How do you ensure your truck doesn’t leave your site overweight?

Dressed up in our PPE, steel toed boots, and fancy AXL Eye hard hat to go to the beach (‘aka’ 𝙖 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙜𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙁𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙖).  So, why is everyone just standing around staring at a pole with a white gizmo on top?    

Well, the mine CEO recognized a problem and asked for a solution.  From that not so simple question, “Can you solve my problem?”, AXL Eye was developed.   

AXL Eye is a patented, camera-based software solution, that digitally measures each truck entering a hauling site to determine the maximum allowable load rating on the vehicle based on State and Federal allowable limits.   

One of our Blacksmith Ventures portfolio companies, CISTANT, acquired the technology back in 2021.  

We partnered with our friends at TRINDGROUP to help us better understand the landscape in the #aggregate mining segment.   

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄:  The construction industry is booming right now for obvious reasons and the infrastructure bill will only accelerate road, bridges, and transportation upgrades.  That’s putting increased demand on aggregate mines across the US.  Aggregate is a broad term that refers to sand, gravel, concrete, limestone, etc.   

Once these products are mined, they are transported by heavy duty haulers (Class 7, 8, and 9 tractor trailers) to the job sites.  With the growing number of trucks on the roadways, mine operators are seeing more and more issues with ensuring the trucks are loaded within State and Federal limits.  Basically, ensuring no truck leaves their site overweight.   

Right now, several mines throughout Florida and Georgia have implemented the AXL Eye software.    

Oh, if your still here and wondering what that white gizmo is… it’s a very fancy “camera” 📸 so operators no longer need to manually measure the distance between truck axles.

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