Truck scale software
Truck Scale Software is a class of
softwarepertaining to the collection of transactional scale weighment data. Specifically for truck scalesused to weigh heavy trucks, light trucks, or other commercial vehicles. The basic concept of Truck Scale Software is to provide the end user with a means of collecting and organizing weighment information.
The Truck Scale Industry is not a highly vertical
niche marketas one might expect. With consumers ranging from single-site low transaction "mom and pop shops" to multi-national heavy volume corporations; the various Truck Scale Software development companies have ample opportunity to differentiate by targeting the very different needs of the specific consumer types.
The basic concept of Truck Scale Software is to provide the end user with a means of collecting and organizing weighment information.
Before the software industry found the Truck Scale niche (in fact before the software industry was even born) scale users would either have to come up with their own customized methods for tracking data, or require that the scale vendor provide one as part of the weighing system. This led to scale vendors needing to be able to provide data collection and management solutions in order to compete.
Today, scale vendors are still offering simple (usually quite limited) solutions with systems, sometimes in direct competition with the software developers who are creating much more powerful data collection packages and dynamic user-friendly interfaces like Interact, WasteWORKS, or SMS Turbo. Many of the larger scale vendors however, have started referring to certain Truck Scale Software packages or directly reselling them (for turn-key solutions).
Sometimes, truck scale software is part of a much larger software (and is then sometimes referred to as a weighbridge). Many targeted ERPs for industries like quarry/mining/agriculture contain interface module for weighbridges.
Some truck scale manufacturers develop and sell their own software for weigh system interfacing and data collection.
Within the consumer sector of the truck scale industry are several subcategories of end user. The consumers range from the single-scale "mom and pop shop" to multi-national corporations with hundreds or even thousands of scale sites some of them totally unmanned running on smart cards. Each customer is unique to the point where a "canned package" is almost out of the question. The market is highly service oriented with any final solution being somewhat custom tailored to the end user's needs. It is not uncommon for a software package to have an obscure feature only because one particular customer "had to have it and was willing to pay for it".
Various Truck Scale Software Providers
[http://www.awsys.com Advanced Weighing Systems]
[http://www.ricelake.com/docs/browse.php?categoryID=135 Rice Lake Weighing Systems]
[http://www.tswa.com TSW Automation, Inc.]
[http://www.i-tecsystems.com I-TEC Systems Inc.]
[http://www.wtxweb.com Avery Weigh-Tronix]
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