Straightpoint Completes First Year as Supplier of ATEX Load Cells
28 February 2017
Twelve months after launching an ATEX and IECEx version of its most popular product, the Radiolink plus wireless load cell, Straightpoint’s expanded range of equipment with Zone 0, 1 and 2 hazardous area classification has been extensively applied in the oil and gas industry.
The force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell equipment manufacturer now also offers ATEX versions of its wireless Handheld plus, compression cells, shackle cells, load pins and the Running Line Dynamometer (or TIMH). All products are in accordance with the new 2014/34/EU directive (updating 94/9/EC) and boast classification in Zone 0, 1 and 2, which is unprecedented in such below-the-hook technologies.
David Ayling, director at Straightpoint, said: “Given the well documented slowness of the oil and gas market globally, we have been satisfied by consumption of the ATEX range. Our optimism is further fuelled by increased positivity among professionals from the sector, which indicates that we are about to enter a period of sustained activity in the world’s offshore industry hotbeds.”
Consistent with Straightpoint’s standard range, the Radiolink plus, capable of both weighing and dynamic load monitoring in hazardous environments, has been most widely utilised, but the entire range has been supplied to order on high profile BP projects in addition to being sourced from distributors’ stock all over the world.
Ayling added: “A hallmark of our standard and ATEX ranges is our ability to deliver to worksites, even in remote offshore locations, to short lead teams. We can certainly process an order and get it shipped within two days, for example. The relevant marketplace is appreciably more bullish than it was, say, this time last year and we’re excited about what the sector might look like going into H2 2017 and beyond.”
Roshan Divakaran, design engineer at Straightpoint, continues to lead the company’s ATEX division and has been in ongoing dialogue with the Sira Certification Service, an independent certification body, for three years since the range was conceptualised in early 2014. Sira will be involved in the development process if a rejuvenated oil and gas industry demands updates to a constantly evolving product range.
The Radiolink plus is available from stock in capacities from 1t to 300t, is constructed from high-quality aircraft grade aluminium and features an advanced internal design structure. It is supplied with an update rate of 3Hz and can be easily configured to run at speeds of up to 200Hz. Data is transmitted wirelessly utilising the latest in IEEE 802.15.4 (2.4 GHz) technology, providing safe, high integrity, error-free transmission of both static weight and dynamic loads to an ATEX / IECEx approved wireless handheld controller—the SW-HHP-ATEX.
The wireless compression load cells, meanwhile, offer major time savings in eliminating the need for problematic and hard to maintain cables. Drilling platforms, silos and heavy lifting projects have all leveraged the benefits of this wireless capability. The product boats a licence-free transmission range of up to 700m (2,300 ft).
More information about the full ATEX range, including shackle cells, load pins and the Running Line Dynamometer, are available at: www.straightpoint.com/atex-load-cell.html
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