New premises for Van Beest USA

The manufacturer and supplier of wire rope- and chain accessories with branches Van Beest has moved to a new office and distribution center in Houston to support the industry availability, quality and introducing new products to the North American markets. “The new office and distribution center allows Van Beest to stock five times the amount of inventory than the previous location which translates to an even better service and availability level than ever before.’’ said Chris Keffer, President of Van Beest USA.

AMCS technologies on a construction site in Abu Dhabi

AMCS technologies DCS 60 anti collision and zoning system equips twenty tower cranes participating in the Las Island project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Among the twenty machines, there are sixteen Potain MCT205, two MC175 and two Raimondi MRT294.

The DCS 60 operates in real time and in 3-dimensions to calculate the distances between each crane component as well as movement speed. It enables action to be taken on equipped mechanism to ensure complete immobilization of the crane at a pre-set distance from a particular obstacle.

Developed in two phases, the project comprises the Yas Arena, a new place of 18 000 seats dedicated to concerts and sport events as well as more than 50 cafés and restaurants, 20 shops, a cinema, a beach club, and two hotels. The project also includes the Water’s Edge, a large residential project.

Construction work started in December 2017, and one part of the project should be expected at the end of 2019.

Heliox wins charger infrastructure contract in Germany

ESWE Verkehr Wiesbaden, a German fleet-building project for 56 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses, has selected the fleet charging specialist Heliox to provide the charging infrastructure as well as the electrical installation and medium voltage grid connection. The contract covers full installation and service: charging stations, medium voltage connection and a full service and maintenance contract. The Heliox charging infrastructure will be compatible with the Fleet management system used, which facilitates monitoring of buses and the charging infrastructure in order to enable smart charge management. The construction will begin at the end of the year with first chargers ready in 2020. The charging infrastructure will be fully operational by 2021.

“We are delighted that the close cooperation with ” Daimler Buses ” is paying off. And we are fortunate to be able to work together with partners who are doing their utmost to make this possible. From Heliox point of view, we are looking forward to make the implementation work and will further proof the cost effectiveness of the Overnight Charging Solution, “said Koen van Haperen, Director Strategic Accounts at Heliox.

A delicate and unprecedented challenge for AMCS technologies at the Hinkley Point C site

The anti-collision and zoning solutions provider AMCS technologies was chosen to ensure the safety of tower cranes at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in UK. 20 of the 55 tower cranes expected on the site have already been installed and equipped with the devices designed by AMCS technologies.

Among all these machines, the Favelle Favco hydraulic luffing tower crane with a capacity of 220 tons, one of the cranes with the highest lifting capacity in the world, was also equipped with the DCS 61-S. This crane is distinguished by its two arrows, a 70m and a 30m jib, each equipped with a hoist winch and a hook capable of working simultaneously or separately.

The installation of the DCS 61-S, that ensures the management of prohibited overfly zones as well as anti-collision with interfering cranes, jib by jib, and cable by cable or together, has been an unpriced ended challenge for AMCS technologies’ R&D teams.,Indeed it was necessary to guarantee the safety of the construction site and therefore the management of the two hoist winches on the same crane with two jibs.The DCS 61-S system, thanks to its adaptability and ability to manage the collision avoidance and zoning by successively integrating new machines into its network, proved to be perfectly suited for this task.

Maxim Crane Works places large order for Alimak hoists

Maxim Crane Works has placed another large order for the new Alimak Scando 650 construction hoists to strengthen its USA based hoist business. The new order will allow Maxim to increase its offering of turnkey lifting solutions to their existing customers as well as expanding into new markets.

“We are pleased that Maxim Crane Works has chosen Alimak, once again, as the brand to drive their market strategy. We look forward to working with Maxim as they continue to invest in the hoisting sector,” said Henrik Teiwik, Global Business Area Manager Construction at Alimak Group.

“Maxim and our customers have been extremely satisfied with Alimak and the reliability of the product. We have outstanding up-time and product support and feel that the relationship has allowed us to successfully promote our ‘One Stop Shop’ equipment and service offerings in every state in the country,” stated Frank Bardonaro, Chief Operating Officer for Maxim.

