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Here’s Why You Need to Upgrade Your Scale House PCs to Windows 10

 

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Windows 10 has been available since 2015, yet your scale houses are still running some antique ticketing software on Windows 7 machines (or worse, Windows Vista). Why?

We get it. There are plenty of reasons people don’t upgrade their systems, chief of which is that change is hard. Is upgrading worth the cost? What if Windows 10 doesn’t support your current ticketing software? (It probably doesn’t, because nothing supports your fifteen-year-old scale program anymore.)

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Microsoft has moved beyond outdated, unreliable operating systems, and you should too.

If your business is still operating on older versions of Windows 7, Vista, or even Windows XP, now is the time to evaluate the high level of risk involved with using outdated systems. With Microsoft ending support for Windows 7 in less than 9 months, it is imperative that companies migrate away from this decade-old OS and switch to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Counter-intuitive as it sounds, running old programs on old operating systems is actually more expensive in the long run than upgrading. Windows 7 is far slower and less efficient than 10, it’s much more vulnerable to viruses and malware, and using it means more down-time and a slew of technical issues that require costly IT support to solve.

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In 2019, the price of up-to-date hardware and software is often less than you would expect. An entire scale house can now be run in a secure, reliable Windows 10 environment with live data backups using little more than an inexpensive laptop and a cloud-based ticketing software. Fast-Weigh 10 is designed specifically for Windows 10 and takes advantage of automated software updates to keep your scale house operations as modern and efficient as possible. Paired with a cloud-capable accounting system, a modern ticketing and dispatching software will help your company cut costs, lower your risk of catastrophic data loss, and increase production and revenue.

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The new Fast-Weigh 10 Dispatching suite will rock your world.


We are excited to announce the release of our Fast-Weigh 10 Dispatching platform. The dispatching suite integrates fully with your ticketing and hauling data so you can ticket, dispatch, and track trucks, all on a single platform. Keep truckers accountable with live GPS mapping, alert drivers with SMS text notifications, and manage your hauling operations with a modern web interface you can access from anywhere.

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In the bulk material industry, scheduling and delivering product is becoming more challenging. Truck and driver shortages have a large impact on producers, haulers, and contractors who rely on those trucks to deliver materials in a timely manner. With Fast-Weigh 10 Dispatching, TAC Insight aims to make the material delivery process more efficient for our customers.

 

Overview

 

Dispatching Web Interface

  • whiteboardHosted on the Fast-Weigh 10 Web Portal - accessible from any device
  • Integrates with orders, tickets, and hauling data from all locations
  • Map and automatically calculate haul distance and times
  • Easily add and manage dispatches from the Dispatching Whiteboard
  • Request fulfillment feature - request specific haulers and/or trucks for your dispatches
  • Send live SMS text alerts to your drivers

 

 

Reporting

  • Available on the Fast-Weigh 10 Web Portal
  • Get an in-depth look at your dispatching activity related to brokers, trucks, and jobs
  • Reports can be printed, downloaded, or exported to Excel

 


In-Cab Mobile App*

*Optional add-on

  • dispatch mobile 2In-app notifications
  • GPS navigation to pickup and delivery locations
  • Enables live truck mapping on the Dispatching web interface
  • Allows multiple drivers to use the same in-cab mobile device
  • Accommodates multiple ticket types
    • Create at pickup
    • Create at delivery
    • Receive at pickup
    • Receive at delivery
    • Load count only
    • Fast-Weigh POD - integrated with the Fast-Weigh Proof-of-Delivery app

 

 

Meeting Industry Demand in the Digital Age

20190108_093229 (2)The Fast-Weigh 10 Dispatching platform is designed to work for companies of all sizes. "We saw a need for material haulers, producers, and contractors who were looking for an integrated ticketing platform that included order and ticket management, combined with dispatching and truck communication," says Steve Rasmussen, partner at TAC Insight. "Several of our Fast-Weigh 10 customers came to us with a need to address the scheduling and delivery of materials and managing payments to hauling companies. The new Dispatching and Hauler Pay modules were designed specifically to address the need for a simple, cloud-based solution that could be easily integrated with a truck ticketing platform."

The bulk material industry is now looking for ways to evolve and bring data together between producers, contractors, and trucking companies and eliminate isolated silos of information. Developed by working closely with our customers, Fast-Weigh 10 solves that problem by enabling shared data across all parties.

Related Article: Now Available: New Hauler Pay Module for Fast-Weigh 10

 

Get Fast-Weigh 10

For more information on our cloud-based truck ticketing and dispatching platform, visit www.tacinsight.com, give us a call at 865-219-2980, or email us at support@tacinsight.com.

