News & Case Studies
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Australia’s Dynamic Rigging Hire used a 100t capacity Straightpoint (SP) Radiolink plus load cell to complete tests on two 90.7t capacity Shuttlelift mobile gantry cranes in Melbourne recently.
Dynamic, a lifting and rigging equipment rental company, sourced the load cell from Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd., which is its go-to partner for force measurement solutions. Elevate, formerly Hoisting Equipment Specialists (HES), also provides specialist lifting equipment to the Australian market.
The new Shuttlelift cranes, tested to 91.5t, will be utilised by the end user to lift pre-cast super T-beams at a manufacturing facility in the city’s western suburbs. They had to be load tested prior to being put into service to comply with Australian Standards; they will also be subjected to periodic testing to maintain that compliance.
The Radiolink plus combined with a pair of 120t capacity shackles, 100t capacity roundslings and a 145t capacity Maxirig spreader beam. The owner of the cranes engaged the services of its mobile crane provider to assist with the counterweights, which in turn requested Dynamic to provide the rigging gear to lift the counterweight tray and the calibrated load cell to record the tests.
Dean Nelson, CEO at Elevate, said: “It’s a valued partnership we have with Ross Johnson [general manager] and his team at Dynamic. The mobile crane provider used one of its Franna pick and carry cranes to place the counterweights in the superlift tray and the set up of the load cell and rigging gear was also uncomplicated.”
He added: “The readings were monitored by the crane technicians who used the load cell to make adjustments to the scale system on the cranes. Both cranes were load tested and had their operating systems set within an afternoon. The following day saw operator training and the cranes finally placed into service in a very busy pre-cast yard.”
The Radiolink plus, SP’s best-selling product, was used with the Handheld plus reading device, which enabled the rigging team to monitor the cranes at a safe distance. They utilised the long range 2.4GHz version providing a wireless range of 1,000m (3,280 ft.). However, Bluetooth output can also be utilised, connected to any smart phone running the manufacturer’s free HHP app (named after the Handheld plus) on iOS or Android at ranges up to 100m (328 ft.).
Nelson said: “The Radiolink plus has been widely covered in earlier case studies, but in every application its various features are showcased at the coalface of our industry. We strive to provide more for our customers and have made a name for ourselves and built a reputation in the lifting and rigging industry by providing a standard of quality in our products unlike any other. SP’s technology aligns with that ongoing strategy.”
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Straightpoint (SP), a Crosby Group company, has recognised the outstanding achievement of 12 regional distributors. The awards, given annually, reflect the performance and merit of global partners during 2019.
In each case, SP named a company and stated how it had pioneered success in a particular region. David Ayling, global business development director for load monitoring solutions at SP, stressed that financial performance is only a secondary judging criteria, which is largely overlooked in favour of a wider commitment to SP values.
Ayling said: “We have been distributing the awards for a number of years. Importantly, this isn’t a revenue competition; they might be 20th on the list in financial terms but in our ‘top five’ based on the criteria we deem of greater significance as they pertain to this concept. We reward distributors and partners that have dedicated themselves to the partnership and adopted the ethos that we live by here at SP. Winners must have excelled in representing our product range in their marketplace, while sharing the DNA that we look for in our own staff at UK headquarters.”
This (last) year’s winners are spread across the globe with a plaque customised for each winner being sent to recipients in the Americas; Asia-Pacific (APAC); and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Ayling said: “We try to ensure that there is a spread of geographies represented but, again, we don’t want to detract from the essence of the award. If more people win it in APAC one year versus the Americas, so be it. We look for the efficiency with which companies deal with enquiries, the ideas they’ve shared, the extent to which they’ve supported our promotional campaigns by sharing photos and case studies, and so on.”
Ayling recalled notable case studies throughout the year, including Ontario-based Equipment Corps Inc.’s use of a dozen wireless load cells to raise a pair of non-identical refinery modules; and load tests recently completed by Australia’s Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd. on two 90.7t capacity Shuttlelift mobile gantry cranes in Melbourne. Dutest, meanwhile, earned praise having only secured distributorship of the entire range of SP products throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this year.
“All of our winners deserve a huge amount of credit and we’re already looking forward to seeing who wins the awards in 12 months time,” Ayling added. Of the latest companies to receive the accolade, some are repeat winners while others will display the award for the first time, he confirmed.
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Singapore-based Gas Oil Services (GasOil), a specialist provider to the offshore oil and gas industry, has delivered a wireless 80t capacity Straightpoint (SP) Running Line Dynamometer to a pipe laying project offshore Taiwan.
The dynamometer, part of SP’s tension in motion range, was purchased by a Japanese company that employed it on wire rope as the cable was deployed from a vessel. The end user sought a wireless versus a cabled solution. Sometimes called a TIMH, the product is built with dockside, marine, offshore, towage and salvage applications in mind. It is typically used when there is no anchor or dead end on the line, for example, when there is a requirement to measure a force at a specific point of a longer line.
Stephen Vanicek, marketing manager at GasOil, said: “As is often the case, an offshore project was presented with a requirement to find out the weight of a load or the force on a wire rope or line. We supplied the TIMH and accompanying software, which allowed the end user to constantly monitor the forces being applied on a rugged tablet that was mounted on the vessel. The client could accurately measure tension, speed, and pay in / pay out in real time.”
The TIMH is available in capacities up to 150t, as standard. In this case, the line pull was only 25t but due to the diameter of the wire rope, a larger unit (80t) was required. Constructed from marine grade stainless steel, it is suitable for many wire rope configurations. As an option, it can calculate lineout in metres or feet along with line speed.
