Sensor Technology LoadSense intelligent load sensor

Friday, 07 January, 2011 | Supplied by: Omni Instruments

Sensor Technology’s smart load sensor is claimed to provide all the information needed to optimise efficiency and increase profitability of a wide range of industrial operations. The system allows weighing processes to be fully integrated with handling operations. All live data is captured in real time and can be transferred to a database, stored, totalised and analysed.

For instance, users may need to know how much material they have transported, or they could be handling two or more materials simultaneously which need to be accounted individually; or if working for multiple customers at the same time you can bill each appropriately.

The development, called LoadSense, is an intelligent load sensor that can be integrated with a crane hook, forklift or other handling device. It has an onboard single-chip computer for recording, analysing and archiving readings and wireless communications capability which can transfer data in real time to a host computer.

Internal batteries make LoadSense’s operation completely autonomous. As such it can be deployed with minimal disruption to operations and will automatically begin transmitting data. No special training is required to install or operate the unit.

LoadSense is built around an intelligent load sensor, a handheld display and a receiver. The load sensor is based on strain gauge technology and is calibrated as standard in the range 1-5 tonnes, with other ranges available on request.

The transmitter (operating on an unrestricted 2.4 GHz waveband), enables accurate load data to be sent to the full colour, TFT touchscreen computer display which can run Windows XP and LabVIEW. The display provides real-time measure of the load, while the computer records and processes real-time values.

LoadSense can be wirelessly integrated into a SCADA or manufacturing enterprise systems control system, producing instant operating reports and emailable customer bills. It also improves operating safety because operators are free to remove themselves from a dangerous location.

Phone: 02 8244 2363
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