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Specifications Relating to Non-automatic Weighing Devices (1998) (SI/98-81)

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Specifications Relating to Non-automatic Weighing Devices (1998)

SI/98-81

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT

Registration 1998-07-08

Specifications Relating to Non-automatic Weighing Devices (1998)

The Minister of Industry, pursuant to paragraph 10(1)(i)Footnote a of the Weights and Measures Act and sections 13Footnote b and 27Footnote b of the Weights and Measures RegulationsFootnote c, hereby establishes the annexed Specifications Relating to Non-automatic Weighing Devices (1998).

June 15, 1998

John Manley
Minister of Industry

Interpretation

  •  (1) The definitions in this section apply in these Specifications.

    actual scale interval

    actual scale interval or d means the value, expressed in units of mass

    • (a) with respect to analogue indications, of the difference between the values corresponding to two consecutive scale marks; and

    • (b) with respect to digital indications, the difference between two consecutively indicated values. (échelon réeloud )

    automatic indicating device

    automatic indicating device means a weighing device in which the position of equilibrium is obtained without an operator’s intervention. (appareil de pesage à équilibre automatique)

    auxiliary indicating element

    auxiliary indicating element means a rider, a vernier or, in the case of a digital indicating device, the last figure after the decimal sign that is clearly differentiated from other figures such as by size, shape or colour. (dispositif indicateur auxiliaire)

    initial zero-setting mechanism

    initial zero-setting mechanism means a feature that automatically sets a weighing device to zero at the time the device is switched on and before it is ready for use. (dispositif de mise à zéro initiale)

    maximum capacity

    maximum capacity or Max means the maximum weighing capacity of a weighing device and, in the case of a multiple range device, the maximum weighing capacity of the relevant range. (portée maximaleouMax )

    metrological function

    metrological function means a function of a weighing device that is necessary for the measurement process — including the sensing of the measured quantity, the transmission, processing, storage and correction or adjustment of measurement signals or values and the indication or printing of measurement values — and that can impact on the final quantity determination or price calculation or affect the validity of transactions. Metrological functions include, but are not limited to,

    • (a) displaying or printing gross, tare, net and negative weight values, zero, and unit and total prices;

    • (b) setting zero, linearity, sensitivity, scale intervals, maximum capacity and motion detection; and

    • (c) performing the computation and rounding of price and weight values and the storing of values. (fonction métrologique)

    module

    module means a part of a weighing device that

    • (a) performs a specific metrological function;

    • (b) can be examined and tested separately; and

    • (c) is subject to the error limits set out in these Specifications. (module)

    multi-interval device

    multi-interval device means a weighing device

    • (a) that has a single weighing range divided into partial weighing ranges, each of which has a different scale interval; and

    • (b) in which the appropriate partial weighing range is automatically determined according to the load applied, both for increasing and decreasing loads. (appareil à échelons multiples)

    multiple range device

    multiple range device means a weighing device that

    • (a) has, for the same weighing and load-receiving element, two or more weighing ranges, each of which

      • (i) extends from zero to the maximum capacity of the range, and

      • (ii) has a different verification scale interval; and

    • (b) selects automatically, or permits the operator to select manually, any of the weighing ranges. (appareil à étendues multiples)

    non-automatic indicating device

    non-automatic indicating device means a weighing device that requires an operator’s intervention to obtain equilibrium, such as an equal-arm scale with weights. (appareil de pesage à équilibre non automatique)

    non-automatic weighing device

    non-automatic weighing device or weighing device means a weighing machine that weighs discrete loads and that requires an operator’s intervention during the weighing process, such as to deposit the load to be measured on the weighing and load-receiving element and to remove it therefrom or to obtain weight results. (appareil de pesage à fonctionnement non automatiqueouappareil de pesage )

    number of verification scale intervals

    number of verification scale intervals means the value obtained by using the following formula:

    Max/e

    where

    Max
    represents the maximum capacity, and
    e
    represents the verification scale interval. (nombre d’échelons de vérification)
    on-board weighing system

    on-board weighing system means a weighing device designed to be an integral part of, or attached or secured to, the frame, chassis, lifting mechanism or bed of mobile equipment such as a truck, tractor, trailer or forklift. (système de pesage monté sur véhicule)

    verification scale interval

    verification scale interval or e means a value, specified by the manufacturer and expressed in units of mass, that is used for the classification and inspection of a weighing device. (échelon de vérificationoue )

    weight classifier

    weight classifier means a weighing device with a digital indicating element that rounds a weight value up to the next verification scale interval. (appareil classificateur)

  • (2) In these Specifications, a reference to a verification scale interval or actual scale interval refers to that of the weighing range or partial weighing range, as the case may be, that is being tested.

