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| INDUSTRY NEWS |


Elebia Expands Range with Automatic Lifting Clamp


to modify the tip of the 2,500kg (5,511 lb.) capacity evo2 automatic hook, engineers eventually arrived at the C5. Fornells explained that the clamps are


designed to be used with a linear beam and chains, while a tagline can drag them to a desired point. Thereby, he added, “We’ve reduced the need to pick and carry the clamps, making operation safer, faster and easier. Once the clamps are fixed to the load, automation takes over. The C5 combines the safety and security of a clamp with the ease of use and productivity of a claw.” He continued: “The crane operator


> Barcelona, Spain-based automatic hook manufacturer Elebia has diversified its product range with the launch of the 5t capacity C5 Automatic Lifting Clamp, designed for working in pairs or multiples thereof to lift steel plates and other loads. The C5 boasts a 5,000kg (11,023 lb.)


capacity and a safety factor of 4:1. It weighs 19kg (41.8 lbs.) and measures 345mm x 310mm x 133mm (13.58in x 12.20in x 5.23in). It is similar in size to manual products already in the marketplace; however, the C5, named after its shape and capacity, presents a number of safety and productivity advantages to alternative solutions. The launch marks completion of


an extensive research and development programme. Esteve Fornells, marketing manager at Elebia, said that regular requests for products that fit specific lifting and maneuvering requirements have been forthcoming since the first hook (the 5t capacity e5) was launched to remotely engage and release loads eight years ago. He said: “One such enquiry centered on


a solution for lifting steel plates, specifically at ports. From designing a much larger automatic hook, to modifying and / or changing the tip of our hooks, we looked at a number of options. It was clear to us that there was market demand for a state-of-the- art automatic solution.” The C5 was more recently conceptualized


following dialogue with one of Elebia’s clients in Singapore who, again, was looking for a solution to lift and maneuver steel plates— and tubes. Turning away from an initial idea


uses our eMAX remote control to ensure the lifting clamps are all in the same position before every lift. This information is relayed in real time and should there be any discrepancy, the control informs the crane operator immediately. When handling pipes, the lifting clamp can be chained to the spreader with the hand grip acting as a second lifting point.” The principle advantage of the clamp,


as is the case with Elebia’s range of hooks, is removing the requirement for personnel to gain access to rig loads manually. The C5 adheres to the company’s failsafe principle, making it “impossible”, Fornells said, to drop a suspended load. The C5 is currently available in one size


and capacity but it can be custom scaled to higher capacities to a short lead-time. To request more information about the product visit elebia.com/lifting-clamps/<


Straightpoint Adds Distance Measurement Tool to Product Range


> Construction and other professionals can now measure force, load and distance with Straightpoint (SP) products, as the Hampshire, UK-based manufacturer launches the Wireless Linear Displacement Transducer (WLDT). SP already boasts a comprehensive range


of force measurement and load cell products, which is now complemented by a new tool, available in stroke lengths from 25mm (1 in.) to 200mm (8 in.) that can accurately measure displacement or movement in a variety of applications presented by the construction, civil engineering, aerospace and other sectors. David Ayling, director at SP, said: “Like many products in our range, the WLDT hits


the market in response to demand. There are many instances where an end user is measuring force or load and has a desire to measure distance as well. They might want to know how high something has been jacked up or to what extent a building has shifted, for example.” The WLDT is a robust, absolutely linear


position / displacement transducer and is inherently frictionless, presenting a mean time between failures (MTBF) in excess of 100 million cycles when properly used. An eye at each end of the transducer enables the sensor to be quickly and accurately positioned in place and connected to SP’s Multiple Wireless Load Cell Controller (SW-MWLC) software package. It is also supplied with SP’s SA700C wireless transmitter. Ayling highlighted two product features,


beyond its appeal as a wireless versus cabled solution: first, its plug-and-play capability; and, second, its compatibility with SP’s renowned software, suiting it to civil engineers; positional control applications; research and development testing; lifting or spreader beam testing; aerospace system integration; and hydraulic or jacking work. He said: “There are other options for


professionals looking to apply distance measurement technology, but most will require sourcing of a separate transmitter, calibration and other labor just to set them up. Like previous SP products, the WLDT is ready to go. Further, consider the extent


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