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Straightpoint Helps Enhance Safety For Major International Water Company

Posted: Friday 24th July 2009

Global load monitoring manufacturer Straightpoint (UK) Ltd. have provided lifting and engineering firm Lloyds British with specialist equipment which has prevented overloading incidents and enhanced health and safety at Severn Trent Water, the world’s fourth largest privately owned water company.

These developments occurred through Lloyds British working with water company Severn Trent Water. Severn Trent Water, who serve over 8 million customers across the UK, use their lifting equipment and a chain hoist to bring the huge water pumps out of man-holes. This activity, which has to be carried out every 6 months by law, can be very dangerous as the chain and pump can get caught on its way up or be stuck to the floor due to excess sewage. When the pump becomes caught, the chain can be overloaded, leading to accidents.

Lloyds British have been using Straightpoint’s ‘Mini-weigher plus’ crane scales, which they have sold worldwide for over 30 years. Initially they purchased 2 demo units, yet now they have purchased over 250 ‘Mini-weigher plus’ crane scales for their lifting arrangements. The scale’s main function is to monitor loads being lifted but it also utilises unique features which specifically attracted Lloyds British. They are equipped with an audible setpoint alarm to inform the user that the force being lifted is overloaded and also an overload counter which informs the user via the mini-weigher screen. These options allow the user to always be in control of the situation with constant up-to-date knowledge of the weight being lifted.

James Simms, engineering manager of Rota Handling, a branch of Lloyds British has noticed the impact it has made to the efficiency of their lifting. “We have worked with Straightpoint for many years, using a variety of their load cell equipment. For this project we needed equipment which could keep us fully informed at all times of the force being lifted as overloading can put the people involved in great jeopardy. The Straightpoint ‘Mini-weigher plus’ perfectly fitted our requirements. The unique alarm and counter functions are vital in these situations, and the ability for the device to hold the peak load is also very important.”

Straightpoint (UK) Limited are world leaders in the design and manufacture of force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cells up to 1,000 tonnes capacity. They provide their equipment to lifting and weighing companies globally.

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