Ontario Ice Rink Project Benefits
from Wireless Load Monitoring

The Broadweigh™ wireless load monitoring system chosen to ensure structural safety when installing over-head multi-screen

Mantracourt have announced that their Broadweigh™ wireless load monitoring system has recently been employed for the safe installation of a large overhead multi-screen display system at an ice rink in North Bay, Canada.
The Broadweigh system was used initially to monitor the loads on four electric chain hoists during the lifting operation, and then to confirm the loads on the final rigging hardware for the multi-screen display.

The Broadweigh portable wireless system offers real-time, simple, effective and accurate load monitoring for rigging professionals, safety officials and site managers enabling them to monitor and log the precise loads on any given rigging point.

Central to the design of the BroadWeigh system are Crosby shackles equipped with a high accuracy, wireless load pin that reports data remotely to a computer or a handheld display. The system is able to monitor multiple load cells and can trigger an alarm should a load exceed a preset parameter. During this project the load data from each wireless load cell shackle was displayed on a computer screen.

David Bond, Broadweigh’s North American representative, worked together with Guy Wallace and the Westbury National Show Systems Ltd. team to address their requirements and concerns prior to the purchase as well as instruction and support on site during the operation. This instruction included both the hardware and software elements of the system.

“The lifting procedure was a critical stage of the installation,” said David.
“Should one hoist not support its equal part of the load, then that corner would drop and the structure would tilt on just two opposite suspension points, grossly overloading those two points. This could have caused a catastrophic failure. The BroadWeigh wireless system enabled the team to closely and accurately monitor the situation throughout the procedure.”

The Broadweigh system is increasingly being seen as a cost effective solution for entertainment venues, touring companies and production suppliers, to provide essential measurements of force helping operatives eliminate overload risks. The Broadweigh system has been developed in conjunction with entertainment industry professionals for real world work environments.