With the announcement this week by Transport Certification Australia that Airtec Corporation (Airtec) has obtained type-approval for a smart on-board mass (OBM) system, there are now more intelligent mass monitoring systems available to the trucking industry.
On-board mass (OBM) systems measure the mass of axle groups and calculate the gross vehicle mass of a vehicle. Smart OBM systems use digital technology to collect mass data from vehicles in a standardised way through the National Telematics Framework, and are future-ready with Intelligent Mass capability.
New road access schemes that rely on the availability of mass data collected through the use of smart OBM systems have the potential to drive renewed productivity and safety reforms.
The Airtec Smart OBM System type-approved by TCA uses a Mass Sensor Unit, which is the individual mass sensor fitted to an axle group and connected to an Electric Control Unite (ECU), the processing unit of the OBM system.
David Hewett, Managing Director of Airtec Corporation, proudly established in Australia, and Australia owned, said, “Airtec is a leading supplier and manufacturer of digital tyre inflators, inflator accessories and mass management systems around the world. We’re pleased to have obtained type-approval for a smart OBM system, which allows transport operators to take advantage of new initiatives currently being introduced.”
Intelligent Mass allows vehicle mass information to be collected in a standardised way so it can be used with other telematics data collected from vehicles. It enables road managers and regulators to include mass monitoring as a condition within new or existing schemes on their road networks.
“We’re also proud of our efforts to ensure there is backward compatibility,” said David Hewett. “It means that vehicles already fitted with the 89AXM Series can easily be upgraded to a smart OBM system.”