TCA’s OBM is first to mar­ket

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TRANS­PORT Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Aus­tralia an­nounced the first type-ap­proved OBM Sys­tem.

TCA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris Koni­d­it­si­o­tis said Load­mass Pty Ltd (trad­ing as Load­man Aus­tralia) must be con­grat­u­lated for be­ing the first to mar­ket with a type-ap­proved OBM Sys­tem.

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.

There are three cat­e­gories of type-ap­proved OBM Sys­tems (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,” Mr Koni­d­it­si­o­tis said.

“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 hard-wired to one policy need.”

Load­mass man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Frank Parker said Load­man Aus­tralia worked closely with Load­man in the United States 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,” Mr Parker said.

“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.”

To find out more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.load­man.com.au.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

AGREE­MENT HAN­DOVER: Chris Koni­d­it­si­o­tis from TCA and Frank Parker at the han­dover of the Type Ap­proval Agree­ment.

LM300 in-cab dis­play.

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