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400te Load Pins for Bridge Structural Monitoring
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We have recently desptached 35 load pins, each rated to 900klbf (400 tonnes) to our USA distributors, Interface Inc. They will be used to provide structural monitoring on the replacement Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California, and will identify any changes in load conditions as well as any movement due to seismic activity or high winds. The load pins incorporate integral amplifiers to provide 0-10V output for simple integration into the new DAQ system that will process the data for analysis.

120klbf Load Measuring Pin

Manufactured for one of our regular customers and leaving the factory this week is a 120 klbf (5.4 tonne) load pin which has a very large diameter in comparison to its load capacity. This is because the load pin is a direct replacement for an existing load bearing pin, so dimensionally has to match it exactly, despite the dimensions being far from optimal. To enable the load pin to accurately measure the required load, the load pin was machined with extra deep grooves to provide adequate strain when subjected to that load.

10 x 900kN Load Pins for Marine Mooring Winches

Leaving the factory today are 10 x 900kN load pins for a European customer that specialises in the design of winch systems and deck equipment for the marine and offshore industries. These load pins will be incorporated into their mooring winches to provide mooring line tension monitoring. The load pins are manufactured from stainless steel and sealed to IP67 to ensure suitability in a marine/offshore environment, and incorporated integral amplifiers to provide 4-20mA output. 3.1 material certificates were also provided.

150te Marine Load Pins

Heading off to Singapore this week are two 150te load pins which will be installed on the deck of a marine vessel in a pulley sheave. These load pins will be used to measure the tension in the mooring line to ensure loads remain within safe operational limits. Manufactured from 17-4PH stainless steel and environmentally sealed to IP67 for suitability in the marine environment, the load pins also have an integral 4-20mA amplifier for signal output directly to a PC.

Load Pins for Aerospace Application Despatched

We have just despatched 6 sets of load pins with handheld displays, all neatly packed in a transit case. These kits will be used in a specially designed assembly for supporting the engine of A400M military transport aircraft while a gearbox change is carried out. Two load pins are attached to vertical turnbuckles and register the engine weight, which can then be balanced between the two pins to ensure even weight distribution on the support assembly. The other two load pins are attached to lateral turnbuckles, which, whilst registering some of the engine weight, are also used via the turnbuckles to apply a pre-load to support the engine when the gearbox is removed.

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