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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the United Arab Emirates, the real estate company Emaar is in charge of the construction of the Dubai Creek Harbour, a future new town in Dubai. The project, actually at phase one of the project called “Island District”, gathers 59 tower cranes in which are settled on each of them AMCS technologies’ DCS 60. These famous anti-collision systems play a key role in terms of security, as everyday more than 10 000 people work on site to undertake 33 high rise buildings. “Anti-collision and zoning systems are essential for this spectacular project, managed locally by our exclusive dealer in the United Arab Emirates, A and Z technologies represented by Abdelrahman Saafin” mentioned Radoine Bouajaj, AMCS technologies Sales Director.
The Irish testing and inspection specialist for lifting equipment based in Cork, Anderco Lifting is using the new CheckedOk system for its on-site reports. Developed by CoreRFID, a Skelmersdale headquartered supplier of Radio Frequency Identification, the CheckedOk system offers equipment safety testing and inventory reports enabling users to pull all data together in one place and send it directly to clients. According to the developper, its RFID based system can reduce reporting times from a couple of days to a matter of minutes. It can be integrated into users’ IT system and customised for specific client needs such as adding new equipment categories.
“The CheckedOK Solution is widely used to help improve safety management in construction, engineering, manufacturing and chemical industries. The system enables customers to easily collect and access inspection data using handheld computers, Android and Windows tablet devices or mobile phones and so reduce human error as well as speeding-up the process. Even though its well-established, we are looking to continually update its capabilities and functions and we recently added a camera to complement data collection,” explained Munzi Ali, Technical Director of CoreRFID.
Anderco Lifting is also planning to offer a new training service for its CheckedOk users.
The anti-collision system manufacturer AMCS Technologies recently installed its flagship product DSC60 for the construction of the 70 St Mary’s Axe project, a commercial office building in the heart of London. Fitted in three Wolffkran cranes Wolff 224B, 180B and 166B, the system is highly appreciated for its characteristics, in particular its real time and 3D functioning and its quick execution and display on screen. Indeed, the Senior Sales Manager at HTC Wolffkran Julian Dyer has been « impressed with the features » of the system, and the Lifting Operations Manager at Mace Group stated it « allowed the crane operator to work closer to the opposite crane and did not interfere with the operations of lifting ». Nicknamed « The Can of Ham », the skyscraper should be ended in December 2018 and will house 28 000 square meters of premium office space set over 21 floors, with three additional basement levels.