There are several universally accepted methods with which to weigh cargo or intermodal containers marked for shipping. Accurate weights provide shippers and shipping customers the information needed to ensure goods will arrive at a given destination intact and on schedule while promoting safe weight distribution for multiple modes of transportation.

Additionally, there are times accurate weights must be collected for equipment safety limits. Examples include ensuring a given flooring structure can support a large machine for manufacturing, ensure lifting and other transport equipment can safely move a given object, and monitoring safe weight distribution of objects to be transported. 

Accurate shipping weights are required in order to be compliant with many industry and government standards. IMO SOLAS Chapter VI guidelines require Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for container weights, with two different methods to obtain the VGM:
  • Method 1: Weigh the packed container directly, or use weights from vehicle transaction
  • Method 2: Weigh each item loaded into container and add tare weight of empty container
Intercomp scale pads capture weights of a variety of objects, including pieces of heavy equipment. Applications listed below are viewed through the lens of shipping uses, however these techniques are easily applied to other industries to fill virtually any application.

Container Method 1
cargo shipping
Obtaining Verified Gross Mass (VGM) by weighing a container can be accomplished by under container weighing, using portable static scales. When using this method it is important that no part of the item being weighed touches the ground as that will impact the resulting value.

For shippers determining VGM for lower-volume operations, under-corner weighing is an excellent option.

Portable Scales enable under corner weighing, or weighing of bulk cargo that has non-standard dimensions.

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Dynamic Weighing Method 1