Caldwell expands RUD ACP-Turnado lifting point range31 May 2023
US-based The Caldwell Group has expanded its series of RUD ACP-Turnado lifting points by adding Max and Supermax versions.
The RUD ACP-Turnado Max has brought to market metric threads in diameters M48, M52, M56/UNC inch threads of 2in, while the Supermax brings the M64, M72, M80, M90 and M100/UNC inch threads of 2.5in, 3.0in, 3.5in and 4.0in.
This means the smart ACP-Turnado lifting point is now available in a range of sizes from M8 to M100 as well as from 0.5in to 4in, for an even greater variety of applications, including “extreme heavy-duty use”.
‘ACP’ stands for automatic centre point; the RUD ACP-Turnado’s lift shackle immediately turns in the load direction automatically when it is lifted, so it cannot remain in an incorrect position.
Robert Allen, outside sales manager for the RUD product line in the US and Canada, said: “Since the ‘smart’ centric lifting point automatically turns into the correct load direction when the load is lifted, the lift bail cannot remain stationary, and a sudden drop of the load is not possible. The innovative spring mechanism is the actual heart of the ACP-Turnado. It provides its unique ‘intelligence’ and makes it a ‘smart’ lifting point.”
As with smaller RUD ACP-Turnado lifting points, large versions have a universal bolt head with an internal and external hexagon, which is said to enable optimum handling. The bolt is captive, but still replaceable.
The RUD catalog covers products from solid chains and slings to diverse screw variants and includes items that are manufactured for use in specific end-user markets.
A lifting point is the connection between the lifting gear and the load. It connects the load with the lifting gear both during lifting and rotation as well as during turning and movement of loads. Lifting points include ring lifting lugs, eyebolts, flanges, etc., that the sling is attached to by using hooks, shackles or other connection elements.
The RUD ACP-Turnado Max and Supermax will be in stock at Caldwell and ready for shipping within the US by the end of July.