The Important Applications of Medi-Ray’s Lead Counterweights

Lead counterweight

Medi-Ray counterweights are necessary for many types of equipment. They may be as simple as steel plates or designed with complex geometrics. When you are designing a product that will need counterweights, there are many factors to consider. These factors include how much you will need, whether the counterweights will be freestanding or inside a compartment, how much space you have to work with, etc. Counterweights can be made of steel or lead, depending upon the application. If they are manufactured using lead, the lead can be coated with powder or painted for safe handling. Some applications for counterweights include medical equipment, aerospace, bridges, forklifts, cranes, elevator weights and sonar weights. Below are only a few examples of other applications for counterweights:

  • The famous leaning tower of Pisa in Italy uses counterweights to ensure that the building does not continue to lean and eventually fall.
  • On a construction site, elevators use counterweights to balance the load of the elevator car.
  • A crane is a mechanism that balances the load it is carrying with a lead counterweight by utilizing a horizontal boom across the top of the tower.
  • A bascule bridge is moveable due to a counterweight that continuously balances the span when it swings upward to allow for boat traffic.
  • Crankshafts in piston engines use counterweights to reduce vibrations.
  • Desk lamps use counterweights to keep the lamp in the appropriate position.
  • A metronome has an adjustable spring mechanism that allows the speed to increase or decrease by using counterweights.
  • Amusement park rides use counterweights to ensure the safety of their riders.

Medi-Ray provides customized counterweights that have been developed specifically for scientific laboratory applications, as well as the automotive, marine, environmental and construction industries. Our quality control testing and inspections are second to none and we guarantee consistent unit weights. Our specialty lead alloys guarantee durability and functionality. Medi-Ray’s quality control personnel certify every shipment.

We are located at 150 Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe, New York. Call us toll-free at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740. You can also email sales@mediray.com. We take great pride in offering the highest quality service to all our customers.

 

Video: Leading Manufacturer of Lead Counterweights

Medi-Ray™ is a well known supplier of steel and lead counterweights. We have developed custom counterweights for automotive, marine, environmental equipment, construction equipment, scientific laboratory applications and for recreational use.

 

Video: Uses of Lead Counterweights

Medi-RayTM provides lead counterweights with guaranteed functionality and durability. Lead counterweights may be used in the automotive industry, marine industry, along with environmental equipment, construction equipment and scientific laboratories.

 

Video: Types of radiation shielding materials

Radiation shielding refers to the use of a material or device to protect against ionizing radiation. Lead is a primary metal for Radiation Shielding. This Video discusses the different types of lead shielding materials.

 

Application of Lead Counterweights

Medi-RayTM provides lead counterweights with guaranteed functionality and durability. Lead counterweights work in several applications, such as, automotive, marine, environmental equipment, construction equipment and scientific laboratory applications.

Applications of Lead Counterweights

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Slide: Types of radiation shielding materials

Radiation shielding is the use of material or devices that protect against ionizing radiation. Lead is a primary metal for radiation shielding. This slide discusses the different types of lead shielding materials.

Types of radiation shielding materials

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Lead Counterweights

Lead is a great metal to use for a counterweight. It’s unique combination of high resistance to corrosion, malleability and high density allows for a versatile range of uses. Our quality control procedures guarantee consistent unit weight in our lead counterweights. Custom counterweights have been developed for automotive, marine, environmental equipment, construction equipment, scientific laboratory applications and even recreational use.

Some uses for lead counterweights include:

  • Elevator Weights
  • Lead sash weights (windows)
  • Stage and theater weights
  • Ballast lead weights
  • Aerospace counterbalance weights
  • Curtain weights
  • Divers weights
  • Boat keel weights
  • Race car ballast weights
  • Flagpole weights

Lead counterweights are typically 40% heavier than steel counterweights. This allows our lead counterweights to fit in smaller spaces and have lower centers of gravity. This also allows flexibility as to how the counterweights are positioned, due to the smaller space that it inhabits.

 

Aeronautical Lead Counterweights

Counterweights come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials, and in accordance, are used for many different things. However, the most important need for a counterweight is to create a sense of balance. In terms of Aeronautical Counterweights, their use is to keep airplane pilots from over exhausting their aircrafts.

counterweightsAeronautics is the science involved with the study, design, and manufacturing of air flight capable machines, or the techniques of operating aircraft and rocketry within the atmosphere. Counterweights used in this regard, are also known as bob weights. Their main purpose is to change the amount of control force required to deflect an airplane’s control column. This process is dependent on the factor of air speed.

 

By installing lead counterweights into aircrafts, aeronautical engineers can make it more difficult to pull on the control column as g-force increases. G-force is the force to which a body is subjected when accelerated. The installation of lead counterweights in aircrafts is an important safety procedure, as it ensures that a pilot will not overstress his aircraft.

Medi-RayTM‘s skilled team of craftsmen pride themselves on the production of such counterweights, as well as many others with a wide range of sizes, material types, and uses.