About LCM Systems Ltd
LCM Systems Ltd specialises in load measurement solutions that are utilised in many different industries worldwide. Established in 1984 to provide the yachting industry with precision load cells and readout systems, the company has grown rapidly, and now provides engineering and design expertise to market sectors including oil & gas, civil engineering, marine & offshore, aerospace, heavy lifting and process engineering.
We manufacture a comprehensive range of standard load cells and instrumentation, but a significant proportion of our business comes from the supply of bespoke products that are tailored to meet specific customer requirements. We can also manufacture load cells suitable for Zone 1 and 2 hazardous area applications, and pride ourselves on being able to provide innovative solutions to complex and challenging load measurement problems.
All products and systems are designed and built at our head office and factory located at purpose built facilities in Newport, Isle of Wight, UK. We do not support a high overhead structure, so we are able offer our customers quality products at very competitive prices.
We are an independantly owned business, so have no group to report to, and as a result are in full control over how the business develops. This enables us to respond rapidly to commercial demands and re-invest our profits to further strengthen and enhance the business. Between 2008 and 2014, more than £1 million was invested in our facilities to improve areas like calibration and production, including the purchase of new manufacturing premises. Some of the key facilities available at LCM Systems that set us apart from our competition includes:
We have developed our own internal systems for load cell design and drawing registration, and all drawings are produced with a 3D modelling package. We can accept drawings from customers in most of the popular and industry standard drawing formats. We also use finite element analysis (FEA) software to prove and validate some of our more complex designs, or where customers have specific commercial requirements for this to be performed.
We operate a full MRP system to load and maintain production demand and scheduling. All our production staff are fully trained and highly experienced in strain gauge application and sensor manufacture. As a company we specialise in down-hole strain gauging techniques and have honed these skills over the past 30 years, making us one of the most experienced manufacturers using this method in the market. We also operate our own in-house machining facilities, providing us with machining expertise specifically in load cell manufacture. It also allows us to be self sufficient on many of our orders, providing flexibility not offered by many of our competitors.
Additionally, we have spent many years developing specialised techniques to ensure consistent high quality is achieved in the most efficient manner, helping to improve production standards and reduce costs.
LCM Systems have a wide range of calibration and test facilities in-house. Several purpose built test machines allow calibration in tension to 150te and in compression to 1500te. All test machines are calibrated annually by an independent UKAS certified calibration company at our premises, in accordance with BS EN ISO7500-1:2004 and certified accordingly. All other equipment is also annually calibrated by UKAS certified calibration companies to their relevant standards. On the rare occasions it cannot be undertaken in-house, we do have access to wider calibration facilities. We also regularly have third party witnessing of customer products being tested and calibrated by ABS, Lloyds, DNV etc.
Although LCM Systems are ISO9001 accredited and operate an extensive fully documented QMS system that is independently audited, we also have additional procedures in place that reinforces the level of traceability required by our markets and customer base. The quality of our products is second to none and offer superb reliability. This has made us the number one choice of many customers who come back to us year after year.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide innovative solutions to complex and challenging load measurement problems.
- Material stock holding.
- In house machine shop - turning, milling, boringn and welding.
- 3D CAD modelling and FEA analysis.
- Strain gauging laboratory.
- Instrument build and assembly.
- In-house force calibration facility to 1500kN tension and 15,000kN compression.
- Use of 7500kN tension and 30MN compression.
- External water pressure test to 1000psi.
- In-house pressure calibration facility to 3000bar
- Prototype manufacture.
- R & D projects.
- Strain gauge down-the-hole techniques.
- Electronic circuit design and test.
- Software origination.
- Short turnaround times.
- Load Cell calibration - traceable to National Standards.
- Pressure Transducer calibration
- ATEX load cells