This past weekend we visited the O2 arena in London, needless to say it was heaving! Not only with people but also with rigging motors and electric chain hoists, literally everywhere, holding up signs, screens, trussing, lighting, speakers to name but a few!
This really goes to show that there is no lack in the market for requirement as there are hundreds of these mega arenas all around the country such as football clubs and even airports, this is great for the market and the industries economy as I am confident it is on the rise, all of my contacts across the market tell me nothing but positive things with steady growth. As it has it I was contacted by a university doing a survey on the market, it was very in depth and lasted around 40 minutes, every kind of question was asked and my opinion was noted, at the end the lady provided me with feedback on what other people had been saying, it was very positive and a steady growth year on year until 2020 was predicted which is nothing but good news for everyone in sales and hire of rigging gear.
I was amazed at the site of all these hoists and the technical rigging that goes in to these systems, the guys that set them up are very talented and deserve much credit, hats off!
If you operate any type of hoist or crane you will know that a brief daily inspection of equipment is simply just safe practise and should never be disregarded. One day it is likely that your daily check will reveal excessive wear on the hoists wire rope or load chain, this requires action sooner rather than later and that action is to replace the rope or chain.
Many believe that you can simply order the same diameter rope and length expecting it to work or the same gauge chain expecting it to run. If only life were so simple! These cheeky hoist manufacturers want your business and they want it again and again! So they specially manufacture chains and ropes for their hoists and sometimes place rights upon that design. Playing carefully the manufacturers never release enough information to manufacture the rope and there for forcing the customer and middle man to buy from the manufacturer the official rope or chain.
This of course has its ups and downs- the manufacturers tend to take advantage to the fact that they are the only place you can get replacements which means sky high prices for end users, however should something ever go wrong you will usually have the backing of the manufacturers warranty which is not effected with the use of genuine parts. Be safe not sorry, always use genuine replacements, if somebody tries to offer you different- you have been warned!
Truthfully I have been busy, I have been away abroad also! But I am back and will continue to educate the reader and discuss the latest in Lifting Gear.
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Last month this crane collapsed about 2,000 miles away from Moscow in Russia. This rail mounted tower crane got caught up in some serious winds causing it to gain speed moving down the tracks and collapsing into a nine floor appartment block. Luckily nobody was injured however eight cars were smashed up in the process! This is a lesson to everyone in the lifting industry. Always take the necessary safety precautions (this includes checking the weather!) and risk assessment is vital.
Only in Russia would they continue to operate the other cranes after this had happend! (lol) It is suspected that the crane was not installed correctly- disastrous!
Collapsing Crane in Russia!
For more information and advice an overhead cranes and installation, testing and servicing contact Crane Handling.
Jib Cranes can become slightly confusing when it comes to making your first purchase as factory management it is your responsibility to ensure everything goes to plan, so reading this article will help you get to grips with Swing Jibs and ensure you pick the right one!
Firstly there is the type of Jib Crane, will you be floor mounting or wall mounting?
Donati Swing Jib Crane.
Types of Jib Cranes
Free Standing- When specifying a free standing jib crane the jib arm is supported by a floor mounted support, this is secured by chemical anchors that are fitted to the ground and base plate. These can be over-braced or Under-braced, if headroom issues are bound to occur (meaning you do not have enough room above the jib arm to fit the crane) under-braced ensures that the total height of the crane is no taller than the required hook path (height of lift).
Wall Mounted- The name is self explanatory, easily mounted to a wall using fixing stirrups or chemical resin anchors, giving more room on the floor of the production line. Additional height of lift can be achieved at a better cost without the need for tall columns for mounting.
Jib Cranes can have up to 360 degrees of manual or electric slew in order to efficiently and effectively reach material and lift up to 10 Tonnes. For more information and competitive quotations on Donati Swing Jib Cranes please visit Crane Handling.