Posts Tagged ‘Eurobloc VT’

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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VERLINDE hoist used for PELLOBY inverted travelling jib crane

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

PELLOBY recently installed a unique inverted travelling jib crane featuring a VERLINDE VT2 EUROBLOC wire rope hoist at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ISIS complex at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. ISIS is a world-leading materials research centre which produces beams of neutrons and muons that can delve into the complexity of matter using a suite of beamline instruments, which gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale.

A series of three adjacent overhead cranes span the width of one of the two large ISIS experimental halls onsite that allow access to the various beam defining equipment areas. However as the building´s capabilities were expanded to accommodate additional instruments, some of the new beam defining equipment areas were located in a ´cranage dead zone´ which the existing overhead cranes couldn´t reach.

Pelloby (www.pelloby.com) were asked to come up with a lifting solution to give ISIS and the various research teams at the complex, suitable craneage access to these dead zone areas – the aim being to lift beamline instrument components, shielding and other materials in and out of the restricted crane access areas.

Working closely with STFC engineers, our designers set to work and the result was an inverted travelling jib crane which can traverse the length of the building along a 53 metre gantry support rail system, while also providing continuous 360 degree access in a five metre radius thanks to a powered rotating jib arm. This innovative modified travelling jib crane can support loads of up to five tonnes thanks to a Verlinde VT2 Eurobloc hoist.

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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 Hoists Keep the Electricity Flowing

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

There are approximately 2250 hydroelectric installations of various sizes in Metropolitan France the power of which varies from 1000W to several hundred megawatts. EDF operates 436 of the stations – of the total installed capacity of 25.4gigawatts nationwide, EDF produces 20gigawatts

The River Maulde is a relatively small watercourse of 70 km long with its source in the commune of Gentioux-Pigerolles (Creuse department) and its mouth at Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat (Haut-Vienne department) where it flows into the River Vienne. EDF operates six dams on the river with a combined power output of 18megawatts. Located at Martinex, Fleix, Langleret, Villejoubert and Lartige, the six gravity dams, most of them Ambursen type dams, roughly 16m high, have buttresses spaced at intervals and are of identical design.

Each dam is made up of five sections (with the exception of Lartige) on four of which are mounted a bulb unit fitted with an asynchronous generator, while the fifth section is used when an emptying operation is necessary.

Each section equipped with a bulb unit is made up of a water intake tower, a penstock with a 90deg elbow and a butterfly type slide valve. Until now, the EDF maintenance and servicing teams used a 15t capacity hoist that they moved from one group to another and from dam to dam.

Faced with the challenge of heavy renovation works on each of the six dams’ sections, EDF put the job out to tender. José Lima co-manager of Meije, part of the Verlinde Europont network says, “The invitations for tenders put out by EDF, involved, on the one hand, the renovation of the existing monorail tracks and supports and, on the other hand, the supply of five identical and easily movable mobile monorail hoists. Our bid with Verlinde hoists won the contract because it precisely met the specification sheet conditions both in terms of price and of equipment quality.

“EDF decided to install a Verlinde Eurobloc VT standardised 2m/M5 hoist on each section of the dam being renovated, each with a lifting capacity of 15t and lifting height of 15m. This hoist enables operations on the heaviest parts of the bulb group located in the section at the base of the dam. The five sections equipped in this way enable simultaneous work on the five groups and keep production downtime to a minimum. After 12 to 16 months’ work, when renovation work is completed, the hoists can be easily dismounted using a screw plate system we have designed. They are then set up on the next dam.”

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Verlinde hoist gives flight to giant heron

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Verlinde has seemed up with fellow French firm Sere Maintenance to give flight to a giant heron carrying visitors to “the Machines de L’île,” a cultural and entertainment project in Nantes.

A heron with an 8-metre wing span carrying passengers flies over the great model of the Heron Tree set in the middle of the gallery. The public are invited to fly over the Heron Tree under its wings. The exhibit is lifted by a 5-metric ton capacity Verlinde Eurobloc VT4 drum-equipped electric wire rope hoist.

A special feature of the machine is that it is fixed to a rotating ring gear that is itself fixed under the suspended crane to perform the circular heron flights while integrating a pantograph lifting mechanism. The heron and consequently the hoist and crane are radio controlled by an operator.

Any moving object accessible to the public is subject to extremely rigorous European standards with very strict safety rules which apply to the whole kinematic chain, especially when applied to flights for the public.

While the combined weight of the machine and persons is less than 1.5 metric tons, a hoist with a 20 metric ton capacity had to be used. The Verlinde VT4, installed by Sere Maintenance, is ideal for the job because it integrates numerous safety features, including load limiter, double safety brake and overspeed detection system.

It also integrates a position-enabling slave encoder which in time will allow the Heron to be fully automated. The two reeving winches are mounted in the pantograph mechanism for visual reasons and to enhance amplitude of movement.

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Verlinde Wire Rope Hoists Handle Electrical Transformer Stations

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Port of Rouen is an important terminal for bringing goods in bulk or containers into France. The port has berths for ships of up to 150,000 metric tons with all appropriate handing equipment. After countless voyages around the world, containers eventually come to the end of their useful life. Some make their last voyage to Rouen to be sold and recycled. SNT Duriez, set up at Grand Quevilly, a short distance from the Port of Rouen, is a specialist in energy conversion and has a reputation for its production of special power transformers of up to 40 mva.

Jean-Bernard Chombard, managing director of the company, has an interest in producing and transforming electric energy. He is familiar with all aspects of the subject – rotating machinery, transformer substations, or even photo-voltaic installations – and he has been consulted by major industrial groups. SNT Duriez at Grand Quevilly installs electrical transformer stations in containers for ABB. They then become Shelters.

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The brand new 2000m² Grand Quevilly building complies with RT2020 regulations in respect of insulation and energy efficiency. Heat recovery controlled mechanical ventilation, recovery of rainwater, a forthcoming roof installation of 1200m² of photovoltaic panels to produce 100 kWc…etc. The building skin is highly insulated and the 20 cm concrete floor is laid on 8 cm of insulating material.

A stand-alone metal structure has been designed to accommodate the travel of the two suspended cranes fitted with Verlinde Eurobloc VT3 wire rope hoists. As the floor has a load limitation of 2.5 T/m², the number of supports had to be increased. The whole metal structure can be dismantled and transported.

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Verlinde making tracks

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Verlinde hoists are playing a key role in the maintenance of train components in Spain.

Local manufacturer Grupo JPG is using a range of Verlinde hoists and components to equip the CISF (Centro Integral de Sistemas Ferroviarios), which is a new 20000sqm maintenance area for the company ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias).

ADIF is a Spanish state-owned company that works under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. It is charged with the management of most of Spain’s railway infrastructure, that is the track, signaling and stations.

Verlinde cranes will be used to lift the train power and motorization equipment at the facility, which features a testing ground and a garage for final checks and maintenance of trains and is linked to the Centre of Railway Technology of ADIF.

The Verlinde technology at the Malagabased CISF centre comprises eight overhead cranes equipped with Eurobloc VT wire hoists as well as four under running single girders, two top running single girders, and two top running double girders

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Verlinde hoists to open the way for ships

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Four 15t Verlinde Eurobloc VT electric hoists are to be used to construct a ‘lifting bridge’ that will link the cities of Tigre and Vila La Ñata in Argentina.

The bridge will be lifted and lowered to allow ships to pass through it, up to 20 times a day.

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