....a load off my mind!

A big catchup….

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As usual, there’s lots going on in the world of Straightpoint! Read about my travels, meet our new staff, find out about our products being used on the UK’s highways, and read Straightpoint’s front cover story in Lift and Hoist International magazine!

Travels

I’ve just got back from my travels.
Firstly, I visited the Far East, including China,Singapore and Thailand. I’ve also just attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, US with John Molidor from our US office, where several key USA Straightpoint distributors were in attendance including Bishop Lifting and Delta Rigging.
After the show, John and I provided a sales training workshop with the Bishop Lifting sales team to bring them up to speed with new products and to discuss the numerous applications for the Straightpoint range of loadcells.

We then visited Delta Rigging’s facility in Angleton, TX to meet with up with the Delta sales team and take a look at their ever-growing fleet of Straightpoint rental loadcells.
We are also excited to welcome Mick Cropper, Delta’s Straightpoint product specialist who will be liaising with Delta’s staff, customers and John Molidor.

Visiting customers with Intermarine, Singapore

Visiting customers with Intermarine, Singapore

Visiting Kyloweigh in China:

Visiting Kyloweigh in China

New Staff in USA and UK!
I would like to introduce you to three new members of our UK and US teams.

Jenifer Wolfe joins our US office, who is working with the Western Hemisphere office as a liaison for customers and suppliers, bringing with her over ten years of customer and sales support experience.

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Richard and Paula Sharp with Jenifer Wolfe (right)

Richard Woollett joins us as Financial Controller. Fresh from the world of commercial banking, he is well equipped to watch the numbers as the business continues to grow. Edwin Dunnell also joins our UK team as an experienced administrator, assisting with calibration reports and administration. Welcome to the growing team (more staff news to come in my next blog)!

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Pictured left to right: Richard Woollett, David Ayling and Edwin Dunnell

Case Studies:
I thought I’d let you know of a few recent (and varied!) applications of our loadcells:
Radiolink Plus helps with testing phase of new product US company Bardex Corporation, producers of heavy load handling and position systems for the offshore oil & gas/shipyard industries, recently used Straightpoint’s Radiolink Plus loadcell during the test and development phase of a product to protect wire rope as it is being pulled through the ocean during the towing of semi-submersible platforms.
The Radiolink Plus was used to measure both the clamping force as well as the load required to release the clamp and cover assembly.

Here is a brief video overview of the testing:

Christian Van Den Heuvel, Mechanical Design Engineer at Bardex Corporation said “This unit has been priceless for me. It’s much lighter than I thought it would be and I couldn’t have accomplished what I needed without this unit. It worked flawlessly.”

Straightpoint Products Being Used by The Highways Agency to Clear Carriageways Quicker
I’m delighted to announce that Straightpoint’s Radiolink Plus loadcells are now being used by The Highways Agency, which is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England. Following national training, the loadcells are now being used to enable quicker clearance of carriageways in the case of an incident. Highways Agency traffic officers use the loadcell devices to monitor and record towing forces, ensuring the traffic officer vehicles do not exceed their maximum safe towing capacities.
Straightpoint was located by Pro-tect Safety Signs to help deliver a loadcell solution to The Highways Agency. Pro-tect Safety Signs‘ Account Manager, Andy Roberts, told us ‘Since the very first day of this project, Straightpoint have been 100% effective and when faced with challenges and requests for bespoke solutions for our client, they have always come up with a solution and in cases where time was against us all, they have delivered.’

loadcells used by highways agency

Straightpoint loadcells in use by highways agency

Royal Connections!
Did you read Lift and Hoist International’s cover story about our Radiolink Plus loadcell being used to weigh two historic boats of note for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard recently? If you didn’t catch it, the article looked at how Straightpoint’s loadcell played a key role in weighing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Barge as well as a WWII rescue boat. Richard Hellyer, a volunteer from the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, said ‘primarily we needed to know exactly how much these two boats weigh so they could be safely lifted or transported by road. In addition, we are putting new engines and new propellers into one of the boats, so we needed all the correct measurements and weights to fit the right propeller.’  Click here to read the full article

If you have an application for one of our products you’re able to share with us (text and images or video), I’d love to hear from you, too… (if so, a Straightpoint goody bag awaits!)

