Crosby|Straightpoint has launched its Insight software system that allows users to monitor up to 126 load cells from up to 700 m away, before and during a lift.
Insight is described as a revolutionary centre-of-gravity tool that offers load monitoring in four main areas: multi-channel display and data logging; load visualisation; proof load testing; and centre of gravity analysis. The product can be used with a laptop, tablet or other Windows devices, and comes with a SW-D USB wireless dongle.
Users can view and log load data from connected individual and multiple load cells, live on screen and directly into a csv file for later analysis at speeds of up to 200Hz.
For more complicated lifts, users can import a photo and drag and drop load cell displays in the visualisation mode to create an image that looks like the lift, said Crosby|Straightpoint.
Proof load testing capability allows real-time graphing of load tests and auto-generates test certificates.
Finally, Insight can be used to weigh and calculate the centre of gravity of large items and structures.
David Mullard, business development manager at Crosby|Straightpoint, said: “Each of Insight’s main features represents cutting-edge load monitoring technology in their own right, but what really distinguishes the system is its ability to perform all of those … with one single software purchase and wireless dongle. Compared to alternative solutions on the market, Insight offers superior functionality and user-friendliness.”
He added that the system can be used to scan for wireless load cells within a 700 m area, which allows an entire site to be monitored, or a select number of load monitoring products on a planned critical lift. “You can remotely wake-up load cells that are already rigged in the application, get the signal, and start monitoring to keep equipment, loads, and people safe,” he said.
Insight utilises Crosby|Straightpoint’s proof test plus software to record data gathered by a Radiolink plus load cell, load shackle or compression load cell, for example. It can create a pass or fail certificate that includes test data and graphs charting data from the load versus time throughout a test. Another feature is a visual and audible alarm that indicates overload, under-load, low battery and communications errors.