WELMEC (originally Western European Legal Metrology Cooperation) is an organisation promoting European Cooperation in Legal Metrology. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement, incorporating not only practical applications but also theoretical studies.
As the complexity of legislation imposed on companies within our industry increases, it is becoming a difficult task to make sense of the requirements we are expected to fulfill. In this section we will discuss where the WELMEC guidelines come from and how they apply to Seven Telematics.
WELMEC (originally Western European Legal Metrology Cooperation) is an organisation promoting European Cooperation in Legal Metrology. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement, incorporating not only practical applications but also theoretical studies. As of 2015 WELMEC has 31 members and 6 associate members. WELMEC’s regulations are only applicable in the European Union and the European Free Trade Area (This is the EU in addition to Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein).
WELMEC is predominantly focused around the security and integrity of data, as well as the ability to provide absolute transparency in respect to any parameter alterations made, either officially or otherwise.
Seven Telematics has achieved full WELMEC accreditation and therefore, our company is wholly compliant with the Measuring Instruments Directive . Although technically only a guide, WELMEC has an increasing influence on the industry and is likely to form the basis for the modification of the aging EN12830 legislation.
WELMEC aim to be the primary source for trusted advice on legal metrology issues in Europe. WELMEC’s main objective is to facilitate the application of European Directive 764/2008/EC. This outlines the procedures relating to the application of certain national technical rules affecting products being marketed in another member state. The organisation is ensuring that legal metrological control is not a barrier to the free movement of measuring instruments. These are also known as the Mutual Recognition Regulations, it requires that all member states provide free information on their national technical rules and sets out a standard procedure for enforcing those rules. The representative UK body is the National Weights and Measures Laboratory (Teddington).
Section 7.2 of WELMEC’s guidelines directly addresses the manufacturers of measuring instruments. This section of the guidance concerns the application of the Measuring Instruments Directive 2004/22/EC (MID) to software-equipped measuring instruments.
Seven Telematics provides the highest quality products that unconditionally conform with the guidelines of WELMEC, and specifically Section 7.2 . Transcan® is a built-for-purpose measuring instrument. This means that in the context of the guidelines the Transcan® product is referred to as a P-Type product, rather than a U-Type product where a Universal Computer is used. This means the product is designed and constructed specifically for the task in hand, and therefore the entire application software is built for the measuring purpose.
WELMEC is effectively a guide to best practice based on the Measuring Instruments Directive 2004/22/EC. Whilst being a guide, it has become widely accepted as the desired standard across Europe. The organisation is now also recognised by the European Commission.
The recorder contains device-specific parameters that can be adjusted to allow the end user a high degree of customisation and individual configuration. However, the legally relevant parameters are not adjustable. This means that your data recorders will be collecting accurate and valid information, this is key to ensuring that your fleet is meeting your exacting standards. In addition to this, any changes that are made will be logged automatically, providing a secure forensic audit trail and thereby ensuring that your company adheres to the increasingly stringent guidelines within the temperature controlled transport industry.
The Transcan® system has integrated RAM storage, this is non-removable storage that is incorporated within the measuring instrument. Seven Telematics are not satisfied by simply achieving the minimum requirements demanded by legislative bodies within the industry, this is why Transcan® will store data for two years, rather than a single year as needed by EN12830. By combining these features the Transcan® system offered by Seven Telematics is truly tamper-proof.
Here at Seven Telematics we understand that researching legislation is a time consuming task, so if anything you have read is unclear or you have any further questions please contact us.