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America has a weight problem: We're not heavy enough

from Material Flows

Next time you're stuck in traffic, take a look at those big 5-axle semi-trucks surrounding you. You know they could squash you like a bug — both you and your car. But when Tom Moore looks at those trucks, he thinks they should be heavier. In fact it's his job to try to make them gain weight. According to Moore, based on highway scale data from 16 locations in the U.S., trucks that are heavily loaded (total gross larger than 70,000 pounds), 8 percent have capacity for an extra 1,000 pounds, 11 percent could add 2,000 and 9 percent could squeeze on another 3,000. To him this is wasted capacity, but more importantly, to his customers, it's wasted money. more

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