Hyster has launched two weighing systems that can be fitted to its reachstackers to obtain a Verified Gross Mass (VGM), as required by the recently introduced Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) legislation.
According to the manufacturer, the new Static and Static+ systems are “quick and easy to use, cost effective and have limited impact on container throughput”.
To use the system, the operator must press a button, which sets a pre-programmed lift cycle into action to obtain the VGM.
Using a screen display in the cab, the reachstacker operator can input container identification and have a time stamped VGM attached to it.
VGM data can be saved to a USB stick or printed using an in-cab printer, and 3G or WiFi options are available on some models to deliver data to the Terminal Operating System (TOS).
The system display can show gross, tare and net weights whether installed to reachstackers or factory-fitted to new trucks.
Both systems, which are based on hydraulic load sensing technology, comply with the (International Organisation of Legal Metrology) OIML R51 class Y(b) guidelines.
For countries where “Legal for Trade” regulations do not apply, the Static weighing system can be used. With this option, drivers pick a container with the boom fully retracted which is then raised up to 25-30 degrees’ angle and the weight is verified within 15 seconds.
The system has been developed to work with most Hyster reachstackers that are up to five years old.
The Static+ weighing system is designed for countries where “Legal for Trade*” regulations apply and can be used on all new and existing Hyster reachstackers and laden container handlers.
With Static+, drivers simply pick a container and lift the load for 5 seconds on a flat or even surface.
According to the manufacturer, there is no workflow disruption as the container weighing can occur during truck manoeuvring and the system is highly accurate with a weighing error of less than 1% of load weight.
Furthermore, custom field entries are possible, including container I.D., destination and location.