The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) program has enacted new shipping container weight requirements which are effective as of July 1st, 2016. These new shipping container weight requirements will require shippers and maritime-based logistics companies to ensure proper weights of shipping containers that they are responsible for. Before any packed shipping container is loaded onto a vessel, the weight of the container must be properly verified. Estimating the container’s weight will no longer be allowed under the new requirements.
The new requirements regarding the accurate weight of shipping containers are being imposed due to the safety issues that improperly declaring container weights has consistently posed throughout the years. This has caused many instances of stacks collapsing and it contributes to the instability and stress on the ships that are carrying them. The new regulations will bring added safety to the shipping process, however it will also present itself as a cost that shippers will have to bare.
In many instances, there is no standard shipping container weighing equipment present at ports; For this reason, shippers will have to invest relatively quickly in their own weighing equipment.
Enter:Onboard Telehandler Scale
Thankfully, there is an efficient way to become compliant with these new regulations quickly. Installing an onboard weighing system that is integrated onto telehandlers can provide an effective solution to the new necessity of weighing your shipping containers.
The scales can be easily integrated into any of your existing telehandlers and it will not be necessary to purchase new heavy machinery. These onboard scales specifically designed for the shipping containers that you need to be weighed are a great solution to ensure that your load meets the future legal limits.
This solution is not only practical from a purely economical standpoint, but because the container can be weighed while it is being lifted (a procedure that is obviously already necessary), and the weight is displayed in real time, the loading process does not have to be disrupted whatsoever. This saves you all the time that you would need to spend weighing your shipping containers through some other method.
Efficient Weighing of Shipping Containers
Onboard weighing systems that are integrated onto your existing telehandlers will be able to weigh any containers you are transporting as well as quickly notifying you whether or not your containers are overloaded and could cause your ship instability and result in your container not being compliant.
Because these weighing systems are designed for use at a port, they are also able to fully withstand the harsh weather and conditions that may be experienced there. The scales will remain fully accurate and reliable during any inclement weather.
Realizing that you suddenly must comply with new SOLAS shipping container weight regulations that you likely had no hand in setting in place may be unsettling when you realize you have to spend your own money to become compliant. Hopefully, though, you can find that integrated telehandler weighing systems are cost effective and efficient when it comes to weighing your shipping containers. We can all benefit from the added safety that these regulations bring, as well as reduce the stress that regulations undoubtedly bring us by making the best choice for our shipping container needs.
Reputable truck scale supplier, Walz Scale, has introduced a new line of weighing and dimensioning systems. Suitable for a wide spectrum of businesses and applications, ranging from shipping and receiving operations to freight forwarders, Walz Scale's new dimensional weighing and scanning systems offer both simple and advanced solutions for various needs.
Unveiling its new line of cubing and dimensioning products via DimensionalWeighing.com, Walz Scale applies a similar 3D volumetric laser scanning technology found in its popular Walz Load Scanner system, which scans units and truck bed loads to generate volume-based measurements. However, this laser scanning technology has been simplified into a number of systems used for product/package dimensioning.
In-motion Conveyor-based Cubing Systems
Of the most advanced and highly-demanded systems is the IMPS in-motion package scanner that operates on a conveyor. This dynamic, high-out conveyor cuber scans the dimensions of the unit, in addition to measuring the weight, in streamlined fashion. The system can operate as either a standalone unit, or can easily integrate into existing conveyor systems.
And like virtually all of the cubing systems and dimensioning products from Walz Scale, the system is dimensional weight compliant with UPS, FedEX, DHL, USPS, and most other carriers.
SPS Static Package Dimensional Weighing & Cubing System
The "SPS," or Static Package Scanner, is a more basic solution for simple dimensioning needs. The SPS is an easy-to-use static dimensional weighing, scanning, and cubing system that's designed for parcel shipping and warehouse management. Now users can leverage highly-advanced dimensioning capabilities at an affordable price.
IMCS In-Motion Cargo Dimensioning & Cubing System
Perhaps most advantageous for logistics and high-volume distribution companies is the IMCS In-Motion Cargo Dimensioning and Cubing System.
