Portable Container Weighing Offers Cost Savings
Engineering firm Hy-Dynamix has teamed up with Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd (DLM) to build new wireless reporting technology into its portable container weighing solution, the Hy-Weigh.
The four-corner hydraulic jack system, launched in May, raises containers in situ, and is now operable in a wide range of high and low temperatures, maintaining an accuracy reading of +/-2%, which is required to satisfy the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weighing requirements.
DLM’s load monitoring technology means that the Hy-Weigh can now give a graphical view of a container and load readings at each of its four corners, as well as the total load reading and centre of gravity, in real-time and wirelessly.
“It is almost six months since the new SOLAS regulations became law, and we are now starting to understand the cost implications of container weighing,” said Graeme Parkins, Managing Director, Hy-Dynamix.
“There are costs associated with every stage, from ongoing administrative commitments, to weighbridge, and now new port charges, and I estimate the global bill for VGM implementation to be in the region of $4 billion a year.
DLM has over 25 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of load cells and load monitoring systems, including fitting a twist-lock based container weighing solution as an “after-market” modification to existing port vehicles and lifting equipment at ports and terminals.
The DLM technology incorporated into the Hy-Weigh jack delivers a suite of benefits, including real-time load and centre of gravity readings which can wirelessly integrate with existing Terminal Operating Software systems.
“Hy-Dynamix has developed a truly elite product and partnering with like-minded engineering companies has been one of our growth strategies in recent years,” said Martin Halford, Managing Director, DLM.
“The new partnership is an ideal fit for both DLM and Hy-Dynamix; between the two companies we are able to cover all requirements for container weighing from weighing on port vehicles using the DLM Twistlock Load Cell and Container Weighing System, to before they reach the port at freight forwarders using the Hy-Weigh.
“Combining our existing container monitoring system into the Hy-Weigh enables a host of unique functionality for the user, including the ability to output load values to Terminal Operating Systems and other such systems, as well as optional remote access.”
Parkins will be speaking on who pays the bill for SOLAS compliance, at Intermodal 2016 in Rotterdam, Tuesday November, 15th.