James Fisher Strainstall secures OEM contract with Kalmar for installation of CWS™ during production of reach stackers.

James Fisher Strainstall secures significant contract with reach stacker OEM to install its container weighing system during production.

James Fisher Strainstall (JF Strainstall) has secured a significant contract for its innovative Container Weight System (CWS)™ with a reach stacker original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kalmar – part of Cargotec, closely following EU approval of the system.

As the leading provider of container weighing systems and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, JF Strainstall’s OEM contract win with Kalmar cements its position in the container weighing systems market, which has been estimated to reach USD 3.95 billion by 2022.

The Kalmar reach stacker contract gives its customers’ the choice of installing JF Strainstall’s Container Weight System™ to ensure compliance to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment for the verification of container weights, as a fully certified solution. Installing CWS™ during production helps to ensure SOLAS compliance and provides operators with a means of providing the verified gross mass (VGM) of containers.

Mikael Andersson, product manager at Kalmar Mobile Equipment said:

“We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers a fully certified solution to determine container VGM for SOLAS compliance. JF Strainstall’s solution has demonstrated high accuracy and is easily to install, providing useable VGM information as well identifying overloaded containers for the safety of operators.”

JF Strainstall’s CWS™ seamlessly integrates load monitoring technology onto container handling equipment, such as reach stackers, delivering accurate weight verification data in real-time, as part of the regular lifting cycle, with no driver intervention required. Permanently installed on the reach stacker equipment, CWS™ has no consumable parts, ensuring minimal wear to help reduce operating costs.

Simon Everett, managing director at JF Strainstall said:

“We’re extremely pleased to have secured a major contract with a reach stacker OEM, in quick succession to EU approval for our container weighing system. This contract will give end users the choice to be able to provide VGM for their customers with no impact to their lifting operations.”

CWS™ was specifically developed to meet the SOLAS container weight verification regulations and has been successfully installed at a number of international container terminals and container handling equipment, where the system has demonstrated its high accuracy.

CWS™ also doesn’t just provide the verified gross mass of a container, but also container snag detection and its centre of gravity (COG), helping to ensuring the safety of container stowage and transportation.