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Load Cells Elevate Gantry Crane Performance

Interface provides a variety of measurement solutions for gantry crane applications. Load cells aren’t just an upgrade but a game-changer for gantry crane operations.

A gantry crane is an overhead crane with a horizontal beam supported by two legs traveling along a fixed track or wheels. They are used for lifting and moving heavy objects in various industrial settings, such as warehouses, shipyards, container yards, and construction sites.

Key features of gantry cranes include:

  • Mobility: Unlike bridge cranes, fixed to a runway system, gantry cranes can move freely within their designated area. This makes them more versatile and suitable for outdoor applications.
  • Lifting capacity: Gantry cranes can be designed to lift a wide range of weights, from a few to hundreds of tons.
  • Portability: Some gantry cranes are portable and can be easily moved from one location to another.
  • Versatility: Gantry cranes can be equipped with various attachments, such as hooks, magnets, and buckets, to handle a wide range of materials.

Benefits of Using Force Measurement Solutions with Gantry Cranes

Load cells, load pins, tension links, wireless telemetry systems, and instrumentation devices from Interface are valuable to makers and users of gantry cranes.  These vital measurement solutions offer several safe and efficient operation benefits:

Overload Prevention

  • Safety: The biggest reason is preventing crane overload. Exceeding the crane’s capacity can lead to catastrophic consequences, including equipment damage, structural failure, injuries, and even fatalities. Force measurement devices, often in the form of load cells or tension links, directly measure the weight of the lifted object, ensuring it stays within safe limits.
  • Alerts and Alarm Settings: Many devices paired with specific instruments can trigger audible or visual alarms if the load approaches the limit, giving the operator time to adjust. Some advanced systems automatically shut down the lifting operation to prevent potential overload.

Improved Efficiency and Accuracy

  • Optimal load handling: Knowing the exact weight of the load allows operators to position it precisely and efficiently. This is crucial for tasks like loading and unloading containers or placing heavy machinery with minimal risk of damage.
  • Reduced energy consumption: By lifting only the necessary weight, you optimize energy usage by avoiding unnecessary strain on the crane’s motors and systems.

Maintenance and Inspection

  • Monitoring crane health: Force measurement data can be used to track crane performance over time and identify potential issues early on. This helps with preventive maintenance and ensures the crane stays in top working condition.
  • Compliance with regulations: Many workplaces have regulations requiring the monitoring of crane loads for safety reasons. Force measurement devices provide accurate data to demonstrate compliance.

Gantry Crane Applications

Tension monitoring in cable cranes: For cranes using cables instead of hydraulics, tension links measure cable tension, safeguarding against cable stress and potential breaks.

Center of gravity determination: In complex lifts with unevenly distributed weight, measuring forces at different points helps determine the load’s center of gravity, which is crucial for safe lifting and maneuvering.

Retrofitting existing cranes for safety: Crane-safe load monitoring systems are vital to crane safety. Load pins for accurate measurement are an excellent way to modernize gantry cranes. Replacing existing load-bearing pins in the crane header block to sense the load, detect the moment of lifting a load, and monitor the cranes’ maximum safe load limit.

Weighing within winch assembly: Load pins are used to measure the weight of aluminum and steel rolls. The custom load pin was designed to fit within the winch assembly, with an anti-rotation bracket to ensure correct positioning.  We also supplied a large digit wall-mounted display to enable them to see resulting loads easily.

Safety measurement system:  If the lifting load exceeds the safe lifting load, audible or visual alarms can be triggered, or if part of a control system, that action will automatically stop the lift. Additionally, having a real-time display of the lifted load allows crane operators to lift the maximum allowable amount, improving productivity by reducing the number of lifts required to complete a task.

To improve operational efficiency and safety, a measurement system is an excellent tool that can alert the crane operator to imminent excess lifting conditions that may cause harm to operators and equipment. Overall, force measurement devices are essential for the safe, efficient, and compliant operation of gantry cranes, making them a valuable investment for any lifting operation.

