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Smart connected lift trucks know your weight
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.
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.
- 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.