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continued from previous page       ect. Another four 120t load cells from a
         branch opening, the nearest geograph-  different manufacturer completed the
         ic branches were Kalamazoo, Michigan   force measurement fleet for the job.
         and Angola, Indiana.                 Tyrone Tilley, National Services
           The purpose of expanding to South   Manager at Anchor, said: “With a test
         Bend came from a combination of high   this large there is  always a certain
         volume current customers in the area as   level of stress and to have the Straight-
         well as potential customers in the market.  point products involved gave the team
           “We knew there was a need for a Star   added  assurances  that the equipment
         Crane presence in the area,” said Craig   was going to deliver in a pressurized
         Derks, CEO. “We have been doing busi-  environment. The 120t load cells were
         ness in the Tri-State area successfully   from old stock; we are in the process of
         for years.”                        phasing out those units and replacing
           Star Crane & Hoist’s new  location   them with Straightpoint equipment.”
         will allow them to continue the prom-  For the main overload test, a dozen
         ise to customers that is valued so much   water bags were used in a near-40m,   The Liebherr offshore onboard crane suspends
         in the industry; a two-hour emergency   three-tier cascading rig. At the top and   Tier 1 of the cascading water bag rig.
         response repair pledge. For many cus-  middle were two 100t and two 40t bags,
         tomers, this service is critical as equip-  while three 20t and a 30t bag combined
         ment malfunction  can force an entire   at the bottom.  Supporting rigging
         shut down of operations.           equipment was allocated to each  lift-
           Star Crane & Hoist has been in the   ing point; for example, Point 2 for two
         industry for over 30 years, making cus-  40t bags in Tier 1 included a 100t x 7m
         tomer service it’s number one priority.  roundsling, two 55t safety bow shack-
           “We strive for high customer satis-  les (above and below the 75t load cell),
         faction by doing a quality service in an   followed by the water bag.
         honest  and  ethical  environment,”  said   Tilley said: “The additional capacity
         Derks, “It’s providing our customers with   in the water bags was to account for wa-
         rapid, reliable and efficient services from   ter displacement owing to the fact that
         our high qualified team of associates.”  they were pushing against each other.
           For  more  information  please  visit   Of the 650t capacity we had I estimate  that we lost approximately 50t to 70t.”
                                              The Radiolink plus is Straightpoint’s   Two 75t  capacity Radiolink plus load cells
         Straightpoint Load Cells           most popular product.  The  range  of   aboard the DLB Stingray.
         integral to onboard crane          low headroom links,  meanwhile, is   forward to applying it on future appli-
         load tests                         designed to provide accurate measure-  cations of this nature.”
           Anchor  Industries used water bags   ment of loads in the most challenging   The Liebherr boasts the Litronic crane
         in addition to a variety of force mea-  applications where  headroom restric-  management system, a one-level inter-
         surement  and rigging  equipment to   tions  are a major factor.  In this  case,   face between crane and driver. Various
         complete load tests on a Liebherr crane   Anchor  wanted  to limit  the  height  of   analysis tools provide relevant informa-
         aboard a vessel in Cape Town Harbour,   rigging in-between water bags. Con-  tion on the operation and the system
         South Africa recently.             structed from high strength alloy steel   empowers the driver to efficiently con-
           The 500t capacity Liebherr,  model   and exposed to an array of testing dur-  trol the crane and optimize turnover.
         BOS 14000-500D, is the main crane on   ing development, the tension load cells   Stingray, meanwhile, has a design draft
         the deck of Van Oord’s pipe-laying ves-  are designed to work with industry   of 5m and dimensions of 120m by 40m.
         sel, DLB Stingray. The prime focus for   standard shackles. Further, said Tilley,
         Stingray is S-lay pipe-lay work; when   they are lightweight and user-friendly.  Modulift revolutionizes
         performing S-lay pipeline installation,   Anchor was aboard the vessel over a  load monitoring capabilities
         joints  of pipe are welded into a pipe   three-day period. Tilley explained that  with new Active Link
         string aboard the vessel. The crane re-  the first day was used for transporta-  spreader beam
         quired five-yearly testing.        tion  of  the  equipment  in  two  flatbed   The Active Link is an innovative new
           Anchor accepted a scope of work from   truckloads, then rigging up the water   end unit  system with  an  integrated
         Dormac Marine & Engineering to com-  bags. Day two saw completion of the   load cell,  compatible with the exist-
         plete an overload test of the crane, con-  550t load test, while the two additional   ing range of Modulift spreader beams.
         stituting a 550t load being applied to   tests, rigging down and offloading took   It will provide wireless real time data
         the  main hoist. Additionally,  Anchor   place on the final day.      by measuring the load at either end of
         was required to complete a 55t load test   Tilley  concluded:  “The job was  well   the spreader beam and is ideal for both
         of  the  auxiliary  hoist  as  well  as  a  50t   planned and executed within the time-  weighing  and dynamic load monitor-
         calibration test of the main hoist after   frame without any significant challeng-  ing.  Data is transmitted wirelessly  to
         the 550t overload test was complete.  es other than the short lead time; we   a USB transceiver that must be con-
           Four 75t  capacity  Radiolink plus   received confirmation of the job on the   nected to a Windows computer or tab-
         wireless load cells and four 30t capacity   17th of the month and delivered from   let with a spare USB port.
         wireless low headroom links, all manu-  the 20th to 23rd. We used handheld de-  The Active Link, which replaces
         factured by Straightpoint and sourced   vices for this project but have recently   the standard drop link component,
         from  Anchor  stock,  provided data to   acquired Straighpoint’s multi-load cell   presents  a  myriad  of  benefits  with
         handheld devices throughout the proj-  reading software [SW-MWLC] and look   time, cost and weight savings all at-

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