Modulift launches new Active Link spreader beam
By Christian Shelton15 February 2017
UK-based adjustable lifting beam solutions provider Modulift has launched Active Link - a new end unit system with an integrated load cell that is compatible with the existing range of Modulift spreader beams. It will provide wireless real time data by measuring the load at either end of the spreader beam, making it a transceiver when connected to a Windows computer or a tablet with a spare USB port.
According to Modulift, Active Link (which replaces the standard drop link component) offers time, cost and weight savings as measurement technology doesn’t have to be sourced as an additional rigging tool. Another key feature is that the height of rigging is significantly reduced; this is especially beneficial in low headroom applications.
Modulift has worked closely with UK load monitoring and load cell equipment specialist Straightpoint to integrate its strain gauge technology into the new spreader beam concept. David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, commented, “Rigging a load cell into a crane or lifting application takes up space that can otherwise be removed by incorporating the load cell in the beam itself. In the case of a Modulift spreader beam, the drop link lends itself perfectly to the adaptation and the product makes a lot of sense to both manufacturers.”
The Active Link is available in a range of capacities up to 100t based on standard Modulift beam sizes from MOD 12 to MOD 70H; the initial range will be AL 12, AL 24, AL 34, AL 50, AL 70 and AL 70H. The new drop links are designed to fit standard end units, as well as the standard top and bottom shackles specified for the spreader.