Instant Weighing Offer New AMSA & SOLAS Scale Testing


The new Federal Government AMSA laws regarding the testing of any scale used to determine the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of any export sea container whether using Method 1 or Method 2 can incorporate many different types of scales. Each type of scale must be tested to the appropriate National Measurement Institute (NMI) set of testing rules applicable for that type/capacity scale. Only verified test masses (Regulation 13 test masses) can be used to test the scales. Your existing scale does not have to be a Trade Approved scale, but must be able to pass the complex set of NMI tests applicable for that type/capacity scale.

There are many different Scale Companies with licensed scale technicians that can test many of the different types of platform scales say from 30kgs right up to the 10,000kgs platform scales that could be used in the Method 2 weighing. However, with Method 1 weighing (weighing the whole sea container as a complete unit) the testing becomes more specialized, (ie weighbridges). It becomes even more specialized with very few companies and their technicians holding the NMI Class Y(b) license when it comes to testing the scales on such equipment as forklifts (whether small or large capacity) and especially the Reach Stackers and Straddle Carriers.

Instant Weighing can do all of the above testing, but specializes in the testing of your scales requiring the unique NMI Class Y(b) license. That is scales on forklifts (of all sizes and capacities) whether fitted with forks or spreader bar and especially scales on your Reach Stackers.

Instant Weighing first objective is to try and pass your existing scale as set out in the AMSA laws.

However, should your existing scale fail (even after recalibration attempts) the complex set of NMI test procedures, Instant Weighing has scales that when installed onto these types of machines, the rules under the NMI set of test rules, does allow our scales, to legally have a greater Maximum Permissible Error (MPE) to try to get the scale to pass. This is because the COMPULOAD series of scales for such equipment uses a weighing method called Dynamic Weighing.

One further benefit installing the COMPULOAD 6000 series scale onto either the forklift or reach stacker, is its ability to transmit the weight data (including container ID, date and time) back to the office PC via 3G or 4G to allow the sooner completion of the paper trail required by the Port Authority.

Should all of the above still not achieve an AMSA testing pass, for equipment fitted with the spreader bar lifting systems, there is a 3rd more expensive scale option still available, so that the forklift or reach stacker scale, can still be used for AMSA VGM weighing.

This method means changing out the pins that connects the hood to the spreader bar and replacing them with pins incorporating load cells. Alternatively, the twist locks can also be replaced with twist locks incorporating load cells.

Call Instant Weighing now Ph 9274 8600 for the testing of your existing scales to see if they can be AMSA compliant to determine a containers VGM weight.