QMT News: March 2014
1500 tonne calibration test machine

Load measurement specialist LCM Systems has installed a custom-designed 1500 tonne calibration machine at its manufacturing facility in Newport, Isle of Wight.

LCM Systems can now calibrate in-house all load cells, shackles and pins with capacities up to 1500 tonnes in compression, and 150 tonnes in tension. LCM says this means reduced prices and faster delivery times on large capacity load cells for its customers. Also, as many of LCM Systems’ load cells are used in safety critical applications, all calibrations are traceable to national standards and accurate to 0.1% of rated load. 

Previously, all load cells measuring loads over 200 tonnes had to be shipped to The National Physical Laboratory in Teddington for calibration, adding to the production time and also incurring additional costs.

LCM has seen a large increase in the requirement for larger capacity load cells over the last few years, and recognised that a bespoke calibration machine would not only dramatically speed up the production process, but would also pay for itself in just two years.

Having the ability to carry out calibrations up to 1500 tonnes is also rather unusual, as apart from The National Physical Laboratory, there is only one other calibration machine in the UK capable of testing load cells with such high capacities.
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