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Load Pins, Tension Links, & Shackles

Gantry Crane Weighing

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Jib Crane Tension Monitoring

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Measuring the Potential of IoT Wearables Using Load Cell Technology

IoT wearables utilizing load cell technologies are smart devices worn on the body that leverage sensors capable of measuring force, weight, or torque. Integrating these sensors with internet connectivity offers a unique blend of real-time data collection and remote accessibility, opening doors for diverse applications.

Interface has been involved in the IoT market from its early stages, as detailed in Interface Sensor Technologies Enables IoT Capabilities. Empowering inventors and innovators to utilize accurate measurements for connected products. Seamless integration with other IoT devices and platforms is essential for data analysis and broader application, one of the advantages of Interace’s line of wireless measurement solutions.

We make sensors specifically for IoT Solutions in healthcare and consumer products. With the growing requirements for connectivity, Interface load cells provide valuable data in real-time to product engineers and users of IoT wearables.

Internet of Things (IoT) connected wearables have permeated our society across various industries,  from sports and medical to fitness and fashion. The technology surrounding wearables has also become more complex in using sensors to provide better and more complete data. Among the sensor technologies used in both the testing and built into the product, force sensors play a large role.

Whether customers use Interface measurement products for prototype testing, usability studies, manufacturing equipment, or small-scale testing machines, we have solutions that improve the use and viability of IoT wearables.

IoT Wearable Applications Using Interface Products 

  • Gaming hand-held devices
  • Wearable simulation garments and headgear
  • Gear used in professional sports, including helmets and pads
  • Haptic feedback devices
  • Smart shoe gait analysis
  • Exoskeleton design and prototyping
  • Sports equipment feedback
  • Smartwatch manufacturing
  • VR headset manufacturing
  • Treadmill force testing
  • Prosthetics development and performance monitoring

Load cells are becoming increasingly popular in designing, prototyping, testing, and using wearable IoT products. They offer a highly accurate and reliable way to measure force, pressure, and weight. Our measurement devices are being designed into wearables such as smart clothing and augmented reality equipment, including headsets and fitness equipment for precision measurement during use.

Use Cases for Load Cells in IoT Wearables

Fitness and Training: These wearables track metrics like muscle activation, balance, and gait analysis, helping athletes optimize their performance and prevent injuries. Examples include smart insoles monitoring foot pressure or resistance bands measuring workout intensity.

Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy: These devices monitor patient progress during therapy by measuring the force exerted on limbs or joints, enabling personalized treatment plans and objective data collection.

Smart Clothing and Shoes: Clothing embedded with load cells can track posture, gait, and activity levels, while smart shoes monitor pressure distribution for customized footwear.

Occupational Safety: In industries like construction or manufacturing, wearables measure pressure on specific body parts to ensure proper posture and prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

The key features necessary to building force sensors for the IoT wearable market are accuracy, reliability, versatility, and sensor size. Load cells must be highly accurate and measure force to a high degree of precision. Force sensors using strain gage technology are well-suited for wearable devices, as they are durable and can withstand repeated use. Load cells are available in various sizes and capacities, with customizable options to embed them into wearables. Manufacturers are building small, lightweight, wearable IoT products, so force sensors must be suitable to take on small and precise forces.

IoT wearables incorporating load cell technology hold immense potential for various domains, from enhancing athletic performance and healthcare monitoring to revolutionizing human-computer interaction. As this technology evolves, we can expect even more innovative applications to emerge that contribute to daily health, well-being, and productivity.

Learn more about Interface’s IoT Solutions.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Wonderful World of Wireless Webinar

Wireless Telemetry Systems 101

IoT Golf Club Swing Accuracy App Note

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Interface Load Cells 201 General Procedures Guide

The Interface Load Cells 201 Guide is an extract from our comprehensive go-to for the force measurement industry, the Interface Load Cell Field Guide.

This shortened reference zeros in on general procedures for using load cells. With in-depth explanations, illustrations, practical procedures, and insightful tips, this Interface technical support resource is a helpful guide to have on hand. It is designed to support general procedures using load cells, optimize your processes, and achieve exceptional results in any force measurement application.

Interface Load Cells 201: General Procedures Guide topics include:

  • Excitation Voltage: Understand the crucial role of voltage in powering your load cell and learn techniques for remote sensing, ensuring accurate readings every time.
  • Physical Mounting: Master proper mounting with detailed instructions for both “dead” and “live” ends, ensuring maximum precision and optimal cell life.
  • Mounting Procedures for Different Load Cell Models: Whether you’re working with beam cells, mini cells, low profile cells with or without bases, or any other type, the guide provides clear, step-by-step instructions for a perfect setup.
  • Mounting Torques and Fixtures: Get the torque values right for your specific transducer, ensuring secure mounting without compromising performance.

This quick guide eliminates errors and ensures reliable data with expert mounting techniques. It helps to extend the life of a load cell, protecting your investment with proper installation practices that maximize cell longevity. A complete copy can be found below.  To save a copy, go here.

Looking for even more in-depth support? Interface offers additional resources, including installation manuals, video tutorials, technical support, and a complete library of Interface 101 articles.

VIDEOS TUTORIALS AND RESOURCES

 SUPPORT REFERENCES

 TECHNICAL INFO AND GUIDES

If you have questions about any of these topics, need help selecting the right sensor, or want to explore a specific application, contact Interface Application Engineers.

Interface Load Cell 201 Guide- 2024 Edition

What is Proof Testing and Why Does it Matter?

Proof testing determines that the failure of critical components and parts could result in costly damage to equipment and even injury in severe cases. Our measurement products are designed to be used in proof testing applications.

In proof testing applications, testing and measuring an object’s performance under extremely intense conditions, often above the specified operational use, is critical. This allows testing engineers to ensure the object can handle its rated load and go above and beyond to understand maximum performance and failure.

Interface load cells and data acquisition systems are frequently used for proof testing, which determines the strength and integrity of a test subject by applying a controlled, measured load to it. It is commonly used for general test and measurement applications for stress, fatigue, and materials testing. It is frequently used by industries such as construction, natural resources, infrastructure, heavy machinery, and manufacturing to verify the strong point and durability of objects and structures.

Top Three Reasons Why Proof Testing Matters

#1 Safety: Proof testing qualifies and quantifies the safety of equipment and structures that sustain substantial loads. Identifying weaknesses or defects is preventative, as failure can result in catastrophe. Proof testing for safety is standard for applications that include lifting equipment, rigging gear, structural supports, and components in aircraft or spacecraft.

#2 Quality: Proof testing is common during quality control to verify that equipment or materials meet the required specifications. Whether it is the equipment used in manufacturing equipment or the materials used to construct a building, proof testing is essential in defining and measuring adherence to quality standards.

#3 Reliability: Proof testing provides accurate data on the performance and trustworthiness of the tested objects. By understanding how it reacts under stress, product engineers and testing labs can validate the lifespan of a specific component or product. It is also used to define preventative maintenance requirements. It impacts production lines, product versioning, inspections, and, ultimately, the customer’s user experience.

Proof tests provide vital safety and performance measurements for equipment or structures with significant loads. It helps to prevent accidents, improve reliability, and ensure the quality and integrity of the tested item. Consult Interface Application Engineers to determine the best measurement devices for proof testing.

Proof Testing Using Load Cells

Step One: Load Cell and Set-Up

The starting point is selecting the proper measurement tool, in this case, a load cell. Consider the object’s size, expected load range, and accuracy requirements. Choose a load cell with a capacity slightly exceeding the maximum anticipated load during use.

TIP! Use Interface’s Load Cell Selection Guide

Mount the load cell and object in a stable, controlled environment. Ensure proper alignment and distribution of force on the load cell. Connect the load cell to the data acquisition system with a dedicated readout unit, computer software, or data logger, depending on your needs.

Step Two: Pre-Test and Zeroing

Most test engineers will run a pre-test at low load. This is done by applying a small force and monitoring the readings to ensure everything functions correctly and there are no extraneous signals. Zeroing the load cell to set the baseline measurement without any applied force is important. READ: Why Is Load Cell Zero Balance Important to Accuracy?

Step Three: The Test

When you start the proof test application and data recording, most technicians will increase the load gradually. As defined in a test plan, follow a preset loading schedule, typically in increments, until reaching the desired test load. This could be a static load held for a specific time or a cyclic load simulating real-world conditions. Next, using your load cell measurement instrumentation, monitor the load cell readings, object behavior, and any potential visual deformations throughout the test.

Step Four: Analysis

The proof testing provides data that can be used to analyze the load-displacement curve, identifying any deviations from expected behavior, excessive deflections, or potential failure points. Based on the data, determine if the object met the strength and performance requirements or exhibited any unacceptable flaws. This is why a high-performance, accurate load cell matters in proof testing. It determines the quality of your analysis. As with any testing, it is valuable to maintain records of the test procedure, data, and conclusions for future reference or further analysis. This step is crucial for regulatory and product liability requirements.

The specific requirements and procedures for proof testing will vary depending on the product, equipment, structure, industry standards, and regulations.

Proof Testing Example

The most straightforward solution, where it is necessary to measure the load in a tension cable subject to safety considerations, is to enclose the load cell in a compression cage, which converts tension into compression. The compression cell is trapped between the two plates. Thus, the load cell’s only overload failure mode is in compression, allowing a motion of 0.001″ to 0.010″ before the load cell becomes solid. Even if the load cell is destroyed, the compression cage cannot drop the load unless it fails. Therefore, the cage can be proof-tested with a dummy load cell or an overload-protected cell, and the risk of injury to personnel is avoided.

TIP! This example is detailed in our Interface Load Cell Field Guide. Get your copy here.

The nature of proof testing applications requires a diverse line of performance measurement tools. Interface products extend from overload capabilities for our precision LowProfile load cells to complete DAQ systems. These options provide perfect testing solutions when necessary to push the limits on a product, component, or part.

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Enhancing Structural Testing with Multi-Axis Load Cells

Fatigue Testing with Interface Load Cells

Load Cells Built for Stress Testing

Benefits of Proof Loading Verification

Manufacturing: Furniture Fatigue Cycle Testing

Data AQ Pack Guide

Interface Solutions for Consumer Products

ForceLeaders Summit Florida

Interface’s exclusive ForceLeaders Summit heads back to the Space Coast on March 14, 2024. We are stopping in Cocoa Beach with new topics, products, and technical tips. Our force measurement seminars bring industry experts and engineers together to talk about load cells, torque transducers, calibration, systems, applications, and, most importantly, answers to questions. These are fast-paced, technical hands-on events. Registration is required, with limited seating. Interface and GenTek force measurement solutions engineers and experts will share valuable tips and experiences using our precision load cells, torque transducers, multi-axis sensors, pressure sensors, and advanced instrumentation. Join us for a two plus hour conversation followed by interactive discussions, demonstrations and lunch.

Exploring New Measurement Products Webinar

The Interface Exploring Capabilities of New Measurement Products Webinar details new products, including sensors, instrumentation, and accessories. Our experts will cover dozens of new additions to the extensive 40,000-plus product catalog of force measurement solutions. Interface engineers highlight product features, capacities, use cases, and technical tips in the fast-paced new technical online seminar.

Building a Clean Energy Future in Hydrogen with Force

Clean energy is a driving force of innovation, technology, and investment in the global economy. Established energy giants and nimble startups are pouring resources into sustainable solutions. Among them, hydrogen shines as a particularly exciting frontier. The global hydrogen generation market is estimated to be $170B and growing, with an estimated 2,000 hydrogen production-related projects globally.

As with any evolving technology, monitoring and testing are necessary to qualify and improve the various systems that validate inventions and advance adoption. Interface has worked with clean energy suppliers and equipment manufacturers for many years. We have gained much experience in understanding the complexities and requirements of testing and monitoring alternative energy sources.

