This week at the Intermodal Europe exhibition in Rotterdam UK engineering firm Hy-Dynamix announced new improvements to the Hy-Weigh system for weighing containers it launched in May.
Hy-Weigh uses four independent hydraulic jacks connected to a portable hydraulic power pack to raise and weigh a container. The weighing system now incorporates strain gauges and wireless reporting technology from Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd (DLM). The strain gauges, which replace the original pressure transducer, are installed inside twistlocks and are accurate to +/- 2% in a wide range of ambient conditions.
Hy-Weigh also incorporates DLM’s load monitoring technology, generating 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.
“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,” said Martin Halford, Managing Director, DLM .
Speaking with WorldCargo News Graeme Parkins, Managing Director, Hy-Dynamix said the new control system, which incorporates a Siemens PLC and electronics, is an important development as customers want to send VGM data to systems wirelessly. Hy-Dynamix and DLM have focused on building integration capability, rather than developing an app that generates an electronic VGM document. These, Parkins added, “are just digital paper” and do not really lower administrative costs.
Hy-Weigh is manufactured in the UK and built to withstand a harsh working environment. The controls have an IP65 rating and the product has been tested and CE marked by TUV. The first two units are now in service and Parkins is highly optimistic the market for portable weighing systems will grow significantly. The shipping industry is only really just starting to get to grips with VGM, he added, and when shippers and freight forwarders start to see and measure the ongoing costs of weighing containers at port more will look to weigh containers at their own premises.
The companies are now working on a design that can be used to weigh containers on a trailer, which is expected to be launched early in 2017.