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Griffith Elder help maximise shipping payloads

Shipping containers can now be weighed quickly and easily with Griffith Elder’s new weighing design

22th May 2009

Container Tilter

Griffith Elder have improved the “Container Tilter” by means of an innovative kit of weighing electronics for an application of great significance in the recycling business.

In recent times shipping costs have been on the rise, hitting scrap metal companies container loading to countries such as China and India. In order to maximise payloads, A-Ward, a New Zealand company, have developed the "Container Tilter”: a machine designed to turn the container on its end to be filled from the top. However space in a metal recycling yard is often tight, and moving a container in and out of the Container Tilter to be weighed on a weighbridge is not always a feasible option.

Griffith Elder have provided the solution to minimise hassle and maximise efficiency. By installing load cells under the Container Tilter, the whole machine is weighed without the use of an external weighbridge. A purpose designed weight indicator, operating from 12 volts, allows the weight of the empty container to be zeroed out so the indicator only shows the load weight inside the container. The indicator also has a radio link that communicates with a remote display in the cab of the loading grab, showing the operator exactly how much has been put in the container. A flashing light shows when the target weight has been met.

A great advantage of the Griffith Elder system is that it is calibrated in the factory before delivery, meaning there is no need to calibrate the system after installation. The digital output of the load cells ensures they do not go out of calibration during use.

The new improved Container Tilter has become very popular with metal recycling businesses all over the world. By this means a sea going container can be filled to the maximum allowable weight.