Among the various clean energy harvesting and storage solutions available today, hydrogen is among the most researched and impactful clean energy options. Hydrogen is considered a clean fuel that produces only water when consumed in a fuel cell. Hydrogen can be produced from biomass, natural gas, nuclear power, and renewables, including solar and wind. Read: Load Cells for Renewable Energy Production and Testing

Due to experience as a supplier of force measurement solutions for energy providers and equipment makers, Brian Peters contributed a new article about the dynamics of applying force testing in hydrogen energy to the Winter Edition of Global Hydrogen Review. His article highlights the current state of hydrogen energy and the barriers that force measurement is helping to solve. He details force-testing solutions for novel technologies that transport, monitor, and store hydrogen energy.

The full article can be read on page 19 of the December 2023 edition of Global Hydrogen Review here. We’ve also included a brief preview of the article below.

Feel The Force

By Brian Peters, VP of Global Sales, Interface

Hydrogen, as a clean and reliable renewable energy source, has been a carrot on a stick for green energy innovators for many years. Scientists and technologists have understood the positive impact of hydrogen for a long time and even harnessed it at times, but the ability to reliably transport, store, and harness this energy at a reasonable cost has previously eluded them. However, hydrogen is back in full force as storage and battery technology has advanced, giving new life to the promise of hydrogen.

Hydrogen is critical to the future of green energy because it is an optimal solution to storing renewable energy from other sources such as wind and water. In certain areas, like California, we produce too much energy from renewable sources but have nowhere to store it. This is leading to a tremendous amount of resource loss. Therefore, hydrogen innovation investment is on the rise again to solve production, storage, and monitoring application challenges aimed at curtailing waste and holding enough energy to power more infrastructure with green energy.

To start, hydrogen production in its current state is quite expensive as the element is difficult to handle, and the equipment and processes available today are scarce or subpar. Many of the traditional production and storage methods also lead to excessive waste.

One of the key reasons that storage has become such a challenge is due to the unique nature of hydrogen energy. Hydrogen is an incredibly light element in liquid form, which is a popular way of storing it in higher volumes. However, in this form, it can be very volatile and hard to maintain due to temperature constraints, and therefore, storage, metering, and more require extreme precision. While in a compressed form, hydrogen takes up more space and needs to be carefully monitored for pressure-related concerns.

Due to the volatility of hydrogen energy, transportation has also become a barrier to the reliable transfer and use of hydrogen energy. The cost alone of transporting liquid or compressed hydrogen can become immense with the current lack of stable transportation/storage methods and the danger it can pose to the individuals shipping the substance.

The road to reaching a place where hydrogen could become a real solution to meeting the demand for renewable energy has been filled with hundreds of technological advancements. One of the lesser-known but extremely critical solutions to making hydrogen a reality on a large scale is force measurement. Force sensors can be used at every level of hydrogen advancement, from harnessing the power of hydrogen to storing, monitoring, and transporting it – and more use cases for hydrogen applications are being implemented frequently. Read More

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Load Cells for Renewable Energy Production and Testing

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Interface Solutions for Growing Green Energy

Demands for Quality Energy Measurement Solutions

Windmill Energy App Note

Wave Energy Converter

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The Wonderful World of Wireless Webinar Recap

Interface recently hosted an online technical seminar, The Wonderful World of Wireless, discussing cable-less sensor technologies.

The ForceLeaders event began with a quick highlight of the history of wireless, starting with Heinrich Hertz demonstrating the existence of electromagnetic waves in 1988 through the 21st-century developments of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, plus 4G and 5G cellular networks.

These inventions have advanced test and measurement devices to the point where wireless sensors and instrumentation are commonplace. What does today and the future of wireless look like?

