Archive for the ‘Verlinde News’ Category

Hoist helps Workshop to Manoeuvre Canal Gates

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Helping the Canal & River Trust to lift and manoeuvre wooden lock gates for canals is the VERLINDE EUROBLOC VT3 electric wire rope hoist. The ten tonne hoist is part of a crab unit that was selected for its ability to offer dual speeds and high levels of operator control.

Pelloby, a company which has been working as a UK distributor of VERLINDE products for several decades, designed, manufactured and implemented the double girder crane system.

The Canal & River Trust has been producing lock gates for the UK´s waterways since 1963. This investment in the 10 tonne double girder crane is designed to further enhance capability at the organisation´s Bradley Workshop in Bilston, West Midlands where around 180 lock gates are produced every year.

With over 1,500 locks on UK canals, building new lock gates is a year-round job at the Canal & River Trust. An average lock gate lasts for about 25 years. Towards the end of their working life they will get a visit from the Trust´s carpenters, who measure it up, ready to be rebuilt back at the workshop. Usually it takes a couple of carpenters two weeks to build a pair of lock gates, but for the biggest gates it can take over a month. Every single lock gate is unique and made in the traditional way using sustainable oak.

Heavy design and construction is needed so that the gate holds up to the pressure of the canal water and continual wear and tear from boats that pass through the lock. This weight means that suitable cranage capacity is required to lift and transfer lock gates between workstations.

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Foundry Crane Features Rope Hoist

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

A turntable crane system has been installed at the Hereford, UK foundry of superalloy manufacturer, Special Metals Wiggin (SMWL), which features a pair of EUROBLOC VT3 series electric wire rope hoist manufactured by VERLINDE. Sitting either side of the crab unit, the hoists support loads up to a combined total of 16 tonnes. The bespoke crane system was designed and implemented by Pelloby, which has been working as a UK distributor of VERLINDE products for several decades.

SMWL’s products, which include Inconel, Nimonic, Udimet and Monel, are engineered to offer a combination of heat resistance, corrosion resistance, strength and toughness in some of today’s industries and applications.

The company produces nickel alloys in all standard forms, from large ingots and billets to plate, sheet, tube, bar and extruded section. Naturally, some of the alloy goods are large and heavy, which means the application of a capable crane system in the foundry is a prerequisite.

SMWL regularly looks to invest in new foundry machinery and equipment in order to streamline ongoing operations, and the thinking behind this latest crane was to offer a way of quickly rotating lengthy or cumbersome goods and materials when moving them between various workstation or storage positions.

Having ordered several overhead, jib and portal cranes from PELLOBY in the past, the company was well aware of the scalable nature of the UK crane manufacturer´s design and production process. Indeed, this proved to be a big part of the reasoning behind the selection of PELLOBY for this specific project.

The system solution supplied to Special Metals incorporates a special turntable crane which utilises a 360° slewing crab unit that can traverse freely along two double-girder overhead beams. Spanning 23,470mm the crane´s girders are supported by existing gantry steelwork within the building. A handheld radio control is used to operate the longitudinal motion of the beam, the crab movement and the turntable´s rotation.

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STAGEMAKER Motors Operated by AED Studios

Monday, September 12th, 2016

AED’s audio-visual studios were recently equipped with 100 VERLINDE STAGEMAKER SR10 motors, for its ceiling grid equipment, to simplify assembly and disassembly operations for shows.

Catering the needs of international players in the audio-visual sector and the realm of live performances, the AED group achieves these both by renting out and selling standardised products embracing the techniques of sound, lighting, image projection and the lifting of stage equipment and by the letting of a complex of fully operational studios for cinema, television and event productions.

A studio complex in the heart of Belgium AED at Lint, near Antwerp, runs one of Europe´s largest audio-visual production complexes. Covering a surface area of 25,000m², the company rents out 16,000m² of studios, 4,000m² of offices and can supply any postproduction equipment or facilities required by cinema or TV teams.

The company is very attached to its industrial heritage. In the entrance hall, for the benefit of customers and visitors, are exhibited audio-visual and stage equipment tracing the history of techniques in the industry. Using museography it displays lamps, cameras, microphones, mixing desks, image projectors and for the lifting section, the display of Verlinde motors used by AED over many decades, like the first manual screw hoist (1858), the first L104 motor, the LITACHAIN LI5, the STAGEMAKER SM10 range and finally the latest generation of the STAGEMAKER SR line with the SR10.