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Five Reasons to Move Your Material Sales to the Cloud

1.  Quarries and scale houses are, well, ...filthy.

shane-mclendon-534662-unsplash-1Excavating and transporting raw materials is a dirty, dirty job. With the grimy conditions, remote locations, and spotty internet, we all know that pits and quarries are not the best places to keep your company's critical data. Despite the fact that power outages, PC crashes, and other catastrophic data failures are common in the industry, a shocking number of businesses still rely on archaic local databases to store their financial transactions. 

 

Thankfully, we live in the age of cloud computing, and with systems like Fast-Weigh 10, the aggregate industry is finally starting to catch up. Cloud-based platforms protect client information by providing real-time backups and foolproof operation contingency plans, all while your operators work from the scale house as normal. By storing and replicating all data in secure centers on both the east and west coast of the United States, we manage and protect your information constantly. This means that even if your Internet connection goes out, Fast-Weigh can keep operating locally and then upload once you're back online, providing total protection against any data loss.

 

2.  You can focus on producing and hauling material, not managing complex IT systems.

Your staff is knowledgeable about crushers, conveyors, and Caterpillars - not computers. Remove the burden of having to manage local IT resources and eliminate your expensive, complicated setup. Use a platform that simplifies your scale management system and offers a quick, easy setup with remote install options. That way, you can focus on selling product and getting trucks out the door, saving you both time and money.

 

3.  Work on your own terms, from anywhere.

Working remotely is all the rage these days. People expect to get their job done on their own terms, whenever and wherever they want. Don’t let your material ticketing software confine your sales data to the scale house, forcing you to have to call several people just to get an update on production or to make a quick change. Fast-Weigh 10 gives you an all-access pass, providing real-time information that you can manage from any device, whether its Windows, Mac, or mobile.


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4.  Help your customers and partners grow.

We all know that your customers and partners are critical to your success. By providing transparent, real-time operations or sales data, you can keep your customers informed and help your partners become more efficient. With Fast-Weigh 10, you can create user logins for both customers and haulers, providing easy access to their latest ticketing, dispatching, and invoicing data. Our integrated email alert system allows users to stay on top of all hauling or material purchasing, which helps them run their business.

 

5.  Modernize.

helloquence-61189-unsplash-1Running isolated systems with disconnected in-house servers is yesterday’s world. An ever-increasing number of experts across all business sectors now recognize that cloud computing can simplify and modernize your operations in every aspect. By embracing the cloud now, you can create a flexible foundation for your organization's future.

 

 

Get Fast-Weigh 10
For more information on our cloud-based truck ticketing and dispatching platform, visit www.tacinsight.com, give us a call at 865-219-2980, or email us at support@tacinsight.com.

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Expanding Your Material Sales Intelligence with the Cloud

by Steve Rasmussen 

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked a new prospect to estimate their annual or daily material ticket volume and they can’t readily provide this information. These questions should be easy for companies to answer, whether you're at the office, at home, or even traveling with a mobile device.

The producer and heavy civil markets have often lagged behind when it comes to investing in modern software that enables them to make simple management decisions. A 2015 analysis conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute demonstrates how poorly the construction and bulk material industries stack up in information digitization investment (click chart below to enlarge).

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Fortunately, with modern software technologies, companies don’t have to make large up-front investments to make a change. Cloud and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solutions are offering producers, contractors, and haulers the ability to track material sales and job tracking without large capital outlays. These platforms eliminate much of the cost and challenges faced by companies that operate plants or manage fleets of trucks. Outsourcing information technology can save you time, money, and resources spent managing those systems yourself.

Yes, there is generally an annual or monthly cost associated with these cloud-based software solutions, but when you add up the cost of purchasing on-premise servers, database software, on-site consulting, individual PC software licenses, and backup and recovery plans, you will find that cloud-based platforms typically provide a better solution at lower cost. Companies not taking advantage of cloud solutions are often blind to the total costs incurred from their business software. SaaS vendors, on the other hand, tend to provide upfront, transparent pricing without any hidden costs.

Migrating to the cloud means information can be readily available from any device or location from a simple web browser or mobile device. This provides you immediate access to all information and prevents data from being isolated in the scale house or with your IT department.

Most material ticketing and tracking softwares were developed using technologies that precede the evolution of cloud-based development. These Microsoft Windows programs are not well-suited for the always-connected world of Internet computing and have very limited cloud capabilities due to the underlying design of their system architecture.

