A Loadbot is positioned on a utility pole (left) on a job site.
With the launch of HCSS Trucking, one of the questions we are often asked is where customers should place LoadBots to best register trucks as they roll by.
LoadBots are unmanned, Bluetooth-enabled proximity sensors that identify and record every truck that enters and exits a location. They have great visibility to the Bluetooth Beacons in trucks. Their line-of-sight range is 100 meters, and in a confined space they function around 20-30 meters. It’s best to place them at locations where trucks will either arrive or pass by during their expected cycle.
Customers collect great data when LoadBots are placed at the driveway of a location, such as an asphalt plant, quarry, excavation site, or job site. This captures the truck’s entrance and exit and allows you to see the total amount of load time at that location.
If you have a location with separate entrance and exit paths, you can place a LoadBot at both points, and the system will automatically recognize the time the truck spent at the site.
Another perfect spot to place LoadBots is on heavy equipment where trucks interact. This could be an excavator or miller at a load location, or a material transfer vehicle, paver, dozer, or loader at a dump location.
One very creative configuration we’ve seen is placing a LoadBot on a dozer on a site prep job and putting Beacons on belly-scrapers to capture their rounds. Even though the belly-scrapers aren’t trucks, the load/dump production concept is the same, and this customer was able to track their production in real-time.
If you have questions about the LoadBot and Bluetooth Beacon technology, or if you’re ready to get started with HCSS Trucking, give us a call or check out our online training resources in the HCSS Academy.