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Latest OCH Feature
New sensor could increase forklift safety
Canadian-based Flow-Rite Safety Solutions has introduced a forklift collision awareness system that could improve safety by requiring the detection of two separate motions to trigger an alarm, writes Kizzi Nkwocha.
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The choice between chain and wire rope?
Steve Cordell of D. R. Cordell & Associates explains how to make the choice between wire rope and chain on a hoist and avoid the pitfalls of getting it wrong
Game changers: CertaStop
Every issue OCH showcases a game changing application, process or system that has the potential to significantly impact the way we work. Our Game Changers come from every part of the overhead crane and hoist supply chain, but they all have one thing in common: they regard change as an opportunity rather than a threat. This month’s OCH Game Changer is the East Coastbased CertaStop mechanical speed brake.
Growth to continue in material handling sector
The material handling sector is likely to experience continued growth, albeit at a slower rate,attendees at this year’s ProMat expo were told. Experts predict the industry could see ordernumbers reaching the heights of 2007 within the next two years, Nicole Robinson reports.
To raise a tunnel boring machine
Considering the size of your average tunnel boring machine (TBM), it is no surprise that its assembly often requires a multitude of cranes. However equipment selection has much more to do with the jobsite itself than the equipment, explains Desiree Willis of US-based TBM manufacturing giant Robbins
Making the case for VSD control
Last issue guest writer Roy Peterson pointed out the limitations of variable speed drive motor control when operating within certain parameters. However, as a recent report released by Siemens has highlighted, its popularity is steadily growing
Making a show of it
Konecranes was called in to provide a solution for a visual technology company, and as well as providing the right tools for the job, it had to pull off the job in the style its client was accustomed to
The True North
Canada’s rebounding economy, and particularly demand from the energy sector, is driving demand for crane firms in the US and Canadian North East. Kevin Walsh reports
Winding down not out
As advanced computerized control continues to revolutionize crane design, wound rotor motor controls, while considered outmoded by some, can still be first choice for some applications. Crane electrification and control systems manufacturer Duct-OWire’s Roy Peterson explains.
Powerlifting in Wisconsin
The Great Lakes region sees demand from a variety of industries for overhand cranes. Power generation has been reported as filling the gap where the automotive industry has lagged. OCH profiles a factory redesign in Wisconsin supplied by Chicago-based Whiting Corporation to accommodate the increasing need for large capacity transformers
Plan for ProMat
In preparation for the 2013 show, Nicole Robinson takes us through what the crane industry needs to know.
Making the upgrade
As the upturn continues, entertainment rigging firms are finding upgrades and safety concerns are highest on customer’s minds. Trevor Kupfer reports.