Measuring success | 50 years of Strainstall

With half a century of experience in load monitoring and systems providing, Strainstall is a world leader in developing solutions that enhance the safety and performance of customers’ assets.

The company develops and applies innovative technology, including load, strain and stress measuring techniques, within a wide range of sectors including marine, offshore, civil engineering, rail and aerospace. Strainstall specialises in the design and manufacture of standard and bespoke load cells, strain gauges and integrated systems that are proven to perform year on year in hostile and hazardous environments.

It has been able to have such a successful 50 years due to the importance it places on having the right personnel, which managing director Simon Everett discussed:

“We typically work with the customer to understand exactly what they are trying to achieve, and then build a system that is designed to meet that. We are able to do this, due to the team we have from different disciplines – they have expertise that includes mechanical, electrical, electronic, software, and systems engineers. All of whom are able to provide support for customers in order to build these specific systems.”

The company has a concentration on research and development, as Strainstall wants to ensure that it is a leader within the industry and not just in terms of quality but also in terms of new developments and technology. The progress it has already made in this area has led to several significant products, which Simon elaborated upon:

“It is very important that we are continuously developing the next generation of technology and keep pushing forward the forefront of what is being made for the industry. This means we are always responding to the changing needs of those that work within this sector, and an example of this was that we made a product called SmartLoad. This is a complete suite of load monitoring products – load links, load shackles, running line monitors, all available off the shelf, which is far in advance of any other load monitoring products that are available in the market user-friendly experience and having logging capability within the products, so that the customer has the data as well as the simple weighing instrument. SmartLoad offers customers a flexible product that is suitable for the requirements of the industry these days – you have multiple load cells, you can log all the data, and present that in a report for clients. Smart Load technology enables the customer to do all of that very quickly, very easily, and very efficiently.”

Another area where Strainstall has a depth of experience is container weighing, as Simon highlights:

“We developed a container weighing system over the previous three years that has been very successful. The product has been used to help a number of terminals around the world, and provide efficient container weighing solutions to meet the new SOLAS regulations that came into force on the 1st July this year. It retrofits onto container handling equipment to provide a fully automatic weighing system that is highly accurate, and hundreds of these have already been installed and are operating today around the globe.”

There are countless products and areas where Strainstall is a market leader, however one key focus for the company is its ability to provide solutions for hazardous areas. It has been providing hazardous area products and expertise for many years and has recently focused on developing a suite of wireless products for use in hazardous areas. The company will have a new range of hazardous area wireless goods for zone one coming out very soon, meaning Strainstall will offer a suite of products, displays, and handsets, which will operate wirelessly within the zone one environment. The new range will be based on the SmartLoad technology so will bring all the benefits of SmartLoad to hazardous area users. It has been able to do this due to the extensive experience, expertise, and understanding that the company has when making hazardous area products.

All of these products and all of Strainstall’s experience are applied to a wide range of industries, from the oil and gas sector to renewables, and it has an extensive understanding of the marine environment. As such, it has been able to ply its oil and gas experience into the rapidly expanding renewable sector. As a result of the growth of renewables it has meant there have been a number of opportunities for the company’s products and services to be needed, and Simon highlighted one major undertaking that Strainstall has been involved in:

“The Hywind project – the world’s first floating wind turbine project is of course an exciting opportunity. We were selected to provide a unique load monitoring product we developed called Strain Rings – it is an extremely accurate product that is also robust and ideal for the offshore environment. The product is being integrated with chain stoppers and will provide all the mooring load data for the project.”

The fact that Strainstall was chosen to be involved in what is a groundbreaking global first, vindicates the experience, reputation, and capability, which the company has within maritime industries.

Strainstall remains incredibly active, it has just celebrated its 50-year anniversary, and it has brought out a number of leading products over the past few years, while also working for a range of customers from many sectors. There is surely no better sign for a business than to be in demand, producing innovative and industry improving products, and assisting in global firsts for a developing sector. With its expertise and services required and trusted by so many, the future looks bright for Strainstall.