And Finally…
Our partners Van Gool in the Netherlands have been carrying out some extra tests on our 200t Radiolink!!!

Van Gool performing extra tests on 200T RLP load cell

Van Gool performing extra tests on 200T RLP load cell

Quiz Night
Straightpoint UK recently entered two teams into a charity quiz night, organised by our company accountants, Moore Stephens, as part of their annual charity fundraising. Over £1500 was raised at the quiz night, which is being donated to Chestnut Tree House, a brilliant children’s charity that provides hospice care for sick children as well as support for their families, whose aim is ‘to make every day count. The good days, the bad days and the last days.’ It was a great evening and the questions were varied and difficult. ‘Straightpoint Strollers’ had a healthy mid table finish (I won’t mention where ‘Straightpoint 6′ came!!!) Andrew Henshaw, Managing Partner at Moore Stephens told us ‘We could not have done this without the fabulous support of our clients and business friends, who have been more generous than we could have hoped for. But it is for a terrific cause!’ I look forward to supporting your charity quiz again next year with some more Straightpoint teams!

Straightpoint charity quiz night

Straightpoint charity quiz night

LiftEx 2014
The Straightpoint team were part of  the LiftEx exhibition in London’s ExCel where I gave a presentation on a new model of our Radiolink Plus in the Innovation Theatre.
Straightpoint were runners up in LEEA 2014 innovative product award after showing their new model of the best selling Radiolink plus.
But more about this next time….

Welcome to my first blog of 2014! 

2013 was one of our best years of trading since the company was formed in 1978. It seems that the overall UK economy is looking rosier for 2014, too. According to a BBC story, growth remained strong in January for the UK manufacturing industry; the UK’s construction sector grew last month at its fastest pace for almost six and half years and business confidence is at a record high.
Our US office is also benefitting from the growing US economy and has doubled its staff and orders over the last 12 months. According to the Financial Times, The Commerce Department reported that the economy grew by 3.2 percent in the final quarter of 2013.
This all bodes well for all of our businesses! Rest assured that our bigger team (big announcement in our next newsletter and my next blog!) and bigger factory will mean that we’re set to cope with the growing demand!

Travels
Since my last blog in December, I’ve been busy visiting our US office, our new North African partners EMH France and Royal Wagenborg in Holland with our Dutch partners Van Gool.

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Pieter Van Duijn & Mr Loadlink (aka David Ayling)

I have some major travels coming up, but I’ll give you the highlights in a future blog!

New User Manuals Now Available in 12 languages
For those of you whose first language isn’t English, we have good news. We’ve launched new user manuals in 12 different languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and more… The manuals are available on-line or in printed hard copy – feel free to contact me if you’d like us to send any manuals to you.

Data Logging Update
For those of you who’ve used our data logging software to link the display of cabled load cells to a single PC, we’ve made a few upgrades to make it even more user-friendly. The key one is that it now includes up to 20 logs per second (previously 3 logs per second), which is ideal for those monitoring dynamic loads.

Keep your eyes peeled
We’re currently in our rigorous testing phase for several new products we’ll be launching later this year, so keep your eyes peeled for details in forthcoming blogs.
However, if you’d like to trial a pre-launch version of our new-version Radio Link Plus for free and would be willing to provide a photo (or video) and details of the project you’re using it on, please do get in contact with me.

Case Studies
Thanks to those of you who sent us details of Straightpoint’s products in use within your environment, after seeing our request in our recent newsletter – a goodie bag is on its way to you all!
I’ll be featuring some of the case stories in future blogs.

And finally…
Straightpoint’s US office have recently assisted critical lifts at the Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant in Waynesboro, Georgia, US. Heading up the project for Georgia Power, CB&I used our Radiolink Plus load cells in conjunction with our software, allowing the user to display and log data of up to 24 of our wireless loadcells into a single Windows PC. The most recent Straightpoint units were supplied directly from one of our US partners, Delta Rigging and Tools.

delta rigging
If you have an application for one of our products you’re able to share with us (text and images or video), I ‘d love to hear from you, too… in return I will send you a goody bag.
Mr Loadlink