Monitoring your loads is a good way to improve the efficiency of your operation. It’s not always possible to just base the monitoring on what you see, particularly in more challenging conditions, so you will want to invest in a running line monitor. In some cases, you can hire one to use with your other equipment.
Running line monitors or RLMs use an electronic counter to monitor the amount of rope being used by the winch or hoist. This number is displayed on a screen to make it possible for the operator to see exactly what is happening, even if the conditions are poor. Basic monitors show just the amount of rope used or the distance covered. More advanced options will display the load weight, speed, and distance.
Running line monitors give you a digital readout, which makes it much easier to monitor the amount of line you’ve used or have pulled back in. This is important information, particularly in marine applications where you may not have much visibility and the conditions are rough. You can rely on the accuracy of the monitor, rather than trying to estimate everything by looking at the winch or hoist.
Using an RLM is a good idea if you want to keep track of how much you’re lifting or lowering. However, there are other advantages to choosing one of these devices.
RLMs are meant to be used in challenging situations, so they’re designed to be installed easily and quickly. You’ll need to find the right wheels to ensure the rope is properly measured, but apart from that, they’re quite efficient. You can also use multiple wheels for increased proficiency and accuracy.
The devices are also resistant to corrosion from the ocean air and work well even in poor weather. If you’re using them in marine applications, the RLM should continue to function without issue.
Any company using a hoist or a winch can benefit from the use of a running line monitor. It provides valuable data and allows you to stay on top of how efficient your setup is. With the proper design, you can speed up the entire process of moving equipment and product.
Do you need a running line monitor? At Atlas Winch Hire & Hoist Services, we have everything you need for successful hoisting, wherever you’re doing it. Browse our products and services online today or get in touch on 01899 221577 (Scotland) or 01371 859555 (Essex) for more information about how we can help your winching and hoisting operations.