Leaving our factory this week are 10 off S-type load cells, that will be used in Portable Saddle Clamp Testers. These will be delivered to a customer that designs and manufactures specialist equipment and tooling for pipelines. Saddle clamps are used extensively in the gas and water industries to ensure the optimum force between the electrofusion fitting and the pipe. Over time the spring within the saddle clamp can weaken, so regular calibrations are required to check that the applied force remains within the required range. The Portable Saddle Clamp Testers enable this to be carried out easily and quickly in the field. Our STA-1 load cells are ideal for this application, as they offer 0.02% accuracy and are environmentally sealed to IP67. As per our customers requirements, the load cells have all been calibrated in both kN and newtons.
This 30 tonne capacity tension and compression load cell has been purchased by an Iranian company who will use it to offer a mobile calibration service to their local industrial customers. With an accuracy of 0.06% of rated load it is ideal for providing high accuracy load measurements, and having standard metric threads at each end for adding rod end bearings makes the measuring of tensile forces very easy to achieve. Manufactured from stainless steel and with environmental sealing to IP66, this robust load cell will easily withstand the rigors of the application.
Ready for despatch this week are 12 x stainless steel load links, all rated to 14te, for a container port operator in Turkey. This customer purchases these load links on a regular basis, having been designed to meet their exact specification and dimensional requirements. Installed on RTG Cranes to form part of their crane weighing system, they are manufactured from stainless steel and environmentally sealed to IP67, making them perfect for long-term operation in a marine environment. They also have 4-20mA output for direct data input to the ports PLC system.
LCM Systems have manufactured 28 load pins for use in a theatrical stage lift application. The requirement was for 4 x 6te, 16 x 11.5te and 8 x 15.5te load pins, each with 4-20mA output, which will be installed in stage lifts at the Hale Centre Theatre in Utah to monitor the loads on the chains that drive the lifts. This will allow real-time monitoring to ensure loads are equally distributed and within operational limits.
Packed and ready for collection on Monday is a 400te telemetry load shackle, which has been ordered by a major oil & gas contractor. The traceability requirements were extensive, with non-destructive testing and proof load testing of the load shackle body and pin carried out at GN Rope premises and witnessed by ABS, as well as material traceability to 3.2 (EN10204). The calibration was also witnessed at our factory on the Isle of Wight. The load shackle was supplied with a specially designed bobbin which increased the diameter of the load pin to ensure it fit perfectly within the weighing assembly. From order receipt to despatch was just 6 weeks, which included all the testing.
Leaving for Norway today are four 380te load pins, which will be installed in a shark jaw chain stopper arrangement on an Anchor Handling Tug. They will be used to measure the loads on the anchor chain to ensure it remains within safe limits. Environmentally sealed to IP67, with integral 4-20mA amplifiers and 12m of armored cable, these stainless steel load pins have been designed to be robust enough for long-term operation in an offshore environment.
Heading off to Singapore this week are two 150te load pins which will be installed on the deck of a marine vessel in a pulley sheave. These load pins will be used to measure the tension in the mooring line to ensure loads remain within safe operational limits. Manufactured from 17-4PH stainless steel and environmentally sealed to IP67 for suitability in the marine environment, the load pins also have an integral 4-20mA amplifier for signal output directly to a PC.
Leaving the factory today are two small compression load cells, rated to 5 tonnes. These are for a Norwegian customer for use as part of overload controls on personnel lifts on offshore oil & gas platforms. Because of the operational environment, the load cells have to be suitable for use in harsh operating conditions and ATEX/IECEx approved – in this case Ex d for Zone 1 hazardous areas. The load cells are supplied complete with load cap, 10m of cable and Zone 1 approved enclosures to house a 4-20mA amplifier.
We have just despatched 6 sets of load pins with handheld displays, all neatly packed in a transit case. These kits will be used in a specially designed assembly for supporting the engine of A400M military transport aircraft while a gearbox change is carried out. Two load pins are attached to vertical turnbuckles and register the engine weight, which can then be balanced between the two pins to ensure even weight distribution on the support assembly. The other two load pins are attached to lateral turnbuckles, which, whilst registering some of the engine weight, are also used via the turnbuckles to apply a pre-load to support the engine when the gearbox is removed.
A submersible 250te load pin left our factory this week which will be used for mooring line tension monitoring on an FPSO. The load pin is fitted with a specially design cage to protect the load pin connector and is supplied with an anti-rotation bracket.