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Reach Stacker AMSA Scales with Weight Data Transmission

There are not too many manufacturer installed Reach Stacker scales that are going to be able to pass the Federal Government Department called National Measurement Institute (NMI) set of complex tests, so that the scale can be used as a AMSA scale to determine the export sea container VGM weight.

The AMSA rules include the following:

  1. your first option is to have your existing scale tested to the NMI testing standards. If the original scale passes, great. The testing of your original scale is a service that Instant Weighing can complete for you. The AMSA scale must then be re-tested on an ongoing yearly basis. This is a service that Instant Weighing can also complete for you.
  2. it is important that certified test masses (known as Regulation 13 test masses) are used for the testing of the scale. You can ask for a copy of the Regulation 13 certificates that covers each of the test masses that will be used in the testing, for your records.
  • that your scale does not have to be a NMI TRADE APPROVED scale.
  1. that any scale used for AMSA weighing must be checked on an ongoing yearly basis.
  2. Test reports completed by the scale technician must be kept on file for presentation to AMSA should your company be audited. Test reports completed by Instant Weighing has been presented to AMSA as part of an audit, and our test reports have been approved by AMSA as compliant to their requirements.

Instant Weighing and the Australian made COMPULOAD 6000 series of hydraulic dynamic weighing scales are being installed onto Reach Stackers, and successfully being fully tested to the NMI testing requirements for this type/capacity scale. The NMI standard of testing is complex and for Reach Stacker scales come under the NMI Class y(b) testing license, which very very few NMI licensed scale technician hold or understand.

Your office staff that are controlling the movement of their export sea container require as soon as possible both the container ID number and the VGM weight, back to the office PC to be able to meet the paperwork deadlines. Companies are incorporating weight data transmission either via 3G or 4G or satellite transmission as part of their whole AMSA scale package.

The Australian made COMPULOAD 6000 digital scale is able to store this required data, including some other essential data like your company name, date and time and then either send this to the office PC via the above data transmission, as a printed weight docket showing all the above data via the on-board COMPULOAD 4070 printer, or download to the PC via the built in USD data downloader at the end of the day or shift.

Is your company one of the many needing to incorporate the weight data transmission as part of your AMSA compliant COMPULOAD on-board scale for your Reach Stackers?

Very Accurate Front End Loader Scales from Instant Weighing

Applying the principles behind load cell temperature compensation, Instant Weighing has found a way to better compensate for the temperature changes that the front end loader experiences during its day of operating.

Temperature changes are experienced during the cycle of day and night, and with the starting and stopping of a front end loader during its daily operation. Ambient temperatures in the NW changes greatly between day times and night times.

Comparison of load weight

In the following example the front end loader is parked up while awaiting for the next road-train to arrive, as each road-train driver loads themselves.

Our client obtains the load’s weight using the COMPULOAD scale to load their 4 trailer road trains to haul ore 400kms -500kms to port.

The second load weight is obtained by the port authority as they load the ship, and the following comparison of weights were recorded.

1st shipment

The COMPULOAD scale recorded a total weight of the ore transported as 18,800t.

The port authority recorded a difference of just 37t. That is an error of 1/5 of 1%.

2nd shipment

The COMPULOAD scale recorded a total weight of the ore transported as 20,070t.

The port authority recorded a difference of just 48t. That is an error of 1/4 of 1%.

COMPULOAD ability to temperature compensate has saved our customer substantial wear and tear of their equipment and expense to fulfil their contract.

There is an additional cost of about $1,600.00 plus GST to incorporate this modification for a new or existing COMPULOAD scale (excluding any travel), but the results justifies this expense.

As a side issue, the COMPULOAD scale is programmed with specific target weights for each individual identified axle group to stop the operator overloading.

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Safety Of Life At Sea Scale (SOLAS/AMSA) Testing by Instant Weighing

Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) is the International body that sets the international rules for the safety of persons at sea. The Australian Federal Department called the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) interrupts the SOLAS legislation as it will be applicable to Australia and overseas these laws.

As from 1/7/2016 SOLAS and AMSA changed the way that an export sea container VGM weight is to be determined. AMSA has determined that any scale can be used to determine the VGM weight of an export sea container, but before that scale can initially be used, it must be tested to the OMIL/NMI set of tests applicable for that type/capacity scale, and that verified test masses must also be used for the testing.

The new SOLAS/AMSA rules also sets out two ways that the VGM weight of an export sea container can be determined.

Method 1. Weighing the loaded container as one complete unit.

Scales suitable to achieve this type of weighing are weighbridges, straddle carriers scales, side lifters fitted with scales, scales installed onto reach stackers, very large capacity forklifts fitted with scales, scales built into a frame that the sea container sits on whilst being loaded and scale jacks.

Method 2. Weighing everything being loaded into the sea container.

Weighing everything being loaded into the sea container (including tie downs and packaging) close the doors and the combined weight of all placed into the sea container is added to the tare weight as marked on the side of the sea container. This new figure is the total VGM weight for that sea container.

Scales suitable to achieve this type of weighing are large, medium and small capacity platform scales, forklift scales (analogue, digital and load cell).

Instant Weighing has both the licensed scale technicians and the verified test massed including flat-rack to be able to test all these different types of scales from the small platform scale to the very large weighbridges. Instant Weighing’s speciality is scales on forklifts of all sizes, reach stackers, straddle carriers, and sidelifters.

Our written scale test reports have been submitted to AMSA as part of a company submissions following the company being audited by AMSA and these scale test reports have been accepted and approved by AMSA.

Call Instant Weighing today to solve your SOLAS/AMSA weighing challenges using scales to determine an export sea container VGM weight. We work from Broome to Esperance.