UK load-test specialist depends on HBM strain gauges for accuracy and reliability

British load-testing specialist, Straightpoint (UK), now uses HBM strain gauges in all of its force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cell products.

The company selected HBM to be its sole supplier of strain gauges some four years ago as the failure rate for its previous strain gauges had become excessive. David Ayling, Straightpoint's Director, says, "The failure rate since we switched to HBM strain gauges has been miniscule". There can be up to four strain gauges in some products.

Straightpoint, based in Hampshire, are global leaders in the design and manufacture of a large range of products with up to 1,000 tonnes capacity. These include its best-selling Radiolink Plus which is a wireless load cell used in a wide range of applications including overhead weighing, bollard pulling and tug testing.

The range of the wireless load cell is 250 metres and the unit is calibrated in tonnes although other ranges are available on request.

Ayling adds, "We are proud of our reputation for accurate and reliable measuring products making it essential that the strain gages we use meet those demands".

Straightpoint has also manufactured the Miniweigher Plus since 1987. This crane weigher scale suits most applications and is available with capacities ranging from100kg to 5 tonnes. All of the models in the range utilize push button control for the tare with and the units can be set to display in kilograms, pounds, kiloNewtons and tonnes.

The unit is supplied with a high quality Crosby hook and lifting eye although other fittings, such as Gunnebo or rod ends are available on request....
Straightpoint utilizes a modular construction method for manufacturing its products as this enables the company keep a large supply of partly built products in stock. These can be swiftly completed and dispatched to meet customer's orders with minimal delay.
Ayling comments, "HBM helps us to achieve our goal of being able to quickly get our products to our customers because it provides us with a swift and reliable service that matches our own values".

Straightpoint has manufactured force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cells products for over 30 years; over 55% of its products are destined for export.


About HBM:
HBM (www.hbm.com) is a globally operating company specializing in test and measurement. HBM provides complete measurement solutions - from sensor to software - based on high quality products as strain gages, load cells, tranducers, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics and software.

With development and manufacturing operations in Europe, America and Asia, HBM provides measurement solutions to a wide variety of companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail transport, medical equipment, packaging, appliance, automation, and scale industries.

With a 50 year history of quality and precision products, the HBM name has become synonymous with "Measurement with Confidence.

Founded in Germany in 1950, HBM is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA and China and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.

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October 2011

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