What is a load link?

A load link, also known as a load cell and dynamometer, monitors the tension between two objects and is designed primarily for under-hook crane weighing and load testing applications. Scotload provides a range of different load link variants in both cabled and wireless outputs up to 500 tonnes as standard (larger capacities are availble as a bespoke option) and are available with the award-winning SmartLoad® technology.

Why are they used?

Load links accurately monitor loads when conducting lifting and weighing applications. They measure the strain between two objects, helping to identify and monitor dynamic loads, as well as verify the weight of test weights or load testing applications.  

Load links offer a superior accuracy over load monitoring shackles, and are an industry standard tool for determining the load. Load links are designed to work with standard lifting shackles and can therefore be easily rigged into virtually any lifting arrangement. 

Advantages of a Scotload's load link

SmartLoad® wireless load links offer a lightweight design paired with Scotload’s award-winning SmartLoad® technology, providing a range of different functionality to make load monitoring and weighing applications simpler, more efficient and safer.  

SmartLoad®displays can connect and display up to four load links (or shackles) simultaneously and automatically calculate the average and total loads, which are also displayed on the screen. Our SmartLoad®load cells are also fully compatible with our COG software which, when paired with multiple load links, allows an easy method to determine the distribution of load and COG point in complex or dynamic lifts.  

In addition, SmartLoad® also offers a unique method for data-logging. Unlike other systems, data is stored directly on the load link which can then be downloaded after the operation. This therefore reduces the need to have a PC on-site, as well as eliminating the risk of data loss due to transmission issues. 

SmartLoad® technology offers a range of further features designed to make lifting and weighing easier, more efficient and cost-effective, such as: 

  • Load cell battery indicator (both load cell and handset) 
  • Peak load monitoring visual graph 
  • Integrated data-logging removes need for base station on-site (logging can be initiated directly from the handset) 
  • Remote power-down of load cell 
  • Unique compatibility (SmartLoad® handsets can be used with any load shackle) 

Where are load monitoring links used?

Scotload load links are designed for use across all industry sectors, including marine and offshore environments thanks to its anti-corrosion design, Scotload’s load links can be used in a variety of different operations from load testing, bollard pulls, overhead weighing and lifting applications. 

Different types of load link

The SmartLoad® wireless load link is available in capacities from 3.25T up to 500T as standard (bespoke options available) and can be supplied with a range of options and accessories. All SmartLoad® load links come with a new calibration certificate, one year’s manufacturer warranty, user manual and USB base station, to provide you with everything you need to start your operations right out of the box. 

Scotload is also able to supply wired load links, high-temperature and subsea load monitoring links – please contact us to find out more.  

What are hazardous area load links?

Hazardous area load links are designed to remove the potential of ignition within flammable environments. Hazardous area equipment requires specialised certification and comes in a range of zone categories which determine the level of persisting flammable gases.

In environments where there is a posed threat of flammable or explosive gases, hazardous load links are available to ensure maximum safety to your workforce.

Equipment is typically categorised into the below zones of hazardous or non-hazardous environments, depending on the level of persistence the flammable gas has.

Zone 0: Explosive gasses are present continuously and for long durations.

Zone 1: Explosive gasses are likely to be present, but only persist intermittently.

Zone 2: Explosive gasses are unlikely to be present, but have the potential to persist for short durations.

Non-hazardous area: Explosive gasses are expected to be present.

Scotload supplies zone 1 and zone 2 hazardous area certified load links, featuring its innovative SmartLoad® wireless monitoring technology.

Please contact us for more information on our hazardous area load links and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.