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         turing facility in southern England.  The machine is designed using dimen-  Central Contractors Service
           Pieter  van Duijn,  commercial  direc-  sions from SP’s load cells ranging in ca-  Moving to Expanded HQ
         tor at Van Gool, said: “We believe that   pacity from zero to 350t, but additional   Alsip, Ill., location to be site of new
         we are the first lifting and rigging com-  load pins and reducing bushes will be   12-acre yard, centralized office
         pany in the world to have calibration   included to house a much broader range   and maintenance facilities
         capacity up to 350t, other than dedicat-  of  load  cells.  The  Enerpac  hydraulic   Midwest  crane-powerhouse  Central
         ed testing laboratories. There are other   ram  is  a  standard  double  acting,  700   Contractors  Service,  a member  of the
         companies that calibrate on horizontal   bar item that is controlled using a 230v,   ALL Family of Companies, is unifying
         test rigs, which might be used for test-  single phase, electric pump with a fine   its operations into a single, larger yard.
         ing chain slings, but we are not aware   control valve. In use, the load applica-  The expansion provides a spacious 12
         of anyone who has purchased a vertical   tion  will  be  gradually  increased  using   acres to contain a more modern logis-
         machine purely for calibration of load   that control valve until test completion.  tics hub and operations department, a
         cells—and at this accuracy.”         “The rig arrives at an opportune time,   storage yard, and state-of-the-art offic-
           He added: “As such, installation rep-  when  business  is  being  generated  by   es and maintenance facilities. Already
         resents  a  significant  investment  and  a   the offshore and shipping, towing, crane   respected by contractors  throughout
         landmark moment for our company and   and other markets—in hoisting, lifting   the  Chicago metropolitan area for  its
         the service we offer our customers. If an   and  weighing  applications,”  said  van   high-quality equipment and turnkey
         instrument is not calibrated it cannot   Duijn. “However, it remains important   crane service, the consolidation will al-
         give a true and accurate measurement of   to continue to evolve, innovate, and add   low the branch to provide even more ef-
         the load, which is fundamental to safety.”  value to be successful in the long term.   ficiency to its customers.
           The vertical universal machine is ac-  This investment is indicative of our   The larger yard was made possible
         curate to Class 1 and is designed to test   commitment to world-class safety stan-  when properties neighboring Central’s
         standard  industry  size  load  links  and   dards and the sectors we serve.”  four-acre Alsip, Illinois, yard came avail-
         compression cells to 350t. The unit itself   The machine was funded by Van Gool’s   able for sale. The branch seized the op-
         is third-party calibrated by Holland’s   own resources; van Duijn said that he is   portunity because its operations had
         NMi,  an  independent  specialist  in  the   confident of achieving a return on invest-  become spread over three separate sites.
         sector, to ISO 7500-1:2015, which speci-  ment within a few years, even based on a   Central was originally founded in Chi-
         fies  the  calibration  and  verification  of   “no cure, no pay” business model, mean-  cago in 1946 and has occupied its main
         tension / compression testing machines.   ing if it is unable to calibrate a load cell   headquarters in Crestwood, Illinois,
         Tensile load cells will be calibrated in   the customer will not be charged.  three and a half miles from the Alsip
         the lower section and compression load   For more information about Van   yard, since 1995. The Crestwood location
         cells in the upper part of the frame.  Gool, visit their website at       continued on next page

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