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Smart connected lift trucks know your weight

November 9, 2016

Konecranes’ new Static Weighing System was launched in response to recent amendments to global regulations that aim to increase the safety of ships at sea. With this new weighing system, customers can verify the gross mass of their containers fast and accurately prior to loading cargo on ships.

Konecranes introduced a new Static Weighing System at the TOC Europe exhibition in Germany in June. The system is designed for customers of the container industry – shippers, carriers and terminal operators – to verify the container gross mass as a new condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export.

The product launch was in response to a new amendment of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), prompted by the international shipping community to prevent incorrect weight declarations and in an effort to avoid major incidents and accidents resulting from overweight containers.

The purpose of the new Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement is to obtain an accurate gross weight of packed containers so vessel and terminal operators can prepare vessel stowage plans prior to loading cargo on ships. The VGM requirement went into effect on July 1st 2016, and aims to protect vessel and terminal operators’ employees and assets, as well as shippers’ cargo.

“The development process was very dynamic. Due to the global scope embedded into national regulations and requirements, confirmed late before their implementation and only partly, we needed to do everything fast by allocating more resources to provide our customers a valuable and reliable compliant solution early enough before the regulations became valid,” says Bertrand Marion, Project & Business Development Manager at Konecranes.

Interchanging data

Using the Static Weighing System, the container is lifted in the transport position and held still until the weight is calculated with 1 percent full-scale accuracy from sensors installed on the container truck. Then the driver can associate the weight (VGM) populated on the weighing system tablet interface inside the cabin with the ID of the lifted container.

“The driver’s tablet interface allows the container ID association or selection through a container worklist published directly from the customer’s system, making it easy for the driver,” Marion says.

In combination with the on-board container weighing system, Konecranes has developed scalable solutions for customers to interchange the VGM dataset seamlessly and in near real-time via yourKONECRANES cloud services with systems such as Terminal Operating System (TOS), Terminal Management System (TMS) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). This gives customers a unique embedded solution to interchange data with the trucks in their fleet.

The static weighing system uses TRUCONNECT® modem for mobile data communication between the truck and yourKONECRANES cloud services. Combined with TRUCONNECT® remote services, it gives the user access to VGM dataset reports and e-mail notifications, in addition to regular TRUCONNECT® services available with Smart Connected Lift Trucks.

Advanced version coming

Since the successful launch in Germany, Konecranes received extremely positive feedback, also as the only truck manufacturer having launched its own and fully integrated scalable solution.

“We have been getting orders from day one, since our customers were eagerly anticipating our solutions that comply with the new regulations.”

A more advanced, dynamic weighing system will be launched later in response to our customers requesting additional features like load eccentricity monitoring or increased operational safety functions.

“The accuracy of the system will be the same, but the weight will be measured ‘on the fly’ during operation. Our customers can then choose from two weighing system options, the dynamic being more expensive, but suitable for higher operating efficiency and increased safety for their operations,” says Marion.

Key advantages

1. Response to the regulations

The new Static Weighting System has been developed in response to new regulations requiring the verification of the containers gross mass before it can be loaded onto a vessel. 

2. Accuracy and safety

The system measures the weight with 1 percent accuracy within seconds. Purpose is to prevent major incidents and accidents during sea transport resulting from overweight containers.

3. Seamless data interchange between truck and customers’ system

Besides the container weight, the Static Weighing System provides information such as the container ID/seal ID, the date and timestamp, the person accountable for the weight verification, GPS coordinates, driver’s ID, etc., and the customer can publish a driver’s worklist from his system. 

 

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Text: Mirkka Aarti
Photos and video: Konecranes

Bertrand Marion

  • Bertrand Marion works as Project & Business Development Manager at Konecranes.
  • He has been with Konecranes since 2010, working with business development and M&A, sales and product business management.
  • He is also leading the digital transformation or i4.0 transition at Konecranes’ business unit Lift Trucks, with the development of new digital products and solutions associated with new business models.