  • Extensive Wireless Components in the Lab
  • Network Connectivity and Cloud-Based Data (IoT)
  • Expanding Use for Different Environments
  • High-accuracy and Precision Measurement Capabilities
  • Enabling Advancements in Automation
  • Continuous Monitoring of Measurement Data
  • Safety and Alarm Systems Based on Key Measurements
  • Component Activation without Cables

During this technical discussion, Interface experts Keith Skidmore and Jason Graham detailed the benefits of using wireless components for test and measurement programs in addition to OEM products. The top five benefits of going wireless include:

  • Easier installation and maintenance
  • Reduced wiring costs and easier to integrate
  • Increased flexibility and scalability
  • Reduced risk of electrical interference and noise
  • Improved safety (no cables)

Sensor systems become significantly more flexible and adaptable by removing the need for physical wires. This translates to easier repositioning of existing sensors and seamlessly adding new ones without major infrastructure modifications. This wireless approach is particularly beneficial when traditional wiring is difficult or impractical. This includes:

Large-scale industrial applications: A sprawling factory floor or a vast agricultural field that requires wiring such expansive areas would be a logistical nightmare regarding cost and implementation. Wireless sensors eliminate this obstacle, allowing data collection across vast distances with minimal setup effort.

Monitoring moving or rotating machinery: Imagine trying to wire sensors onto a constantly spinning turbine or a robot arm in motion. The wires would be a tangled mess, prone to breakage and potentially hindering the machinery’s operation. Wireless sensors provide a clean and efficient solution, capturing valuable data without impeding the movement of the equipment. Interface details this with our system configuration using the BX6 during the webinar.

Remote or hard-to-reach locations: Whether it’s a sensor monitoring environmental conditions on a mountaintop or across the plains for oil field operations, reaching specific locations with wires can be impossible or prohibitively expensive. Wireless sensors bridge this gap, enabling data collection from even the most inaccessible places.

Interface offers wireless LowProfiles, Mini Load Cells, Load Shackles, and Torque Transducers. Interface has the experience and engineering capabilities to design most of our sensors for wireless use. Commonly used Interface wireless load cells are our WTS 1200 Standard Precision LowProfile® Wireless Load CellWTSTL Wireless Tension Link Load Cell, WTSLP Wireless Stainless Steel Load Pin and WTSSHK-D Wireless Crosby™ Load Shackle.

Specification Watch List for Wireless Components

  • Input Range
  • Sample Rate
  • Temperature Range
  • Temperature Errors
  • Linearity of Sensor or System
  • Environmental Rating
  • Battery Life and Power Supply
  • Compatible Output and Inputs of Every Component

Be sure to watch the event, and if you have any questions about the products Interface offers or need help selecting the right system components, contact us. We are here to help you get the right solution.

The event concluded with Interface wireless experts answering these top 10 frequently asked questions:

  1. What impacts the range of WTS?
  2. How reliable are the data results?
  3. What software is provided with the WTS devices?
  4. How many devices can operate on one radio channel?
  5. Can computer software gather data from many devices?
  6. What limits the devices’ radio frequency (RF) range?
  7. What frequency does the system operate on?
  8. Can wireless range extenders be used within the WTS network?
  9. Is the system point-to-point?
  10. What are the sampling rates of the transmitter modules?

Interface Wireless Telemetry System (WTS)

The Interface Wireless Telemetry System (WTS) offers more sensor placement and configuration flexibility. Components in wireless telemetry systems typically include sensors, transducers, instrumentation, communication modules, transmitters, displays, and printers. Use the Wireless Modular System Overview for more system details.

Read: Interface Wireless Telemetry System Review

Applications Using Interface Wireless Telemetry System Solutions

Crane Capacity Verification

Mobile Force System

Inflatable Space Habitat

Gantry Crane Weighing

Robotic Arm

Aircraft Engine Hoist

Airplane Jacking System

Patient Hoyer Lift

Road Bridge Lift Monitoring

Jib Crane Tension Monitoring

Waste Management Container Weighing

Force Measurement Solutions for the Forestry Industry

The natural resources industry spans multiple subsectors, including minerals and mining, aquacultures, environmental services, water management, agribusiness, energy, and forestry.

