A smart load sensor developed in the U.K. by Sensor Technology provides all the information needed to optimize efficiency and increase profitability of a wide range of industrial operations. The new development allows weighing processes to be fully integrated with handling operations. All live data is captured in real time and can be transferred to a database and stored. Known as LoadSense, this intelligent load sensor can be integrated with a crane hook, fork lift or other handling device. It has an on board single-chip computer for recording, analyzing and archiving readings and wireless communications capability that can transfer data in real time to a host computer.
LoadSense is built around an intelligent load sensor, a hand-held display and a receiver. The load sensor is based on proven strain gauge technology, and is calibrated as standard in the range 1-10 tonnes, with other ranges available on request. Multi channel operation is standard. The transmitter enables accurate load data to be sent to the handheld display. The load cell provides data logging capabilities for subsequent downloading into a PC.
"Our main markets are materials handling and warehouse operations, where the intelligence will convert raw data into instant stock counts," says Tony Ingham at Sensor Technology. "We have already had enquiries about raising nuclear fuels rods, monitoring window cleaners' cradles on high rise buildings and winching and weighing building materials."