Another month and lots more news!
Here’s what’s happening in the world of Mr Loadlink since my last blog a month ago:

A ‘Wizard’ Event in Kansas
I’ve just got back from exhibiting at the AWRF (Associated Wire Rope Fabricators) general meeting in Kansas, which we attended with Straightpoint Inc, our US office.  It was a real pleasure to meet so many people and I’d like to say a special hello to Knut and Jay, who are avid readers of Mr Loadlink and are now new drinking partners!  The event itself was a great success and we had people literally queuing to place orders for our Radiolink and Shackle loadcell products!  We also had a visitor from The Wizard of Oz’s very own lion…

mr loadlink meets wizard of oz lion

Loadcell hire division now launched
Due to demand, we recently launched a hire division for loadcells ranging from 500kg to 250tonnes, available immediately on a weekly or longer term basis.  Prices start from just £80 per week and the range includes both compression and tension loadcells, all pre-calibrated and supplied with certificates and, as standard, our 12 month Straightpoint warranty.

Straightpoint welcomes new UK Sales Manager, Steve Woodhead
Steve has recently joined Straightpoint, liaising with lifting equipment distributors throughout the UK and Ireland.  I’m delighted to welcome Steve to the team and I also asked him for his findings so far!:
“I’ve worked in the lifting equipment industry for many years.  A lot of people think they can only buy economically-priced products if they import them from China.  That’s not true!  Straightpoint’s comprehensive range of loadcells are both economically-priced and made to high UK quality standards, making this well-established brand a key player in the global market.  I’m really pleased to be working for Straightpoint.”

A Straightpoint Mug is on its way to Clayton Engineering Ltd!
Clayton Engineering manufactures launching equipment and specialised launching vehicles, and also offer a design and manufacture capability for high quality mechanical engineering products built to order. They used Straightpoint’s 25 tonne loadcell to monitor the loads when recovering the RNLI Tamar lifeboat during new boathouse commissioning trials.  If you would like to win one of our Straightpoint thermal mugs, simply send us some images of our loadcells in use in situ with a brief description…

loadcell used by lifeboatloadcells in use






Further Recent applications:
Straightpoint’s loadcells were put to good use in Falmouth Harbour for granite block mooring weighing:

Straightpoint’s loadcells were used for a crane test in Cyprus:

loadcells used in crane test

We’ve recently heard that there are a few new Chinese-sourced loadcells available in the UK market at knockdown prices.  I’d just advise to check the quality of the materials used and the standards of their manufacture for safety reasons.  If a loadcell fails, the results could be catastrophic and could cause untold damage to operators of machinery as well as the equipment and container contents, so it’s worth buying from a reputable company or a specialist.  (NB Straightpoint’s products are built using aerospace-grade materials with accurate calibration that can be traced back to a National Physical Laboratory-based master load cells.  In addition, all our products and work come with a 12 month warranty as standard.)

And finally…
Steve from LCM Systems and I have an annual golf challenge.
Steve wins every year, although I hope to have the cup in my hands one of these years!