Straightpoint has launched a new product for measuring tension on static lines – the Clamp On Line Tensionmeter (or COLT)—with a state-of-the-art Bluetooth load monitoring app among a myriad of standout features.
The COLT measures tension on wire rope up to 11,000 lbf (lb. force) / 5,000 kgf (kg force) and up to 1 in. / 25mm diameter. It clamps onto pre-tensioned wire ropes, eliminating the need for additional sheaves or tooling, as is the case with alternative solutions.
An integral Bluetooth module, meanwhile, transmits tension data wirelessly to any smart device running the Android or iOS app that also contains an infinite wire rope library. Tension in wire ropes can be measured and logged within a few seconds.
David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, said: “Therein lies the two revolutionary features of the product. 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 from 3/16 in. to 1 in. or 5mm to 25mm.” 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. They will be available even to users who download the technology upon its launch.”
“Ideal for applications such as measuring the tension in guy wires on cell towers, bridges, stacks, antennas and masts as well as wire rope installations, utility cable overhead line monitoring, zip lines and fall arrest systems. The COLT, supplied in a purpose made carry case is portable and utilises standard alkaline batteries making this perfect for on-site cable tension measurement,” explained Gavin Ellis, Anchor’s national sales manager for lifting and rigging products.