One of the things that we pride ourselves on here at LCM Systems is to guarantee that all products that leave our premises are very much ‘fit for purpose’ and have undergone the required quality control checks. But are all companies so diligent? It doesn’t seem so. I am always warning companies that when buying load cells and systems that are used in safety critical applications, price can’t always be the overriding factor when making a choice.
And it was brought home to us here in the Isle of Wight when in two warm spells in the Spring and Summer of 2012 our roads melted. What? yep, the roads melted. Does anyone remember it being that hot? I certainly don’t. Well, it turns out that there was a ‘material failure’ with the road surfaces and even in reasonably expected summer temperatures, the roads melted. There is a report here. It cost the contractors a lot of money to put it right. Luckily no lives were put at risk, but that wouldn’t be the case with many of your load cells.