In an industry first, Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology is working with Lloyd’s Register (LR) on remote witnessing of overload testing at its Hengelo manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Remote witnessing will reduce the time and cost of surveyor’s visiting Hengelo and give customers a live video stream of the surveyor’s remote witnessing. Overload testing is a mandatory requirement for all new equipment and is part of Enerpac’s Factory Acceptance Testing procedure prior to delivery of all new lifting systems. Typically, the overload-test is witnessed on-site by an independent third-party surveyor. Using a new initiative for remote inspection from LR, Enerpac is able to undertake remote witnessing via wireless real-time camera streaming by smartphone. Before testing, Enerpac HLT sends the test protocols and drawings to the LR surveyor. During the remote witness, an Enerpac test engineer is in contact with the surveyor via a smartphone and Bluetooth headset, allowing an interactive dialogue during testing. After completion of the test, the surveyor sends Enerpac a remote witness certificate and signed test drawing.
Easier Test Scheduling
Following successful trials, LR’s remote inspection platform is now available to Enerpac HLT customers as a part of FAT (Factory Acceptance Testing) procedures. In addition to the time and cost savings of a LR surveyor site visit, the recorded video can be shared with customers and within Enerpac for project management, product development and training purposes.
“Lloyd’s Register’s remote inspection capabilities are an important and welcome addition to our FAT procedures, and a great opportunity to share testing video with customers,” says Mart Hinnen, general manager, Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology. “Also, remote witnessing makes it easier to schedule testing more quickly and therefore allows us to reduce delivery times.” Lauris Rosier, LR Netherlands Sales Manager, said, “We are delighted that Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology has chosen to offer their customers our remote inspection service. It brings a new, added value to FAT and other inspections for both parties in terms of the ease and convenience of testing.”
Enerpac Maintenance Program
Periodic load testing, inspection and maintenance can also be provided by Enerpac, under the Enerpac Maintenance Program (EMP) - through the system’s life as per manufacturer’s recommendations and to comply with Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER).