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                                                  Dura-Mod Modular Spreader Beams from Caldwell.
                                                  Each system will consist of a pair of end fittings and
                                                    drop links, and two upper and lower shackles.

         so  that even  longer  lifting  chains  can   spring, but based
         be assembled by only one person. Even   on the response from
         shortening  the chain strands is done   dealers and end users  alike,
         in no time at all. This plus in working   additional  capacities have been
         ergonomics ensures that downtime for   added  to the range and plans are al-
         employees due  to back  problems,  for   ready afoot to raise the capacity to 250   stock.  Therefore,
         example, is reduced.               tons—and beyond.                   both  versatility
           Robust and durable                 Malcolm Peacock,  business  devel-  and stocking  ca-
           Time and money can  also be saved   opment specialist  at Caldwell, said:   pabilities  work
         because the soft textile warp mate-  “Each system will consist of a pair of   hand in hand.”
         rial means that surface-protecting aids   end  fittings  and  drop  links,  and  two   All  Dura-Mod
         such as coatings and hoses are not re-  upper and lower shackles to make the   spreaders utilize
         quired.  The  DoNova®  PowerLift  also   shortest  possible  configuration.  From   standard shackles
         convinces with its special abrasion re-  there it is a simple case of combin-  that are available
         sistance. “Dyneema® is – measured by   ing  intermediate spreader sections  to   from all major
         weight – 15 times stronger than qual-  achieve the required span. The single   manufacturers.
         ity steel and up to 40% stronger than   longest component is only 20 ft.”  Caldwell  specifies
         aramid  fibers,”  explains  Ralph  Abato,   “If a square or rectangular spreader   top sling lengths,
         Managing Director of Dolezych’s Amer-  frame is required you simply need to   while  the  load
         ican subsidiary Doleco USA.        remove  the  end  fittings  and  add  cor-  determines lower
           Times  are  chainging.  The  DoNova®   ner sections—the struts are the same,”   rigging. As Peacock suggested, box
         PowerLift  (also available as lashing   added  the adjustable spreader beam   beams and spreader frames can be used
         chain DoNova® PowerLash) is fun for   expert, who  joined the company last   for four-point lifts where there may be
         everyone  involved, entrepreneurs  and   year. “We provide a full assembly pro-  headroom restrictions. Similar to regu-
         users, as it combines two aspects that   cedure  on  our  data sheets  along  with   lar modular spreaders, these frames
         are often rather contradictory: occupa-  details of fasteners and torque values.   are easily stored and transported, and
         tional safety and efficiency.      We can also manufacture any custom   can be broken down and reassembled
           For more information about DoNova®   or  special  parts  to order  to  enable  us   for multiple lifting applications.
         textile chain  visit their website at   and our distributors to provide a flex-  Noe said: “Malcolm’s addition is huge or  ible service.”                   for  Caldwell as  the  [Dura-Mod]  pro-
                                              Taking stock                     gram advances. Modular beams are his
         Caldwell Markets Dura-Mod            Caldwell is keeping a large inventory   strong suit and we plan to follow his
         Modular Spreader Beams             of stock to be able to react to customers’   lead on how we go to market.”
           Rockford, Illinois-based The Caldwell   needs. It also communicates with vari-  All Dura-Mod spreaders conform
         Group Inc. has launched the Dura-Mod   ous  potential stock  holding  distribu-  to  ASME  B30.20  and  BTH-1  Design
         Modular Spreader Beam, a versatile,   tors to enable them to supply to their   Category B, Class 0. Each modular
         lightweight  alternative  to  fixed  and   clients  on  a quick-ship  basis.  Peacock   system is manufactured in-house
         multiple point below-the-hook  solu-  acknowledges  that the  long-term  goal   and is provided with a “Made in the
         tions up to 170-ton capacity.      is  to have complete U.S.  coverage of   USA” badge. Notably, Caldwell said it
           Dura-Mod, which will be sold solely   Dura-Mod stock.               is not a problem if Dura-Mod is used
         through the manufacturer’s global dis-  Darrin Noe, director of sales at   in conjunction with other renowned
         tributor network, is suited to a multi-  Caldwell, said: “Upon the concept’s   manufacturers’ products, providing all
         tude of markets including oil and gas,   launch,  we received an overwhelming   components are certified and conform
         heavy engineering,  and crane  and   response and everyone we met was ex-  to relevant standards.
         equipment rental. It  is a new rigging   cited about having access to the prod-  DICA to Showcase New
         concept for Caldwell, and complements   uct. We have since been working hard
         the existing family of fixed beams, ad-  to  get  it  finalized  and  ready  for  the   Products in Multiple Booths
         justable beams, beam end fittings and   U.S. market in particular and we were   at ConExpo-Con/Agg
         ‘build your own’ spreaders.        ready to stage the full launch at the   DICA will display its multiple lines of
           Dura-Mod  was  first  unveiled  at  the   end of January [2020]. The versatility   Outrigger Pads, Crane Pads, Cribbing
         Associated Wire Rope Fabricators   of the range enables distributors  and   Blocks, Pole Barriers and introduce a
         (AWRF) Product  Information Exhi-  Caldwell to hold substantial product   new product category at two booth lo-
         bition (PIE)  in Cleveland, Ohio last   and  provide  a  certified  spreader  from    continued on next page

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