Within the forestry sector, sensor technologies aid in optimizing operations, ensuring safety, and enhancing efficiency. Sensors are used in forestry heavy equipment, forest and timber management tools, logging machines, wood product manufacturing, pulp and paper manufacturing, and the recycling of forest products.

Interface force measurement solutions have a role across the continuum of forestry, from providing universal load cells to accurately measure the performance of tools and machinery during operations to supplying torque transducers for testing vehicles and equipment used in managing and securing resources.

Interface products are ideal for forest management, harvesting, and processing use cases, whether designing heavy-duty machinery using load cells to prevent overloading or protecting operators with sensor-based alarm systems and monitoring tools.

Interface devices are used in tree harvesting equipment to measure the force required to cut down trees accurately, ensuring minimal waste and maximizing resource utilization. With heavy machinery, such as log skidders and loaders, force sensors can precisely measure the weight of logs and timber transported. This data aids in preventing overloading, which can damage the equipment and negatively impact the environment. Interface sensors, including our load pins and load shackles, are also used in crane and winch systems to measure weight and load in lifting and lowering logs with the appropriate force.

Timber Weighing and Harvesting

A timber company needed a weighing system for sustainable forest management and to measure the amount of timber harvested. Weighing and monitoring harvested timber helps with resource monitoring and contributes to the overall sustainability of the forestry industry. Interface suggested creating a truck weighing scale to weigh logging trucks before and after loading timber. Multiple SSLP Stainless Steel LowProfile Universal Load Cells with WTS-BS-1E Wireless Transmitter Modules were installed under the weighing bridge. The load cells transmitted the force results wirelessly to the WTS-BS-4 Industrial Base Station connected to the customer’s PC with the provided Log100 software. The WTS-LD2 Wireless Large LED Display could also display the weight inside for the driver to see in real-time. Results were viewed on the WTS-BS-1-HA Wireless Handheld Display for Multiple Transmitters. Interface’s Wireless Telemetry System used in the logging truck weighbridge was highly accurate and efficient, creating better resource management and conservation. Read more here.

TIP: Check out the Wonderful World of Wireless webinar for additional tips and products that work in remote forestry environments.

Monitoring systems are another important application in forestry that utilizes Interface products to monitor the health and stability of trees. By implementing Interface sensors to measure the force exerted on tree trunks due to wind or other environmental factors, forest managers can assess the risk of tree fall and make informed decisions about tree removal to prevent accidents and property damage.

Forestry Applications Using Interface Measurement Solutions

Forest Management: This involves planning and implementing strategies to maintain and enhance the health and productivity of forests. It includes reforestation, forest inventory, pest control, and wildfire management.

Timber Harvesting: Timber harvesting is cutting and removing trees from forests for various purposes, including producing lumber, pulpwood, and other wood products. Sustainable harvesting practices are essential to ensure the long-term health of forests.

Wood Processing: Once harvested, trees are processed into wood products such as lumber, plywood, particleboard, and wood pulp. These products are used in construction, furniture manufacturing, and paper production.

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs): Besides wood, forests provide a wide range of non-timber forest products, including fruits, nuts, mushrooms, medicinal plants, and wildlife. These products are often harvested sustainably for food, medicine, and other purposes.

Bioenergy: Forest biomass, such as wood chips and sawdust, can be a renewable energy source for biofuels and biomass power generation.

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Interface load cells, instrumentation, load pins and shackles, and our wireless telemetry systems are utilized and implemented across various forestry applications, contributing to sustainable practices. If you want to learn more about Interface’s Natural Resources Industry solutions, please contact our application engineers for assistance.

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Natural Resources Brochure

Digging Into Interface Mining Industry Solutions

Heavy Truck Test and Measurement Solutions

Interface Measurement Solutions for the Natural Resources Industry

Engineered Solutions for Lifting Webinar

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Crane Block Safety Animated Application Note

Weighing Solutions Guide