February 14 - Straightpoint has launched the Clamp On Line Tensionmeter (COLT), which is able to measure tension on static lines of varying diameters and type.

The COLT measures tension on wire rope up to 1 inch (25 mm) in diameter, as well as taking into consideration composition, size, construction, type of core and lay. It clamps onto pre-tensioned wire ropes, eliminating the need for additional sheaves or tooling, as is the case with alternative solutions, says Straightpoint.

A bluetooth module transmits tension data wirelessly to any smart device running the Android or iOS app that also contains an infinite wire rope library, meaning tension in wire ropes can be measured and logged within a few seconds.

David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, said: "Measuring tension of differing wire rope diameters often requires different sheaves to be exchanged, requiring tools and other ancillary equipment. The COLT boasts an integral quick adjustment mechanism, meaning it can be used to measure wire rope diameters."

He added: "We'll launch the app with a library of around 20 differing rope types but as our library here increases over time, the information will be forwarded to all app users via updates."