I always think that it’s important to make sure our message is where are customers are. Don’t you? And more and more people are using their mobile phone for communication, and I don’t just mean calling and texts! With a multitude of apps, people are constantly posting and checking social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter on a regular basis. You can find us on all these forums (probably should be fora?). Click on on the icons and join us.
I would be really interested to know which is your favourite Social Media site and which would you use to get technical and application information about load cells and instrumentation. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish the results at a later date.
As the nights are drawing in and the days getting colder, it’s time to reflect on another successful year at LCM Systems. Although we have seen year on year growth for the past few years of around 30%, it is this year that we have felt business confidence improve in all areas of the business. Have you been witnessing the same thing? So much so, that we have had to taken on new employees in production, design and marketing ! I will introduce you to our new people in the next blog entry.
However, our team is still not complete. We are currently looking for a Sales Administrator to work here at our HQ in Newport, Isle of Wight. All details are here on our website. SO, if you are looking for an interesting role in a fast growing company, then please apply. Closing date for applications is Monday 21st October 2013.
We also have some exciting news about faster delivery and a reduction in some load cell prices – keep coming back for more information soon!
Continuing our planned expansion to provide customers with a greater range of load measurement products and ex-stock load cells, we are pleased to announce that we have just taken delivery of new curing ovens that will result in increased production of higher capacity load cells.
Over the past 2 years, we have expanded our manufacturing, production and storage facilities by over 70%, and this latest installation further shows our commitment to providing customers with the best quality standard and customised load cells. In particular, these new curing ovens will enable the company to enhance the development, manufacture and supply of our high capacity load cells. The new curing ovens have four times the capacity of the existing ovens, enabling large sized load cells and load pins to be completely manufactured in house, leading to faster delivery times and reduced costs.
LCM Systems is well known for its CPA series of compression load cells that are available with a rated load range to 1000+ tonnes. These load cells have a wide range of applications from general weighing or heavy lifting to complex centre of gravity solutions. Due to the wide range of applications in which these load cells are used, we can also supply many special options including a domed top, with or without a loading cap, integral carrying handles, mounting bases, integral connectors and internal analogue/digital signal amplifiers.
As well as the standard CPA range, our design engineers have a wealth of experience in designing customised high capacity load cells for specific applications. Load cells with capacities of up to 1500 tonnes have been developed, manufactured and delivered on time and within budget.
Get in contact with us either call: +44 (0)1983 249264 or email: email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We are pleased to announce that our best selling range of low profile compression load cells, the CDIT Series, is now available ex-stock. This means that customers requiring low profile, highly accurate button compression load cells for a wide range of general force measurement, process measurement and control and testing applications can be guaranteed fast delivery and low prices, particularly for bulk orders.
One of the most popular load cells in the range is the CDIT-1. Manufactured in stainless steel and offering a high level of corrosion resistance, the CDIT-1 is ideal for standard load measurement applications, particularly in harsh environments and especially where space is limited.
These low-cost load cells are available with ranges covering 0-100kg to 0-5000kg. All load cells in the CDIT range are calibrated to national standards, are easy to install and give long term, reliable operation.
The load cells can be supplied individually or busy engineering departments can speak to LCM Systems’ technical department and have complete systems designed and delivered, saving both time and money. Call us now on +44 (0)1983 249264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for for more information.
Here at LCM Systems we can supply a range of ex-stock bow shackle load cells and we offer next day delivery on our range of standard TELSHACK-B load cells. However, sometimes the off-the-shelf solution isn’t quite right for a customers’ specific application and it’s here where LCM’s in-house design team and extensive experience in customising load cells gives us a competitive advantage.
This happened recently when a multi-national marine engineering company in Canada enquired about the TELSHACK-B load cell. They liked the principle of a wireless telemetry shackle, but wanted to measure ship docking tension on a winch. The main requirements were that the load cell had to be shackle style; it had to be light enough for a single operator to lift it manually, yet it had to be robust enough for use in an offshore and heavy industrial environment. Additionally, the solution had to be wireless so as to avoid trailing cables and full traceability was required on all materials. This was hard to achieve with a conventional shackle, when the measurement range is 85te. But this did not daunt our design engineers. A more compact, lightweight solution was needed.
The result was the LCM3782 85te Wireless Telemetry Mooring Link Load Cell. Stainless steel was the manufacturing material of choice in order to keep the load cell light but strong. The solution was to use a compact 180T Tonsberg Mooring Link, the load cell pin was replaced with a stainless steel pin and the wireless telemetry housing was also constructed from stainless steel. This made the shackle load cell light enough make operating the winch a one-man operation and a handheld battery powered display was supplied, with a gross/net facility for monitoring ease. To further ensure that the system could withstand the harsh operating conditions it was sealed to IP67 and the complete system was supplied fully calibrated and issued with certificates, traceable to UKAS.
We actively encourage customers who do not see exactly what they want on our website to call us with their specific applications. This way, if we don’t have a standard product that is entirely suitable, we can customised existing load cells or design a completely new product to customers’ exacting requirements. Call us anytime on 01983 249264 or email email@example.com
Following the launch of our large digital display units, we are pleased to announce a new range of panel mounting display units for use with any of LCM Systems’ load cell products, including those with integrally mounted amplifiers. There are three models within the PMD Range: the PMD-Process for use with most industry standard voltage & current analogue process signals; the PMD-Strain for use with strain gauge bridge based sensors, including load cells and load pins and the PMD-Serial, which can be connected to a RS232 or RS485 ASCII serial bus, primarily for use as a remote slave display.
