World first container weighing scales now available in Australia

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Award winning Container Weighing Jacks, the world’s first portable scales to accurately weigh shipping containers in any location, are now available in Australia.

Bison, a leading NZ scale manufacturer, developed The Container Weighing Jacks following new global rules that will require shippers to accurately verify all export container weights.

The new rules will apply from July 1, this year.

Bison, has forged a strategic partnership with National Weighing & Instruments to market the new scales in Australia.

This fast and efficient weighing solution is now available to shippers and their service providers across Australia.

“Weighing Jacks are unique in that they allow an operator to accurately confirm a container’s weight and load distribution at the packing location,” said National Weighing Manager, Phillip Moraitis.

“Not only does this set shippers up to comply with the new container weighing rules, weighing the container at the packing point helps an operator optimize shipments, avoid dispatching overweight containers and eliminates the cost of weighing individual cargo items or diverting laden containers to a weighbridge.“

Two weighing methods

Under the new rules, shippers must ensure that the weight of every laden export container is verified using one of two weighing methods and communicated to the shipping line in time for preparation of the vessel stowage plan.

Without a verified container weight, the shipping line and terminal will be prohibited by law from loading the container on board a vessel.

Responsibility for verifying and communicating a container’s weight rests with the shipper.

Only two methods of weighing a container are permitted – to either physically weigh the full container with calibrated and certified equipment, or to weigh all cargo and packing items with certified scales, add the tare weight of the container and calculate the weight.

Developed with the new weighing rules in mind, Bison Weighing Jacks are rugged industrial scales that give shippers a fast, smart and accurate option for physically weighing containers.

Simple to use

The jacks comprise four small scales that attach to each corner of the container, jack the container off the ground, then transmit weight data direct to a smart-phone.

An Android App calculates the container weight instantly, confirms the container’s load distribution and lets users store, print and feed the weight record into existing information systems.

In October last year Bison was awarded the gold pin award for its innovative product design at the New Zealand Best Design Awards. 

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