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Straightpoint Launches Running Line Dynamometer

Posted on September 11, 2015

Force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell manufacturer Straightpoint has launched a new product for measuring tension on lines—the Running Line Dynamometer (or TIMH).

The product, part of the tension in motion range, is built with dockside, marine, offshore, towage and salvage applications in mind but it is anticipated that the TIMH will also be used in other industries once it is proven in the field.

End users have noted two outstanding features of the dynamometer. First, the product is launched with a Straightpoint hallmark, the ability to deliver to a short lead-time of within just three days. Second, it can be 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.

Straightpoint director David Ayling 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. This ability continues to be one of the factors that sets us apart from competition so we must launch new products in tune with the same ethos.”

As is the case in many industries, lifting professionals overseeing marine, offshore, towage and salvage applications are often presented with an unforeseen requirement to find out the weight of a load or the force on a wire rope or line. When a project is already underway, the speed at which force measurement technology can be delivered to a site is of paramount importance.

Straightpoint can also provide custom-engineered mounting solutions, upon request, which Ayling anticipates being able to take from order to delivery in four weeks. He said, “It is common to see such dynamometer technology in the field operating with a standard model articulating arm, but when there is a requirement for an attachment we will tailor a solution accordingly.”

The TIMH is constructed from marine grade stainless steel and is suitable for many wire rope configurations up to 80t and will, as an option, calculate lineout in metres or feet along with line speed. It is available as a wireless or cabled system utilising the HHP range of handheld displays or SW-MWLC software.

Ayling added,  “The conception of the product followed ongoing consultation with our marine customers but as the dynamometer demonstrates its capabilities onsite, we anticipate that it will be utilised by a variety of other sectors and end user markets.”