Ontario Ice Rink Project Benefits from Wireless Load Monitoring

The BroadWeigh(tm) wireless load monitoring system chosen to ensure structural safety when installing over-head multi-screen

Ice Rink Multi-Screen
Ice Rink Multi-Screen
Wireless Load Monitoring Shackles
Wireless Load Monitoring Shackles

Mantracourt have announced that their BroadWeigh™ wireless load monitoring system has recently been employed for the safe installation of a large overhead multi-screen display system at an ice rink in North Bay, Canada.

The BroadWeigh system was used initially to monitor the loads on four electric chain hoists during the lifting operation, and then to confirm the loads on the final rigging hardware for the multi-screen display.

The BroadWeigh portable wireless system offers real-time, simple, effective and accurate load monitoring for rigging professionals, safety officials and site managers enabling them to monitor and log the precise loads on any given rigging point.

Central to the design of the BroadWeigh system are Crosby shackles equipped with a high accuracy, wireless load pin that reports data remotely to a computer or a handheld display. The system is able to monitor multiple load cells and can trigger an alarm should a load exceed a preset parameter. During this project the load data from each wireless load cell shackle was displayed on a computer screen.

David Bond, BroadWeigh’s North American representative, worked together with Guy Wallace and the Westbury National Show Systems Ltd. team to address their requirements and concerns prior to the purchase as well as instruction and support on site during the operation. This instruction included both the hardware and software elements of the system.

“The lifting procedure was a critical stage of the installation,” said David.

“Should one hoist not support its equal part of the load, then that corner would drop and the structure would tilt on just two opposite suspension points, grossly overloading those two points. This could have caused a catastrophic failure. The BroadWeigh wireless system enabled the team to closely and accurately monitor the situation throughout the procedure.”

The BroadWeigh system is increasingly being seen as a cost effective solution for entertainment venues, touring companies and production suppliers, to provide essential measurements of force helping operatives eliminate overload risks. The BroadWeigh system has been developed in conjunction with entertainment industry professionals for real world work environments.

About BroadWeigh

BroadWeigh is designed and manufactured by Mantracourt Electronics, a world leader in high precision measurement electronics in fields such as aerospace, Formula 1 racing, machinery automation and much more.

As a key technology provider to leading OEM’s for over 40 years, Mantracourt pride themselves on exceptional reliability, quality and support. Their load pins are manufactured from high tensile stainless steel with a rotating bobbin which centralises the load and minimises any point load effects. The market leading Crosby shackle completes the package to supply an exceptional wireless load monitoring solution for rigging professionals.

Designed to aid rigging professionals on a daily basis, BroadWeigh provides high accuracy static and peak loads in real time.

BroadWeigh is one of the few wireless products of this type on the market which incorporates a high accuracy load pin with this unique low trim loss design. The system is fast and simple to use and offers an expandable format to suit individual requirements simply by adding or subtracting wireless shackles or other acquisition devices.

The BroadWeigh receivers are interchangeable and not dedicated to specific load cells unlike some wireless systems on the market.