Summer 2017

Far-reaching OEM deal

Strainstall’s Container Weight System expands on first year anniversary. 

As the legislation requiring all containers to have recorded and verified weights reaches its first year anniversary, Strainstall is expanding the reach of its innovative Container Weight System (CWS) through a partnership with Kalmar – a world-leading cargo handling equipment manufacturer.

This collaboration will see Strainstall’s system installed as an option on the production line for Kalmar’s reachstacker vehicles, to provide a flexible container handling solution for ports and terminals. By installing CWS during production, Kalmar provides a seamless method to verify container weights as part of any terminal’s normal handling process, and so support customers in their quest to comply with the SOLAS legislation.

In the last twelve months Strainstall’s CWS has been successfully retro-fitted into equipment at many of the largest international ports, but this contract sets a benchmark for installation into new container handling equipment at factory level.

Mikael Andersson, product manager at Kalmar Mobile Equipment says:

"This partnership allows us to offer customers a fully certified solution which demonstrates high levels of accuracy and is easy to install. CWS provides useable VGM information and identifies overloaded containers – ensuring the safety of reach stacker operators."

Although Kalmar, which is part of the prestigious Cargotec group, has selected CWS for its reachstackers, the highly accurate system can equally be incorporated into the production line for straddle carriers, rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs), rail-mounted gantries (RMGs) and top picks.

This first significant OEM (original equipment manufacturer) contract comes on the back of Strainstall successfully landing full automatic weighing instruments EU-type approval for CWS from the National Measurement and Regulation Office earlier this year and cements Strainstall’s central position in the important container weighing systems market.

When integrated into container handling equipment CWS is able to deliver accurate weight verification data in real-time, as part of the regular lifting cycle, with no driver intervention required.

Strainstall’s OEM manager, Andrew Snow says:

"We’re extremely pleased to have secured a major contract with a reachstacker OEM. This contract will give end users the choice to be able to provide verified gross mass for their customers with no impact to their lifting operations."

Weights and measures

  • Strainstall’s CWS is the world’s first system of its kind to achieve EU-type approval, which enables complete compliance to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations which came into force on 1 July 2016 making it a legal requirement for every export container to have a verified container weight as a condition for loading aboard a vessel.
  • When permanently installed on to reachstacker equipment, CWS has no consumable parts, which makes for minimal wear to help reduce operating costs.
  • In addition to providing the VGM for any container, CWS performs container snag detection and measures centre of gravity (COG) to help ensure the safety of container stowage and transportation.

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