Filip Van Vlem, AED Communication Director, declared: “Energy economy is a major concern for us and the integration of photovoltaic panels in our studios´ roof structures goes hand in hand with the use of STAGEMAKER hoist motors for ceiling grids. They replace energy consuming lifting trucks while providing flexibility, efficacy and time savings for our customers.”

Van Vlem added: “When a TV programme or film is being produced, studios equipped with these motors enable all equipment mounted on arched supports to be rapidly put in place. STAGEMAKER motors lower the beam on which lighting, microphones, cameras or video projectors used for the performance will be fixed to place them at the right height when required. Using this equipment, adjustments or modifications are fast and easy. Lastly, disassembly by the technical team after performances is very much faster resulting in improved profits for the producer.”

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Cranes and hoists to save the day after warehouse fire

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

A reconstruction process at a busy warehouse that was severely damaged by a fire has started with a selection of Verlinde Eurobloc electric wire rope hoists and Eurochain power travel electric chain hoists that have been installed in conjunction with a series of Pelloby cranes.  

The site in Fareham which is owned by Kelvion, a leading manufacturer of heat transfer products such as plate heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers, finned-tube heat exchangers, modular cooling towers, and refrigeration heat exchangers, became engulfed in a huge blaze overnight during March 2014.

As a result, a fifth of the company´s facility was rendered completely unusable. However, the factory is now up and running again thanks to large-scale rebuilding work that has included the installation of several Verlinde hoists mounted to single girder travelling cranes designed, produced and supplied by UK manufacturer, Pelloby.

In total, five overhead cranes were supplied, all spanning the factory width of 12,543mm. The three highest load capacity cranes all feature Verlinde electric wire rope hoists. Two Eurobloc VT3 models offering 10 tonne safe working load, 320mm wide flange settings and 6m lift height were joined by six Eurobloc VT2 low headroom models with 5 tonne safe working load, 320mm wide flange settings and 9m lift height.

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Crane fitted with electric wire rope hoist offers safe working load

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

An electric wire rope hoist from VERLINDE has been integrated with a new 360° power slewing jib crane. It was at Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight, UK that EUROBLOC VT2 electric wire ropes hoist was fitted. Designed, manufactured and installed by UK distributor, Pelloby, the crane/hoist offers a safe working load of five tonne.

 As a vital tool for a busy dock, the new crane provides dockside access for the various boats using the harbour on a daily basis. Thanks to its 360° rotation, seven meter height and use of a VERLINDE EUROBLOC VT electric wire rope hoist, the crane can be used for loading and unloading goods and equipment, or for lifting vessels out of the water for maintenance purposes.

A EUROBLOC VT2 04115 CRP4 hoist was specified. This short headroom trolley version offers nine metres height of lift, 8+1.3m/min hoisting speed, 3-20m/min travel speed and M5 duty classification. Deemed ideal for the 838x292x176kg universal beam, the hoist will be expected to perform with complete reliability in this exposed, salt-rich marine environment.

Verlinde at the Height of Sculpture Restoration

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Tollis, integrated in the Lebèvre group, is involved in all heritage restoration activities. It was founded in Normandy in 1944. When WW2 was over, a great deal of work had to be done after bombing had damaged numerous towns. The group was gradually structured by integrating or creating units to cater for various activities including: stone cutting, masonry, wooden structures, joinery, reinforcement of buildings, restoration of ornamental parts and sculptures. Implementing innovative techniques for each activity used side by side with more traditional techniques.

Tollis focuses on the restoration of buildings/monuments and sculptures, whether they involve works in stone, metal or bronze. For stone sculptures it is frequently necessary initially to make a mould of the original that will be used as a basis for the restoration. Guillaume Montagné, who followed a project on Nevers Cathedral points out: “For instance, on this cathedral we recently had to carry out a restoration operation of statues encircling the top of the steeple. The original sculptures were removed and taken to our workshop. On the copies we made, following the moulding operation, we carried out a restoration operation that consisted of restoring significant elements that were missing, like a finger, a hand, a beard, a sceptre, etc. Based on the copies, our sculptors were able to carve new stone sculptures that were then put in place around the steeple. The original sculptures are now conserved and are on display to the public in a gallery devoted to such works.”

