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TCA confirms first type-approved on-board mass system

Loadman Australia is the first to market with a type-approved On-Board Mass system, according to Transport Certification Australia (TCA) CEO, Chris Koniditsiotis.

“OBM systems are often referred to as on-board weigh scales or electronic weighing systems, and are widely used across the surface transport sector for commercial, contractual and regulatory purposes,” TCA said in a statement – explaining that there are three type-approved OBM system categories (A, B and C), which meet the needs of different stakeholders. Category A OBM systems electronically display mass information to drivers and/or loaders.

"All categories of type-approval are subject to an assessment of the performance-based requirements contained in the OBM System Functional and Technical Specification, comprising the accuracy, reliability and robustness – as well as tamper evidence and security relevant to the type-approval category – of OBM systems,” said Koniditsiotis.

"TCA type-approval also extends to a business and probity assessment of OBM system suppliers, which verifies the capacity of suppliers to meet the expectations of consumers and end-users.

“With OBM Systems serving many end user needs, type-approval caters for a range of uses without being hardwired to one policy need,” he said.

Loadmass Managing Director, Frank Parker, said that Loadman Australia has worked closely with Loadman in the US to develop an OBM system capable of meeting TCA’s performance requirements.

"To obtain type-approval, we made enhancements to the LM300 Can-Coder product which we've been offering to Australian customers since 2009,” said Parker.

“The enhancements focused on reliability and accuracy – including updated methods for system installation and calibration – to meet TCA's requirements, as well as meeting the needs of our customers across a range of uses.

"Meeting TCA's performance requirements ensures our customers can purchase a product which has been evaluated independently and meets the highest standards for on-board mass systems for use in heavy vehicles.”

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