Autumn 2018

Working together on an all-new tip test

Group companies join forces to create a sophisticated new load-monitoring system for construction vehicles

Strainstall and Scotload have created a revolutionary new calibration system which will dramatically improve safety and efficiency by accurately assessing the working load of excavators and road-rail vehicles.

The system has been designed for a specialist plant machinery manufacturer to be used on a range of construction equipment it supplies to the rail, construction, demolition, recycling and mining industries.

Currently, the industry standard process for assessing maximum safe working load is known as the ‘tip test’ whereby installation engineers can make a visual assessment, noting at what point the load causes a wheel to leave the ground. This method is vulnerable to differences in interpretation as well as discrepancies with repeatability and accuracy.

However, the new rated capacity indication calibration system utilises a range of Scotload compression/tension load cells placed in various positions around the machine, which then feed information directly into Strainstall’s specialist software to ensure accurate, repeatable and safe calibration process.

Josh Jones, business development manager at Scotload says:

‘Working closely with James Fisher Prolec on this project has given us detailed insight into the application and has enabled us to produce a revolutionary new system which will dramatically change both the accuracy and safety of what has become an out-dated and unsafe process.

This project is a great example of James Fisher group companies coming together to devise an effective composite solution to market problems.’

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