Creativity and Ingenuity Get the Lifting Job Done
Welcome to the Hoist Guy's blog! In this post, we will explore an application that called for creativity and ingenuity to accommodate a hazardous location and outdoor operations.
by Andrew T. Litecky on July 28, 2016
An engineering firm recently approached us to fabricate a special bridge crane lifting system for a natural gas generating facility. This maintenance crane was needed to lift head assemblies while outdoors in Texas at a hazardous location qualified as Class 1, Groups B,C, & D, Divison 2. Further, the delivery date was critical so the plant could be up and running on schedule. For complex applications like this one, industry knowledge and engineering experience are key to providing the right equipment for the job.
The system was built around a four foot to six foot span double-girder, underhung bridge crane of two-ton capacity, and our in-house engineering department calculated all of the loadings and deflections. A Yale Cable King hoist was selected with parallel mounting and double-reeving for true vertical lift. This ensured precise lifting of the load and prevented hook block drifts. An overload device offered further safety. Plus, this model offered very tight tolerances and end approaches. The hoist was also manufactured with special features such as a double-girder underhung trolley. The total hook movement was two feet, three inches.
For the hazardous location classified Class1, Groups B, C, &D, Division 2, we provided special disconnects and remotely mounted controls. Neoprene festooning was a must for heavy-duty usage where conductor bar could not qualify as explosion-proof.
But the toughest factor in the project was the outdoor location and the Texas climate. To combat the elements, the runway was galvanized and the hoist and trolley were covered with epoxy paint and a urethane top coat. The hoist motor and control panel were outfitted with hazardous location drain breathers, or specialty vents that allow moisture, such as from humidity, to come out but prevent debris from coming in.
Despite many complicated aspects, the equipment met spec and shipped on time. For jobs like this one, we are able to accommodate our customers through access to the industry’s best brands and offering in-house engineering support.
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