One wireless base station can connect up to 16 Crosby Straightpoint wireless load cells, with an option of one cabled load cell. The base station transmits load cell data to the LoadConnect dashboard via a chosen network or nearby WiFi. When connected via a network, LoadConnect has the option to send data to a user’s mobile phone.

The dashboard provides users with fast, real-time load data, monitors errors and status, and has a map pinpointing exact product location. It also provides an overview of productivity and utilisation. Users can also access more in-depth statistics, historical readings, and view analytics, as well as schedule reports directly to any chosen email.

The solution will reduce site visits, improve decision-making, and safely monitor loads and line tensions.

The software is compatible with Crosby’s most popular wireless product, the Radiolink Plus, in addition to the Loadshackle and LoadSafe, while LoadConnect complements Crosby Straightpoint’s newest product, Bolt (Bolt On Line Tensiometer), a lightweight wire rope tensiometer or shunt tensiometer, “for fast and accurate measurement of tensions up to 20,000lbs (10,000kg) and up to 1.25in (32mm) diameter”. Bolt is designed for permanent installation, hence its suitability with LoadConnect.

Thomas Dietvorst, director of technology solutions at The Crosby Group, said: “This is a ground-breaking software solution, whereby you will be able to monitor loads… from anywhere around the world.

“LoadConnect will prove to be a game-changer for anyone using our wireless load cell range in industries such as telecommunications… eliminating the need for personnel to regularly visit remote locations to check line and wire tension. There are also many use cases in the construction sector and other industries where similar projects are common, such as ship building to monitor weight as loads are applied and nuclear power plants to prevent catastrophe.”

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