Excavators and other lifting equipment have a safe working load specified by the manufacturer in order to protect both the machine and its operator. In some circumstances, legislation dictates that the machine must be fitted with a system known as a Rated Capacity Indicator (RCI) or safe load indicator (SLI) to monitor or control the load on the machine.
The lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations 1999 (LOLER):
The LOLER requirements provide some control over the configuration of lifting equipment including the way in which the safe working load (SWL) can vary as the load moves, e.g. with the inclination or extension of a jib. Where a single safe working load cannot be assumed because of changing configurations, the operator must have a means of assessing the machine’s load at any given time.
James Fisher Prolec’s systems provide essential rated capacity indication for safe and efficient lifting. They meet the UK lifting safety regulations, so fitting one means you can be sure that you’re maximising the productivity of your plant equipment while ensuring the safety of your staff (external certification required). A James Fisher Prolec system can provide investment payback as it will ensure the machine is working at its optimum and safe working load.