A Verlinde suspended crane is at the service of sculpture Guillaume Montagné, he says, “Tollis has been based at Chevilly Larue in the Paris region for the last almost fifty years and our 900sqm workshop with a floor to ceiling height of 25m can handle the most impressive sculptures and statues. The first suspended crane was installed in 1968 for a stone cutting enterprise in the group working in these premises and it has proved its utility with assiduity until very recently.

“The time had come to look again at the installation for reasons of compliance, safety, reliability and ease of operation. Suspended crane travel now benefits from new, more economical motorisations and a Verlinde hoist with the capacity of lifting 10t loads has been installed on the double girder crane that travels on the existing metal structure. The new hoist has meant, for instance, that oil leaks and a lack of travel precision are now a thing of the past.

The Verlinde wire rope hoist installed was selected from the Eurobloc VT range. It actuates the lifting hook block by means of a 4-fall rope lead-off enabling totally centred vertical lifting. The hoist motors for vertical travel and the travel/long travel motors for horizontal movement provide variable speed offering the operator several benefits such as jolt-free travel, no oscillation, good flexibility of movement and significant precision for offloading loads.

As the sculpture workshop environment is very dusty, all components have an IP66 dust protection rating. The system incorporates various safety features: a highly efficient lifting brake, protection against overloads and travel limit switches for the hoist and suspended crane. As each lifted load has its particularities, general control of the crane is provided by a button radio-control system enabling the operator handling any sculpture to place himself in the best possible position to carry out the manoeuvre.

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10-tonne Verlinde Suspended Crane Installed in Tolli Sculpture Workshop

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A 10-tonne Verlinde suspended crane is installed in the sculpture workshop of Tollis, a company whose specialty is the restoration of heritage buildings.

Tollis, integrated in the Lebèvre group, is involved in all heritage restoration activities. It was founded in Normandy in 1944. When WW2 was over, a great deal of work had to be done after bombing had ravaged numerous towns. The group was gradually structured by integrating or creating units to cater for various activities: stone cutting, masonry, wooden structures, joinery, reinforcement of buildings, restoration of ornamental parts and sculptures, implementing innovative techniques for each activity used side by side with more traditional techniques.

Tollis focuses on the restoration of buildings / monuments and sculptures, whether they involve works in stone, metal or bronze. For stone sculptures it is frequently necessary initially to make a mould of the original that will be used as a basis for the restoration. Guillaume Montagné, who followed a project on Nevers Cathedral points out: “for instance, on this cathedral we recently had to carry out a restoration operation of statues encircling the top of the steeple. The original sculptures were removed and taken to our workshop. On the copies we made, following the moulding operation, we carried out a restoration operation that consisted of restoring significant elements that were missing, like a finger, a hand, a beard, a sceptre, etc. Based on the copies, our sculptors were able to carve new stone sculptures that were then put in place around the steeple. The original sculptures are now conserved and are on display to the public in a gallery devoted to such works.”

A Verlinde suspended crane at the service of sculpture Guillaume Montagné: “Tollis has been based at Chevilly Larue in the Paris region for the last almost fifty years and our 900 m² workshop with a floor to ceiling height of 25 m can handle the most impressive sculptures and statues. The first suspended crane was installed in 1968 for a stone cutting enterprise in the group working in these premises and it has proved its utility with assiduity until very recently. The time had come to look again at the installation for reasons of compliance, safety, reliability and ease of operation. Suspended crane travel now benefits from new, more economical motorisations and a Verlinde hoist with the capacity of lifting 10 tonne loads has been installed on the double girder crane that travels on the existing metal structure. The new hoist has meant, for instance, that oil leaks and a lack of travel precision are now a thing of the past.

The VERLINDE wire rope hoist installed was selected from the EUROBLOC VT range. It actuates the lifting hook block by means of a 4-fall rope lead-off enabling totally centred vertical lifting. The hoist motors for vertical travel and the travel / long travel motors for horizontal movement provide variable speed offering the operator several advantages like jolt-free travel, no oscillation, great flexibility of movement and significant precision for offloading loads. As the sculpture workshop environment is very dusty, all components have an IP66 dust protection rating. The system incorporates various safety features: a highly efficient lifting brake, protection against overloads and travel limit switches for the hoist and suspended crane. As each lifted load has its particularities, general control of the crane is provided by a button radio-control system enabling the operator handling any sculpture to place himself in the best possible position to carry out the manoeuvre.