  • SI/2005-85, s. 1

Application

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), these Specifications apply to any non-automatic weighing device and to any equipment or accessory that is attached to the device or used in conjunction with it.

  • (2) A non-automatic weighing device that, before June 15, 1998, was approved under subsection 3(1) of the Weights and Measures Act or inspected under the terms of a previous enactment — or whose class, type or design was so approved —

    • (a) is subject to the performance requirements set out in these Specifications; and

    • (b) is not subject to any of the provisions of these Specifications relating to design, composition, construction or marking where the non-automatic weighing device meets the requirements that applied when its class, type or design was approved or, failing which, that applied to the device on its approval or inspection.

  • SI/2005-85, s. 2

Classification of Non-automatic Weighing Devices

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the classes of non-automatic weighing devices are as set out in column 1 of the table to this subsection on the basis of the device’s accuracy, verification scale interval and number of verification scale intervals as set out in columns 2, 3 and 4, respectively, of that table.

    TABLE

    Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4
    Verification scale interval (e)Number of verification scale intervals
    ClassAccuracyInternational UnitsCanadian UnitsMinimumMaximum
    Oval outline with the text I inside
    Specialee50 000– – –
    Oval outline with the text II inside
    High0.001 g (0.005 carat)0.00005 ounce (troy ounce)100100 000
    ≤ e ≤≤ e ≤
    0.05 g (0.2 carat)0.002 ounce (troy ounce)
    e ≥ 0.1 g (0.5 carat)e ≥ 0.005 ounce (troy ounce)5 000100 000
    Oval outline with the text III inside
    Medium0.1 g ≤ e ≤ 2 g0.0002 pound (0.005 ounce)10010 000
    ≤ e ≤
    0.005 pound (0.1 ounce)
    e ≥ 5 ge ≥ 0.01 pound (0.2 ounce)50010 000
    Oval outline with the text IIIHD inside
    Medium (high capacity devices)e ≥ 2 kge ≥ 5 pounds2 000– – –
    Oval outline with the text IIII inside
    Ordinarye ≥ 5 ge ≥ 0.01 pound (0.2 ounce)1001 200
  • (2) On-board weighing systems are limited to Classes Oval outline with the text III inside, Oval outline with the text IIIHD inside and Oval outline with the text IIII inside.

  • (3) The verification scale interval of Class Oval outline with the text III inside on-board weighing systems shall not be less than 5 g.

  • SI/2008-81, s. 1

 Where a weighing device is marked or operates in legal units of measurement other than those referred to in these Specifications, such as in degrees Fahrenheit or carats, the equivalent values in those other units of measurement shall be used for the purpose of applying these Specifications.

Verification Scale Interval

 The verification scale interval for Class Oval outline with the text I inside and Oval outline with the text II inside weighing devices that are not equipped with auxiliary indicating elements, for Class Oval outline with the text III inside, Oval outline with the text IIIHD inside and Oval outline with the text IIII inside weighing devices, for multiple range devices and for multi-interval devices is equal to the actual scale interval.

 For multi-interval devices, the verification scale interval of a particular partial weighing range must be smaller than the verification scale interval of the immediately superior partial weighing range, and each range must comply with the requirements set out in section 3 for the class into which the device falls.

 The verification scale interval for Class Oval outline with the text I inside and Oval outline with the text II inside weighing devices that are equipped with auxiliary indicating elements corresponds to the value of the scale interval preceding the actual scale interval of the auxiliary indicating element, and is larger than the actual scale interval.

Performance - General

In-service Limits of Error

  •  (1) The in-service limits of error set out in column I of the table to this section apply, in respect of each class of non-automatic weighing devices set out in column II of that table, according to the specified load.

  • (2) In the table to this section, m means the weight of the load placed on the weighing device, and is expressed in the number of verification scale intervals.

  • (3) The in-service limits of error that apply to a Class Oval outline with the text IIIHD inside weighing device are ±1 e where the load is not less than zero and not more than 500 verification scale intervals, and where the load exceeds 500 verification scale intervals, calculated by adding ±1 e for each additional 800 verification scale intervals or less, to a maximum of ±22 e.

    TABLE

    Column IColumn II
    Limits of errorClass
    Oval outline with the text I inside
    Class
    Oval outline with the text II inside
    Class
    Oval outline with the text III inside
    Class
    Oval outline with the text IIII inside
    ± 1 e0 ≤m≤ 50 0000 ≤m≤ 5 0000 ≤m≤ 5000 ≤m≤ 50
    ± 2 e50 000 <m≤ 200 0005 000 <m≤ 20 000500 <m≤ 2 00050 <m≤ 200
    ± 3 em> 200 00020 000 <m≤ 100 0002 000 <m≤ 4 000200 <m≤ 400
    ± 5 e– – –– – –4 000 <m≤ 10 000400 <m≤ 1 200
 

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