There are a number of options available that can be mixed and matched, depending on a client’s particular application. One of the main advantages of these new indicators is that they are so easy to set up and use. All 3 indicators have menu free set up and calibration and to further simplify commissioning, a pictorial instruction manual has been produced. This provides step-by-step details for each function so saving time searching through an overly complex manual.
All three models can be supplied in either AC or DC powered versions with a wide choice of analogue, relay or digital outputs and all option boards are pluggable and have the advantage that they can be retro-fitted.
All products are IP65 sealed to ensure they withstand harsh and rugged conditions, with an option for IP67. Different input signals are available, depending on which indicator is used.
The PMD-Process, PMD-Serial and PMD-Strain indicators are all suitable for simple crane weighing applications, hoist and winch monitoring and any other force measurement applications.
A free downloadable datasheets are available from the LCM Systems website at http://www.lcmsystems.com/digital_indicators
In December 2012, we announced that we had become official distributors for Crosby shackle load cells.
Now, to complement our ranges of SHK and Telshack Load Measuring Shackles, we now offer Crosby Bow and D anchor safety shackles that can be purchased with or without our link load cells and a selection of Rod End Bearings supplied and calibrated with an associated load cell.
“We became an official distributor for Crosby in December 2012 and were able to offer significant price advantages to customers buying our shackle load cells. Customers also expressed an interest in buying the safety shackles without load cells from a reputable company who could also provide full Crosby traceability. We were in the perfect position to satisfy their requirements.”
As well as the G2130, G2140 and G2150 Crosby Safety Shackles, we have also added a range of spherical rod end bearings to the range. Designed to be used with LCM load cells that have male or female end threads, these rod end bearings allow the application of forces to be to be aligned through the load cells principle measurement axis. This helps to improve the installed accuracy and protect the load cell from any extraneous forces. Manufactured with a steel housing and a case hardened bearing, these new rod ends have the advantage that they are maintenance free and require no lubrication.
Technical details of these new products can be found at http://www.lcmsystems.com/load_cell_accessories.html and free datasheets are downloadable from the appropriate pages.
Taking on board suggestions from our customers, particularly in the marine and offshore industry, we are delighted to announce a new range of Large Digit Display indicators for use in crane, lifting and hoisting applications. There are three models within the LD Range: the LD-Process is suitable for process analogue current and voltage signals; the LD-Strain is for use with strain gauge based sensors and the LD-Serial, which is proving to be the most popular, is used as a slave display with connection by RS232 or RS485 interfaces.
There are a number of options available that can be mixed and matched, depending on a client’s particular application. All 3 indicators come in either 4 or 6 digit versions with digit heights ranging from 57-400mm that can be viewed from 25-200metres, respectively. Each indicator can be supplied as a suspension, panel or wall-mounted version, with a wide choice of analogue, relay or digital outputs available. All products are IP65 sealed to ensure they withstand harsh and rugged conditions. Different input signals are available, depending on which indicator is used.
Both the LD-Serial and LD-Strain indicators are suitable for simple crane weighing applications, hoist and winch monitoring, while the LD-Process is also suitable for use in process plant monitoring.
A free downloadable datasheets are available at http://www.lcmsystems.com/digital_indicators
Running your own business can sometimes get a bit lonely. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean this in terms of not having plenty of company throughout the working day. The people here at LCM Systems are a great bunch and we manage to have a laugh, as well as getting our work done.
No, it’s some of the general management issues and important decisions about, for instance, the direction of the company, whether now is a good time to expand our dealings with the US, how do I go about finding an enthusiastic and profitable distributor in France. If you run your own business I am sure you understand what I mean.
I am lucky, I have a number of friends who also run their own businesses and we often ‘chew the cud’ over a pint or on the golf course, so I have a group of mentors who all give me valuable input.
But, I have been thinking about the advantages of using a Business Coach. Someone who could get to know me and business well and could help me look objectively at some of the management issues that I face.
Have you ever used a Business/Management coach? What was your experience and how did you go about deciding who as right for you? I would be really interested in your feedback.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the LCTA series of Load Cell Trip/Relay Amplifiers developed to provide dual volt free relay outputs from a load cell signal. Aimed primarily at OEMs, this latest product provides a cost-effective, simple to use, yet highly reliable amplifier for applications such as hoist overload protection, crane safe lifting control and personnel lifting platform protection.
The new amplifier module has the ability to power a single load cell or load pin or up to four 350W load cells connected in parallel. The volt-free relay outputs have a trip switching current of 10A at 230vac and can be adjusted independently by simply using a reference voltage to determine the adjustment value. For design engineers who wish to connect the LCTA to a remote display, there is also a 0-5v analogue output. Designers at LCM Systems have also included a shunt facility for regular and easy calibration.
To add to the versatility of this new product, the LCTA can be supplied in a number of mounting options including an IP66 sealed plastic or metal case or ready for DIN rail mounting and has field screw terminal connections. Also, although the standard product requires a 12/24vdc power supply, there is the option with the DIN-mounted version to power from a 48vac supply.
For straightforward application advice, our experienced in-house design engineers are only a phone call or email away and can assist with the selection and configuration of the correct module for your application. LCM can also supply, complete with the sensor required, pre-configured, ready for installation.
A free downloadable datasheet is available from our website at http://www.lcmsystems.com/lctadata