Load-bearing safety system tested at the Fira de Barcelona

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A new IoT-based system for verifying and monitoring the safety of suspension points used to support loads in the event sector underwent its first major test at Fira de Barcelona.

Loadwatch, which was developed by German companies Neumann&Müller Veranstaltungstechnik and Go-Development, was designed to monitor a large number of ellipsis in parallel, in a cost-effective way.

The planning and implementation of ellipses is currently mainly based on empirical values. These provide the basis for the dimensioning of the bearing capacity and the evaluation of the load distribution on the supporting structure. Previously available technical systems for mass determination of measured values ​​for such applications were neither efficient nor economical.

At Fira de Barcelona, ​​Loadwatch demonstrated how it can be seamlessly integrated into trade show and event processes. The information needed to assign parameters to individual load cells is transmitted digitally and wirelessly. Feedback on the approved charging case is given visually by LEDs on the device itself, with a traffic light type system signaling the degree of use. Other information is transferred via an IoT interface to a centralized web server, where the acquired data is transparently analyzed and visualized.

This information is available at all times through various communication interfaces, such as cloud-based web applications. Loads can be monitored by Neumann&Müller as a technical service provider for trade fairs and venues, as well as by stand builders and exhibitors, to check whether the load distribution agreed in the planning phase has been adhered to .

Matthias Rupieper, Head of Salon Division at Neumann&Müller, said: “This adds a substantial additional level of security. Planning can be validated with actual measured values, especially when dealing with small point loads and demanding project requirements.

He added that this is particularly important when there are a lot of loads for a load-bearing structure or if secondary components are affected by load distribution – which are major aspects for trade show companies and venue operators. “This new kind of permanent control allows us to push the boundaries when designing trade show presences and executing a host of other projects,” Rupieper said.

For more information on Loadwatch, click here.

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