Load cell specialist Straightpoint has a new product for measuring tension on static lines: the Clamp On Line Tensionmeter (COLT).
COLT measures tension on wire rope up to 11,000 lbf (pound force) / 5,000 kgf (kg force) and up to 1 inch (25 mm) in diameter. According to the company, it clamps onto pre-tensioned wire ropes, eliminating the need for additional sheaves or tooling, as is the case with alternative solutions. An integral Bluetooth module transmits tension data wirelessly to any smart device running the Android or iOS app. Contained within the app is a ‘wire rope library’.
The company claims tension in wire ropes can be measured and logged within seconds. David Ayling, Straightpoint managing director, said, “Measuring tension of differing wire rope diameters often requires different sheaves to be exchanged - requiring tools and other ancillary equipment. The COLT boasts an integral quick adjustment mechanism, meaning it can be used to measure wire rope diameters ranging from 3/16 of an inch to 1 inch (or 5 mm to 25 mm).
“We’ll launch the app with a library of around 20 different rope types but as our library here increases over time, the information will be forwarded to all app users via updates.”
The COLT is machined from aluminium and has an IP67 / NEMA6 waterproofing rating. An auto-locking magnetic handle mechanism is fitted for security when installed. Claimed battery life is up to 1,000 hours.
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