The good news is, our industry is hopefully changing! A younger, more Internet-savvy group of leaders is moving up the ranks and demanding better information to make decisions. Software companies are being forced to stay current or be left behind. The Fast-Weigh 10 bulk material management platform is a leader in this new world of web-based technology, with a team of developers that are ready to help companies of all sizes leverage the benefits of cloud computing.

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Now Available: New Hauler Pay Module for Fast-Weigh 10

TAC Insight is pleased to announce our new Hauler Pay module for Fast-Weigh 10. The Hauler Pay feature is designed to streamline your payments to material haulers and trucking companies.

Tracking and reconciling payment to hauling companies can be a challenge for material suppliers and contractors. By incorporating hauler payables directly into our Fast-Weigh 10 Material Management platform, we’ve simplified the process of generating trucker statements based on Fast-Weigh material tickets. Hauler Pay works directly with your existing Fast-Weigh 10 scale tickets, mobile tickets, and Proof-of-Delivery records to automatically generate accounts payable statements to independent haulers and trucking companies.

How Does it Work?
Similar in function to our Fast-Weigh Invoicing module, Hauler Pay allows users to generate payable statements from a simple web interface. Batches can be created based on a number of fine-tuned parameters including Region, Date Range, Hauler, Location and Order. For each statement generated, Fast-Weigh automatically assigns statement numbers to all vendor payable records. Statements can be printed or emailed directly to Haulers at an email address specified under their Hauler profile. Your Hauler Pay records can also be uploaded to your accounting system to reduce data entry and prevent accounting errors. 

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The Fast-Weigh Hauler Pay is available immediately and can be added on to any existing or new customer subscription. 


Get Fast-Weigh 10
For more information on our cloud-based scale ticketing and material management platform, visit www.tacinsight.com/fast-weigh, give us a call at 865-219-2980, or email us at support@tacinsight.com.

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TAC Insight Releases New Fast-Weigh 10 Data Integration Module

As more companies move their services to the cloud, we are seeing heightened interest in data integration between independent systems.  In our effort to remain at the leading edge of our industry by utilizing innovative cloud technologies, TAC Insight now takes advantage of REST API web services in our new Fast-Weigh 10 Data Integration Module, available the latest update to our Fast-Weigh 10 scale ticketing platform.

"With our new Data Integration module, we wanted to make Fast-Weigh 10 the most accessible and easy-to-use scale ticketing software available," says Mike Mendiola, Director of Development. "Being on the forefront of cloud-based scale ticketing, we felt that offering a set of REST web services was the next logical step to allow our customers to gain programmability and easier access to their data."

Fast-Weigh Data Integration isn't limited to just cloud-based services. With REST API, data can flow between Fast-Weigh and legacy applications as well, allowing our customers easy integration with financial ERP platforms, accounting systems, and virtually any other cloud or internal data management platform.

For companies in the aggregate material and construction industries, software automation with API web services offers massive benefits to both their customers and their bottom line. Delivering digital information quickly and seamlessly over the cloud is key to increasing efficiency and revenue while engaging your customers with a unique, modern experience that guarantees loyalty to your product. Modernize your operations and secure a competitive advantage for your business with Fast-Weigh 10 Data Integration.

 

TAC Insight provides cloud-based scale ticket management software, along with mobile and web development focused on the aggregate and construction industries. Our Fast-Weigh 10 platform remains at the forefront of SaaS applications for bulk material ticketing.

For more information, visit www.tacinsight.com.

 

 

Introducing: Fast-Weigh 10 Inventory

TAC Insight is pleased to announce our new cloud-based Material Inventory Module.

As part of our effort to provide continuous feature innovation, our new Inventory platform gives customers the ability to track inventory across all plant locations by Region.
 

FEATURES:

  • Simple web portal interface available from any computer, anywhere

  • Real-time inventory quantities based on the original set quantity received and sold units

  • Inventory valuation based on cost per unit at each location

  • New fields in the product table to track production cost and royalty amounts by location

  • Methods to track inventory by physical survey, adjustment, or received material

  • Integration of real-time ticket data from the Fast-Weigh 10 desktop scale application for outgoing and incoming tickets

  • New Inventory Dashboard by Region/Location with filter-by-date parameter

  • New Analytics reporting to provide dynamic view into your inventory data


For more information about Fast-Weigh 10 or our new Inventory Module, please visit us at tacinsight.com or contact us at support@tacinsight.com.

Fast-Weigh Analytics now available!

