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continued from previous page       Yale rope, Fortis2 and LOUPS slings,   refinery modules at a major brownfield
         the industry. In addition to numerous   cables, and other products are found on   project at Saint John in New Bruns-
         networking opportunities, the Exhibit   every continent - on the deep sea bed,   wick, Canada recently.
         Center, with over 85 booths, has sold out   in outer space, and under the arctic ice.   The 100-ton capacity Radiolink plus
         each of the last 15 years. For more infor-  The  machine  includes  built-in  pro-  dynamometers were provided by Stoney
         mation go to the website: www.scranet.  grams and customization available for   Creek,  Ontario-based  Equipment
         org. Register now for best rates.  load testing including cyclic, bend over   Corps Inc., which  delivered  the load
                                            sheave and proof load testing. All tests   monitoring  solution  to Irving Equip-
         New-England-based Yale             can be done wet or dry. Beyond serving   ment, headquartered in Saint John.
         Cordage Acquires One of            to proof load Yale’s products, Yale is also   The latter also provided  the Demag
         the Largest Test Beds in           making the test bed available to compa-  CC2800  crawler crane, equipped  with
         Eastern US                         nies at large for the following services:  a superlift. The equipment combined to
           Yale Cordage announced  its acqui-  • Destructive test for wire ropes ac-  complete a key phase of the oil refinery
         sition of a Sahm Splice test bed, with   cording  to ASTM  A931, ISO  3108, or   project,  where  a  new  processing  unit
         capacity for  destructive and non-de-  EN12385-1:2002                 was being installed.
         structive testing of synthetic rope, wire   • Destructive test for fiber ropes ac-  Once  Irving had designed and fab-
         rope, shackles, chain, and slings up to   cording to CI 1500 or EN2307   ricated the customized lifting frame,
         1,300,000 pounds in tensile and a low-  • Basic Proof Load            based  on  the  refinery’s  specifications,
         range capacity of up to 250,000 pounds.   • Proof Load with Unload    it needed a method of monitoring the
         With a maximum test sample length of   • Configurable Proof Load      loads so they could be certain that the
         116 feet with a 15 foot stroke, it is one   • Elongation according to CI 1500 or   forces generated during the lift did not
         of the largest and most capable test   EN2307                         exceed the design criteria; the modules
         beds in the eastern United States.    • Cyclic testing                had  extremely  tight  deflection  toler-
           “We are very excited to bring this   • Thousand Cycle Load Level test   ances that had to be adhered to. Fur-
         added test capability to Yale for our ex-  Schedule a load testing by calling   ther,  explained  Irving’s  Ryan  Long,
         isting and future clients,” says Bill Put-  Yale Cordage at (207) 282-3396.   the height of rigging had to be kept to
         nam, President of Yale Cordage. “We’re   For more information, log onto www.  a minimum due to the weight of the
         constantly striving to take the synthet- or watch the test bed in   lifts and to avoid the need for a larger
         ic rope industry to new heights and test   action  at  crane. The frame was designed to pin
         the limits of our engineering capacity,   press-releases/yale-cordage-test-bed  directly to the hook of the Demag.
         and this test bed is just the next step in   Straightpoint Load Cells   Long added: “The module was de-
         helping us achieve that mission.”  Integral to Safe Lift of           signed by the time we were introduced
           Yale was founded in 1950 by O. Sher-                                to the  lift so  deciding  where  the  pick
         man Yale, who  early on  recognized  Refinery Modules                 points  should  be  located was  a  chal-
         the value and cost-saving potential for   A dozen wireless  Straightpoint (SP)   lenge.  We  needed  to  find  a  way  to
         synthetic fiber technology. Now, nearly   load cells were added  to a custom-  safely lift the modules, while conform-
         70  years  later,  Yale’s  products  span   built lifting frame that utilized 12 pick   ing to the pick points that were avail-
         multiple industrial  applications, and   points to raise a pair of non-identical   able, which turned out to be three rows
                                                                               of four, including a center row, which
                                                                               made traditional frames and spreader
                                                                               beams prohibitive. Both [modules] had
                                                                               identical lifting points but different
                                                                               weights and centers of gravity. Each
                                                                               pick  point was  directly above a steel
                                                                               supporting column in the module and
                                                                               the structural design limitations of
                                                                               those columns differed.”
                                                                                 Under the frame were a total of 82
                                                                               55-ton shackles, 14 Crosby 2.75” turn-
                                                                               buckles,  and four  equalizer  plates,
                                                                               in addition to the load cells. Long ex-
                                                                               plained that a turnbuckle is a piece of
                                                                               rigging gear traditionally used in ten-
                                                                               sioning  applications.  They  are  adjust-
                                                                               able in length by means of turning a
                                                                               center  body around  opposing screws.
                                                                               They are most commonly associated
                                                                               with utility pole guy-wires, he added.
                                                                                 Luke  Habza,  of  Equipment  Corps,
                                                                               added: “After taking a light pull with
                                                                               the  crane,  the  team  was  first  able  to
                                                                               determine if the load ratios were ap-
                                                                               proximately correct on each pick point.
                                                                               After adjustments were made to the
                                                                               turnbuckles  based on  the real-time
         Yale Cordage’s newly acquired Sahm Splice test bed, one of the largest test beds in Eastern US.  readout  on  the  tablet  [utilizing  SP’s

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