Deutz strengthens its network in the Middle East

German engine manufacturer Deutz AG is expanding its network of dealers and service outlets in the Middle East region. The first phase of this expansion will focus on Egypt, the Arab Gulf States and Turkey.
“Expanding and digitalising our service activities forms a key part of our growth strategy. By building on our presence in the Middle East, we will be better able to meet regional demand for our products and services, which will not only make our local operations much more efficient, but will also significantly improve the performance of the service business as a whole,” says Michael Wellenzohn, Member of the Deutz Board of Management.

Dr. Matthias Szupories (DEUTZ AG, Senior Vice President Central Sales Western & Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa), Hassan Al Mahroos (Chairman & CEO M.H. Al Mahroos BSC (C)), main importer for Saudi-Arabia and Bahrain, and Markus Schneider (DEUTZ AG, Head of Sales and Service Middle East & Africa) at bauma 2019

The French AMCS technologies and Acreos embark on a technical partnership

AMCS Technologies, specialised in safety products for lifting machines, and the company Acreos which designs and manufacturers simulators for machine training decided to combine their technical expertise in a partnership. Thus, Acreos is in charge of the development of a crane simulator for AMCS, the SIM 61. This device will create a fully configurable virtual 3D site. Once the environment is created, it is installed on a computer connected via wired connection to the AMCS anti-collision devices DCS 60 or DCS 61-S and will simulate the different sensors fixed on a real crane. The data collected by these sensors are simulated by the SIM 61 which sends the information like a real crane to the system. From the R&D offices of AMCS technologies, the systems react in the same way as on a real job site and the simulation of anti-collision between cranes in interference can be tested.

Acreos uses the know-how of AMCS technologies to improve the training of apprentice crane operators in real conditions. The simulator will use the DCS 61-S systems installed on the cranes to collect data in real time thank to its data logger function, the position data of the machine during the exercises. The trainer can then analyze them and debrief with the student on his performances.

The DCS 60 in charge of anti-collision at a power plant in Stockholm

AMCS technologies installed its DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system on a new model of Comansa crane, the 21LC1050 with a maximum load capacity of 50 tonnes. The tower crane is currently working at Högdalens värmeverk, an existing Combined Heat and Power plant located south of Stockholm and it will help to replace one of the boiler of the plant for newer technology. In addition to mobile cranes, a Liebherr 280 EC-H crane with 35m of jib and 56m hook height will assist the Comansa crane with 65m of jib and 73.3 m hook height.

Completed test phase of the first high-tensile fibre ropes for Liebherr Tower Cranes

The Liebherr Group has collaborated with the Austrian rope manufacturer Teufelberger to design a new type of high-tensile fibre rope for hoisting applications. Approximately 100 different fibre rope prototypes, measuring around 70,000m in length were developed and tested on test benches or in the field for nearly 50,000h. According to Liebherr, this new cable has a lifespan four times longer than a conventional steel rope while being lighter by one fifth. Moreover, because of its plastic fibre structure, this cable does not require any lubrication. Other improvements such as better identification of wear and end of life of the cable have also been added.

This new product will be presented at Bauma next year before being marketed in April 2019.

 

AMCS Technologies DCS 60 Anti-collision system on the jobsite of the new Vinci headquarters

The DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system designed by AMCS Technologies was chosen to equip 11 Liebherr and Potain flat-top cranes on the site of the new Vinci headquarters in Nanterre (France). The DCS 60 manages the interferences between the many cranes and acts on their mechanisms to slow them down an to ensure their complete immobilization when there is a risk of collision between two cranes. The SUP 61 supervision tool has also been installed in the offices to monitor the site’s activity in real time. Connected via radio link to the network of the DCS 60 systems, the SUP 61 can display on a single screen the different movements and information of all cranes. It can intervene remotely on the neutralization function of the system selectively but also gives the possibility to activate / deactivate prohibited zones according to hazards and movements on the site.