AC-ET Supply BroadWeigh Wireless Systems to Load Cell Rental
1st September 2014
A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd's Rigging division have supplied three full kits of 12-point load monitoring to UK-based Load Cell Rental, in a major deal to kick start the company’s wireless equipment hire offering.
The BroadWeigh wireless package includes 36 of the 4.75 ton load monitoring shackles, as well as handheld displays for viewing individual cells, extended range USB base stations, wireless active repeaters, and BroadWeigh compact flight cases to house the three kits.
The deal is thought to be the largest single purchase of BroadWeigh products in the UK since the brands launch in 2011. The sale is also being seen as a significant sign that demand for load monitoring equipment is on the increase.
Previously, Load Cell Rental carried a stock of over 200 wired load cells, but say they were keen to invest in BroadWeigh’s wireless kit, to cater for the preferences of all potential customers.
“A wireless load cell system was a natural progression, as wireless systems are anticipated to be very popular for dry hire use in all venues of live music, as well as being used for weight report services where time constraints are an issue at load in,” says Load Cell Rental’s Colin Luke. “Demand is on the rise due to the increasing weight of touring productions, as well as CDM regulations enforcement coming into play within the industry. BroadWeigh products have a reputation for robustness, and the simplicity of the load cell shackle and minimal effect on trim height was a major attraction.”
The BroadWeigh 4.75 ton load monitoring shackle is a portable wireless weighing system offering real-time load monitoring for a wide variety of rigging applications without the need for time consuming and costly cabling. Coupled with the BroadWeigh wireless handheld display, it provides a user-friendly way to monitor a load at your fingertips with up to 200 metres of range.
“Being able to fit the system into a car as opposed to courier transport, is another major plus,” continues Colin.
Load Cell Rental’s BroadWeigh kit has already been used for a weight report for a major US pop artist's recent UK tour, which was completed in Belfast and Dublin. The load cell telemetry worked well throughout the venue and they were used to record dynamic loads for a number of automated set pieces.
“The software is easy to use once you have used it once,” says Colin. “Production specifically requested a wireless system in order to ensure load-ins and load-outs were not delayed by the service, and were pleased with the performance of the system and its ease of installation.”
A.C. Rigging’s Matthew Millward, who facilitated the deal with Load Cell Rental, concludes: “With the growing scale of rigging in today’s productions, it’s a great comfort to know that load monitoring is beginning to become the norm for mid to large scale production companies.”
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