Facility managers go green: National Weighing & Instruments

A push towards increased sustainability performance outcomes is inspiring the commercial and industrial sector to turn to waste management audit software.

A sustainable transformation towards NABERS ratings usage has in the past year been making waves across the commercial and industrial (C&I) waste sector.

According to the NABERS Annual Report for the financial year 2018-19, the new waste rating acts as the foundation of a circular economy, with 10 leading retail organisations using the system.

The popular system, which measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, tenancies and homes, has according to National Weighing & Instruments led to a spike in demand for its industrial weighing solutions in the C&I space.

It comes as firms are increasingly looking to understand how much waste they are producing to not only reduce their environmental impact, but potentially lower their costs.

Marketing Manager Ryan Reinker says unlike traditional waste management audit software, the Industrial Waste Management (iWM) System is an all-in-one package that comprises scale, weighing and software componentry.

“The benefit of our system is you have one point of contact through us with no yearly license or software fees. Once operators purchase the system, it’s theirs,” Ryan says.

He says that there is minimal maintenance required with only yearly calibration and scales, unless users choose to take up a leasing option.

The iWM system offers a comprehensive record for managing a variety of waste streams at a diverse range of facilities, including office blocks, hotels and restaurants, school, colleges and universities, factories and hospitals. The system is powered by a weighing computer and runs on Windows CE.

The system also offers legal-for-trade weighing systems for those charging by weight. Key features include a versatile touchscreen, spreadsheet printouts in CSV form, full traceability for invoicing and suitability for all types of wheeled bins up to 1100 litres.

Waste bins and containers can be electronically tagged by waste type and client, with a tag reader sending data directly to the terminal. Tags can be programmed with information including tare (empty weight), client ID and location. Data redundancy ensures the data can be captured using the device itself in the event of SIM failures.

“For tenants, they can have a breakdown of waste streams to monitor how much they are producing,” he says.

Ryan says it’s also a closed system, meaning that if companies need to allow remote access they can supply their SIM cards to National Weighing & Instruments on a closed network for remote support, assistance or training. Additionally, changes or alterations to software are not possible, preventing troubleshooting issues from exacerbating.

With a national presence in every major city except Canberra, National Weighing & Instruments stands ready to provide strong after-sales support.

“This, added to the remote login feature for service support, gives us superior after-sales assistance,” he says.

As for the company’s next steps? Ryan hopes it can become even more user-friendly by offering innovative features, such as taking snapshots of bins to provide evidence of contamination in real time, as opposed to traditional manual recording.

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