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Verlinde’s workshop portal frame

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

French manufacturer, Verlinde´s VGPA workshop portal frame is made entirely of Eurosystem Alu type aluminium hollow sections. It is designed for handling loads of from 125 to 2000kg. The Verlinde Group´s range of aluminium sections designed for overhead handling systems is known as Eurosystem Alu and is notable for the lightness of its aluminium hollow sections with a rolling coefficient enabling effortless travelling trolley positioning.

The lightness of Eurosystem Alu sections enable the VGPA portal frame to be installed and handled by one person. Its weight is now half that of equivalent conventional steel structures. The lightness of the rails also offers the user easy, relatively effortless manipulation even with heavy, unwieldy loads.

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Cranes and hoists to save the day after warehouse fire

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

A reconstruction process at a busy warehouse that was severely damaged by a fire has started with a selection of Verlinde Eurobloc electric wire rope hoists and Eurochain power travel electric chain hoists that have been installed in conjunction with a series of Pelloby cranes.  

The site in Fareham which is owned by Kelvion, a leading manufacturer of heat transfer products such as plate heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers, finned-tube heat exchangers, modular cooling towers, and refrigeration heat exchangers, became engulfed in a huge blaze overnight during March 2014.

As a result, a fifth of the company´s facility was rendered completely unusable. However, the factory is now up and running again thanks to large-scale rebuilding work that has included the installation of several Verlinde hoists mounted to single girder travelling cranes designed, produced and supplied by UK manufacturer, Pelloby.

In total, five overhead cranes were supplied, all spanning the factory width of 12,543mm. The three highest load capacity cranes all feature Verlinde electric wire rope hoists. Two Eurobloc VT3 models offering 10 tonne safe working load, 320mm wide flange settings and 6m lift height were joined by six Eurobloc VT2 low headroom models with 5 tonne safe working load, 320mm wide flange settings and 9m lift height.

The two lighter duty Pelloby cranes feature two Verlinde Eurochain VR12 power travel electric chain hoists with 1 tonne safe working load, 5.5m lift height and a trolley to suit a 356x171mmx67kg UB (Universal Beam). Also supplied for use on the lighter duty cranes were six Verlinde Eurochain VR5 power travel electric chain hoists with 500kg safe working load, 5.5m lift height and a trolley to suit a 305x165mmx46kg UB.

Chain hoist targets less experienced operators

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

VARIO is the inverter version of VERLINDE’s EUROCHAIN VR electric chain hoist. Designed for handling loads of 100 to 2500kg, operator productivity is enhanced, life span increased and operating flexibility is improved.

The VVF drive has no lifting movement thresholds, which enables accurate positioning of loads and greater operating flexibility. Depending on the value of the load, the type of movement and their own experience, the operator can choose the travel speed most appropriate to the operation. Lifting operations are safer and more accurate. With its minimum speed of approximately 0.25m/m, VARIO enables less experienced operators to manipulate loads with no risk of damage. Continuous control of speed also provides greater productivity. This feature now allows lift speed and motor torque to be dissociated: speed, for the reduction of cycle time to enhance hoist station productivity when running empty, and motor torque, for lifting under load to ensure precision travel with a maximum power margin.

The VARIO inverter system called ESR provides a maximum speed 1.5 times greater than the standard speed, and the integrated customised version of the deceleration ramp enables a lifting speed twice as fast as normal with light loads. Full speed can be used to a maximum of 40% of the rated load, the maximum motor speed remaining at 3000rpm. At 20% of the load, the rated speed is the equivalent of 150% of the listed speed. With nominal load, the rated speed is the equivalent of the listed speed.

With VARIO the life span of equipment is increased. Continuous speed control reduces mechanical shock by means of gradual starts and smoother halts. The reduction in the number and level of shocks to which the crane components or structure are subjected increases the life span of the frame. Continuous speed control, furthermore, enables the use of the electric brake during deceleration before application of the mechanical brake. Electrical braking reduces brake wear because the mechanical brake is only used when stationery.

VARIO has all the advantages of EUROCHAIN VR electric chain hoists..

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