The IMCS dimensional cubing system from Walz Scale is a conveyor-based system that is designed to generate accurate dimensional data for palletized freight. This system is ideal for larger shipping and distribution operations that require fast, high volume dimensional cubing.
These are just a few of the cubing and dimensioning systems that are closely aligned with road and transport-based businesses. To learn more about Walz Scale's incredible new line of products, visit DimensionalWeighing.com.
Beyond the more traditional truck scales that we often cover here at RoadWeigh.com, in this article we depict three different types of weigh scales which contribute to greater improvements in efficiency and throughput for warehousing and distribution operations.
These weigh scale systems include: pallet scales, lift truck scales, and conveyor belt scales.
Pallet scales have undergone a lot of innovation over the years, and now these types of scales come in various types. When it comes to weighing pallets and boxes in a warehouse (some of which can be very oddly sized) pallet scales provide quick and effortless weighing solution. Since there are so many types of pallet scales that are available to you these days, one should take some time to know some things about your own requirements before you invest in pallet scales.
Pallet Beam Scales
These scales are the most commonly used type of pallet scale. They make use of easily adjustable beams to facilitate the weighing process when dealing with irregularly shaped and sized items. Strong and durable, these are the popular pallet scales of choice for usability, and a great choice is you need a general all-rounder.
Pit Mounted Pallet Weighing Scales
This type of pallet scale is installed above a pit in the ground, into which the items that need to be weighed are put before being weighed. Pallet scales such as this take up very little floor space and so are a popular choice for factories and warehouses where space is restricted.
Portable Pallet Jack Scale
As the name suggests, the main advantage of these pallet scales is that they are portable. They are usually build using lightweight, but strong, materials, and are mostly used by large-scale industrial businesses and are used to weigh extremely large loads.
Pallet scales are ideal for warehousing applications as well as smaller logistics and distribution businesses that ship goods. Since it becomes easy to weigh and move at the same time, a lot of effort on labor is also saved. The electric pallet scales are also something that one should look into as they also provide the option of using less fuel and can be used even in places where there may not be any power supply.
Lift Truck Scales
With some fork lift trucks, today there is option of buying fork lifts with built-in electronic scales. These are called "on-board scales" as the weighing system is integrated on the actual vehicle. Fork trucks or lift trucks with integrated scales are a great safety mechanism, in addition to being easy to use. The item or load can be mounted onto the fork truck and the scales will display the weight.
Advantages of Lift Truck Scales
- There are many advantages to having electronic scales for fork lifts the main one being safety. Exceeding the load capacity onto the fork lift truck can be very dangerous for the operator and for surrounding people as well, using the scales will make sure that an excessive weight will never be carried around.
- Another advantage is that the scales can be linked up to other programs. The scales can be programmed to communicate directly with a terminal or warehouse management system; this can save time and gives a whole new scope of possibilities.
- Using scales within the fork lift truck will prevent overloading lorries and vans as well which has a knock on effect, the lorries can then safely transport the loads safely, and at the other end the forklifts can unload the lorries again knowing they are the right weight.
Conveyor Belt Scales
Conveyor belt scales are an important part of many manufacturing and logistics management processes as they weigh the material being transported along a conveyor belt, whether it is raw materials such as iron ore or some other kind of product being transported on the conveyor belt. Conveyor belts can be set up outdoor or indoor in the warehouse space or the manufacturing plant. The scales are set up so that the product is weighed while it is being transported along the conveyor belt.
There are many different types of conveyor belt scales; they can be freestanding units, or integrated into the actual belt. What is chosen will depend on the type of product that must be weighed and whether the conveyor belt is external or internal. It is extremely important to choose the correct type of scales for the job, as accuracy is an important factor. If the scales do not measure with the best accuracy it can have a really huge impact on the company.
Such scales may also be referred to as a weightometer or a belt scale. But no matter what they are called, they all need to be chosen carefully and installed properly if they are to give the most accurate reading and thus save the user company money. Some of the major factors for installation are vertical alignment, the horizontal alignment and horizontal idler spacing, idler frame and roller selection and the weigh frame location.