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.
It is not cost effective for all businesses (especially those that are small or mid-sized) to invest in a truck scale. For that reason, global industry leader in truck scale systems, Walz Scale, now offers the option of leasing truck scale for rent.
By opting for truck scales for rent, businesses are (still) able to utilize the most accurate, high performance weigh scale solutions that Walz Scale has to offer.
When renting truck scales from Walz Scale, customers will enjoy the following benefits:
- A broad range of truck scale rental options that are available
- The rental equipment is in conditions that are virtually new
- Walz Scale products that are manufactured at the highest qualities and provide certified accuracy.
- Rental equipment is thoroughly and fully tested.
Weighing scales can be rented for various lengths of time and used for a large range of measuring needs. Walz Scale rental truck scale solutions is ideal for short term projects for businesses or individuals.
Construction companies would make great use of this service when trucks are being used and they must carry a particular weight. Whereas those companies rooted in farming, truck scale rentals would gain usage during harvest season. When needing to measure crops and/or livestock for transport, the rental option would be the most budget friendly option.
Retail businesses would be yet another form that would be able to benefit from truck scale rentals. As new items are added to inventory or being shipped out, a scale would be a needed temporary asset.
Accurate, portable truck scales can be beneficial to various industries as a way to improve efficiency, decrease the wear and tear on vehicles and reduce (or eliminate) costly overweight fines. Many of the industries that would benefit from the use of the scales do not require the purchase of a weighing scale, therefore Walz Scale innovative option to provide a convenient truck scale rental service is more than ideal.
Portable Truck Scales Available for Rental
The truck scale options that are available for rent are solutions that are applicable for all weighing needs. The portable truck scales are durable and accurate and are consistently tested before being rented to customers.
30-Ton Portable Truck Scale for Rent
The AXW-30 portable truck scales for rent are designed to provide easy vehicle weighing with the added benefit of allowing operation in static or in-motion weighing.
45-Ton Portable Truck Scale for Rent
The AXW-45 series manufactured by Walz Scale provides accurate weights for large off-road vehicles. These portable truck scale rentals are a popular solution for heavy-duty weighing needs.
Walz Scale has long been a leader in the realm of truck scales, and they have yet again set themselves apart with the addition of truck scale rentals. They consistently prove that the customer and quality come first with its flexible and cost effective options.