GasOil supplied the long range 2.4GHz version of the product, providing a wireless range of 700m (2,300 ft.) to SP’s SW-MWLC software (handheld HHP devices are also available), but Bluetooth output is another option, which can be connected to any smart phone running a free HHP app on iOS or Android at ranges up to 100m or 328 ft. Either way, the product is available to ship from stock, to anywhere in the world within days, which Vanicek acknowledged is a prerequisite in this demanding sector.
He said: “Often, we get such a request for a measuring device when the project is underway, so the speed at which force measurement technology can be delivered to a site is of paramount importance. We get a lot of enquiries from the oil and gas market for force measurement equipment and the technology, including the TIMH, is becoming increasingly popular—as is momentum towards wireless solutions.”
David Ayling, global business development director for load monitoring solutions at SP, said: “The focal point of the design process was to create a product that was modular in construction with consistency of components so we can assemble units and ship them very quickly.”
Vanicek added: “Business in the [oil and gas] market in Southeast Asia is continuing to pick up. We note that it’s somewhat slower than certain other regions but there’s an uptick in demand to encourage us as we head into 2020. This was the first product we’d sold to this customer but it has already led to repeat business and we anticipate that further orders will follow. SP’s equipment performs in line with stringent requirements.”
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Central Environmental Inc. (CEI) used a 10t capacity CableSafe running line dynamometer from Straightpoint (SP) to honor a contract for Alaska Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU), which is currently delivering a major project in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Utility contractor CEI applied the CableSafe, designed for measuring synthetic rope tension, and accompanying Bluetooth technology during installation of a water main pipe. CableSafe is more commonly seen in the broadcast and telecommunications tower erection, service, and maintenance industry.
CEI used the product with a hydraulic winch to monitor the slip lined 8-in. fusible High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Standard Dimension Ratio (SDR)-11 pipe, where the tensile strength could not exceed 25,000 lbs. Bluetooth prevented the need for personnel to stand next to the line under tension during the slip line operation; readings were taken on SP’s accompanying app and documented for the customer.
Jay Stepetin, project manager at CEI, said: “The load cell was the only device that was practical for our situation; we measured the tension frequency at the default two-second intervals. The slip line operation was conducted using a hydraulic winch on the receiving pit and an excavator to aid in guiding the pipe into the 10-in. cast iron carrier pipe. The CableSafe allowed me to record the tension exerted on the slip line HDPE SDR-11 pipe, while also providing radio direction to employees at each end of the job during the slip line operation.”
“The standout challenges were presented by dewatering the insertion pits and limited workspace,” he added.
Stepetin explained that CEI’s full scope of work centered on providing a redundant water supply to the approx. 110 customers East of the Muldoon Curve on Regal Mountain Drive and Chaimi Loop. It involved excavating, shoring, dewatering and exposing the existing 10-in. water main cast iron pipe (CIP) at Regal Mountain Drive and Tikishla Street to create safe insertion pits for installation of the new 8-in. fusible HDPE SDR-11 water main pipe. CEI replaced the existing, corroded 36-in storm drain corrugated metal pipe (CMP) that crosses the existing 10-in. CIP at Tikishla Street. Further, it required documenting the condition of the existing 10-in. CIP carrier pipe by video inspection and verified that it was clean and free of obstructions that could restrict insertion or slip line of the 1,120 LF of 8-in. HDPE SDR-11 pipe.
SP recently updated its Bluetooth capability and launched an enhanced version of its popular HHP app. Load cells now use wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances to communicate with up to eight devices, carrying the information up to 100m (328 ft.) away. Collected data can be sent onto other recipients in the form of an Excel spreadsheet or PDF report. Users can send reports from the same device that captures data that is already on the user’s person—such as a mobile or cell phone.
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PT. Dalaz Teknik Utama used a 12t capacity Radiolink plus Straightpoint (SP) load cell and a Crosby shackle of the same capacity to complete a series of tests during fabrication of a power generator module at a Wasco Energy fabrication yard in Indonesia.
PT. Dalaz Teknik Utama overcame limited access and a tight time schedule to complete over 200 force measurement tasks primarily related to lifting equipment, padeyes and monorails. The mechanical handling test and certification-based scope of work was delivered to the project as a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is prepared for work in the North Sea’s Kraken Oil Field.
Each component of the main engine had to be weighed, including the turbo-charger (3,575kg), air cooler (610kg), cylinder head (1,250kg), piston (255kg) and camshaft gear wheel (685kg). The wide-ranging project also included painting of monorails, padeyes and the engine room gantry crane, while all lifting equipment had to be marked with the safe working load (SWL).
PT. Dalaz Teknik Utama, which delivered thorough reports to the customer using SP’s latest technology, is a specialist provider of inspection and certification services, chiefly to the oil and gas market. Founded in 2014, it primarily focusses on lifting activities and non-destructive testing. Force measurement technologies are a key component of day-to-day activities.
Dovi Suprayetno, country manager at Siaptek Indonesia, an SP distributor, said: “The demands placed upon a testing company by the oil and gas sector are widespread. Not only do we have to deliver our work in a hazardous environment, but we’re often put under increased pressure by access offshore, confined spaces and generally fitting in with the scheduling of a fast-moving sector.”
Suprayetno explained that SP, a Crosby company, is pioneering continued progression away from mechanical dial scales and the latest ATEX / IECEx products are perfectly suited to applications in the oil and gas market. The Radiolink plus, he said, boasts a separate internal sealed enclosure providing the load cell's electronic components with IP67 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing, making the dynamometer suitable for use in the harshest environments. It is SP’s best-selling product. In this case, measurements were taken on a wireless Hand Held plus.