TAC Insight is pleased to announce that, starting February 1st, the Fast-Weigh Analytics feature is available. Data is becoming an invaluable tool for today’s businesses.  Our new Analytics add-on uses sophisticated visuals and charts to give you deeper insight into your company’s operations. 

By integrating with our web-based Fast-Weigh ticketing environment, the Analytics module makes it simple and easy to transform your business into a modern, data-driven organization.


Your company’s data is a treasure trove.

It’s true—in business, it’s all about the numbers.  Business intelligence is one of the fastest-growing areas in today’s world of work, yet interpreting all that raw data can be overwhelming. 

How can you start building a dynamic data culture within your business model that will put all those numbers to work? 

With new advancements in analytics, we can leverage tools that use data to tell stories about your business to explain, enlighten, and engage people with information.

Data analytics is especially valuable to the bulk material ticketing industry where precision is key.  By offering engaging visuals over traditional reports and spreadsheets, Fast-Weigh Analytics makes reading your data a breeze.  For example, this simple scatter plot showing total loads by order clearly identifies trends in customer sales data:

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Straightforward visuals like this help you draw conclusions that lead to informed decisions for your business.
 

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, databases, and intelligence is changing the analytics landscape.  Powerful data modeling can now be done without costly servers, complex database design, or in-house data specialists.  With self-service analytics, business users are empowered to get answers to questions themselves and gain deeper knowledge and understanding of their business.  Fast-Weigh Analytics operates in the cloud, making it accessible anywhere, anytime—just like the rest of the Fast-Weigh suite.

Click here to learn more about Fast-Weigh Analytics.

Or give us a call at 865-219-2980 to speak with one of our business intelligence experts and discuss pricing for this new Fast-Weigh 10 offering.

Fast-Weigh: Bringing Scale Ticketing Software into a New Digital Era

Digital transformation is taking hold in almost all industries now, revolutionizing traditional business & business software. Even industries like construction, mining, and bulk material transportation are seeing the effects of new cloud-based economies.

Simple technologies like QuickBooks Online allow you to set up a corporate accounting system in a matter of minutes with very little capital outlay.  Autonomous drones can fly a quarry or construction site and relay information back up to the cloud and provide earthwork calculations and topo data for a site immediately.  These are examples that would have taken days or even months to complete five years ago, and required significant resources.  As a result, industries such as construction, mining, and trucking, which were often lagging in productivity gains from technology, are now some of the most impacted by them.

By transitioning scale ticketing desktop applications to the cloud, Fast-Weigh 10 makes scalehouse data available to all your operations, no matter where you are. Moving information from being locked up in a scalehouse computer and making it available on any web browser or mobile device allows your company to view sales data in real-time.  Other advantages cloud-based scale software has over traditional Windows Desktop software include:

  • Lower up-front cost
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Complete real-time backup and data recovery
  • Ability to share data with outside customers and haulers
  • Access from any type of computer (Mac or Windows) and mobile device (Apple or Android)

Looking back over the years, we have seen the rise of many transformational technology companies like Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and, more recently, companies like Airbnb and Uber.  While not exactly scale ticketing software, each of these great software solutions have the key characteristics of all modern applications, which include the following:

  • Agile development. By leveraging cloud computing, software developers can develop rapidly, with more frequent iterations and a faster response than traditional desktop software.
  • Cloud-developed. Software developed for the cloud allows you to take advantage of a multitude of resources and back-end services not available in traditional desktop software. Cloud-developed applications eliminate the need for developers to worry about complex hardware and network infrastructure and focus on business solutions.
  • Microservice and API-backed applications. The shift to granularize software allows for fast development cycles and new feature development. This type of development reduces application complexity and simplifies the introduction of new modules and features more frequently.
  • Analytics platforms.  Modern cloud platforms allow for much richer understanding of information. Modern tools simplify things for both the developer and business user and transform data into information.
  • Lightweight. In almost any new development projects modern cloud application are replacing complex Windows Desktop software.  By allowing you to install, learn, and begin using in a much shorter period of time, these cloud based applications provide quick and simple adoption for new software.  Lightweight does not imply fewer features, but rather higher efficiency, lower cost, and most importantly, more responsive and functional applications.

In today’s digital economy, the implications of these new transformational technologies are forcing all companies to rethink their cloud strategies.  Fast-Weigh 10 is one of the first in our industry to adopt a cloud-based software framework and modern software development practices.  This allows our customers to leverage all the benefits of this new breed of software, most of which are not available on traditional Windows Desktop applications.

Steve Rasmussen