Manufacturer Specifications library.

Resources section added

We’ve added a new Resources section on the Home screen, where you’ll find tutorials (recordings of recent webinars), case studies and other useful resources. We will add more resources as time goes by.

Webinar Series

We have been running regular webinars on Calculating Axle Weights. Visit our YouTube channel here to see recordings of previous webinars. To register for the next webinar this Thursday, simply click on the image below:

Library Updates

In response to requests from users in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States, we’ve added Aerial platforms, Cranes, Dropside bodies, Pallets, Roll Off Hoists and Semi-trailers from Carrier, Effer, HMF, Palfinger, Smith Capital Equipment, Socage and Vawdrey… as well as vehicles from the FAW, FUSO, Hino, International, Isuzu, Iveco, Kenworth, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Scania, TATA, UD Trucks, Volkswagen and Volvo ranges.

Please continue to submit your requests for vehicles, bodies and equipment. The realistic graphics of the standard equipment in the library add to the professionalism of the report you share with your customers.

What next?

Many of these ideas for improving the app came from our users. We consider all of your feedback when deciding which features to add next. Please share your ideas with us. The chat within the app is the easiest way to make your voice heard.

NTEA Member?

Read about our partnership with NTEA and find out more about discounted pricing for members here.

Not yet a user of our Axle Weight Calculator?

Watch this 2-minute video introduction to the Axle Weight Calculator now, or see more info about the app on our Axle Weight Calculator page.  Or just dive right in and try it for free below!

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