202312 Issue Wireropenews

Dec 2023 Issue of WRN

Dec 2023 – Wire Rope News & Sling Technology Magazine

COVER PHOTO: The sea voyage over and assembly complete for #3 STS to its working height of 175 feet. The trolley and bridge runways for the #4 and 5 cranes are still lowered at about 50 feet to accommodate ship righting and stability during the ocean trip from China to Gulport, MS. (Photograph courtesy of Dennis O’Rourke)

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202312 Wrn Issue

Featured Articles:

New Age for Earth, Global Transportation, and Lifting

Article by Dennis J. O’Rourke, CSP, Historiographer, OSHA Part 1919 Maritime Surveyor

A new era, the Anthropocene, is proposed by geologists due to the global influence of human activity! This article discusses how their effect can and should be altered from a material handling viewpoint. Never in history has humankind so moved the earth’s materials as now.

Geologists are proposing a new epoch period for Earth that started about 1954, the Anthropocene, which means in Greek, ‘new age’ (cene) and ‘anthros’ (humans.) Cute but ominous, it denotes that man’s activities dominate and influence the climate and environment so much that it’s worthy of a fresh name! (read the full article on page 8 in the magazine)

Boosting Effectiveness: Chant Engineering’s Mobile Test Bed

Article by Jeff Cron, Chant Engineering

The company’s mobile test bed eliminates the need for transporting lifting gear to external testing sites.

In the ever-evolving landscape of industrial testing and measurement, Chant Engineering, a renowned provider of innovative testing machines and solutions, continues to improve the way wire rope is tested. Their mobile test bed offers a cost-effective solution for industries that require on-site tension testing, eliminating the need for transporting lifting gear to external testing facilities. This article examines the cost-effectiveness of Chant’s mobile test bed and it’s implications for specific testing applications. (read the full article on page 16 in the magazine)

The Devil is in the Detailing

Connection Detailing is an Underrated Art Form, Especially on Cranes

Article by Richard Phillips, Mechanical Engineer, Casper, Phillips & Associates Inc. (CP&A)

Fatigue detailing is a special class of connection design in the structural crane dsign world. The author explains how proper connection detailing can extend a crane’s service life. (read the full article on page 22 in the magazine)

Construction Forecast 2024

Article by Phillip M. Perry

Next year seems to offer a slow roller coaster of challenges for the construction industry, with a grain of cautious optimism.

High interest rates and slower economic growth will put increasing pressure on construction and manufacturing in 2024. Contractors may experience disparate fortunes depending on their sector of operation. Robust housing activity, high employment, and optimistic consumers will dampen recession risk. (read the full article on page 26 in the magazine)


  • News in Our Industry
  • Denny’s Crane & Rigging Notes (by Dennis J. O’Rourke) – Hooks Still Fail: Why?
  • Inventor’s Corner (by William Fischer):
    • Elevator installation with compensating means guide
    • Cable puller for portable mast
    • Aircraft rescue hoist rope designed for continuous inspection
    • Method and apparatus for deep water deployment operations
    • Method and device for monitoring tension equalization and displacement adjustment states of steel wire ropes of multi-rope hoister
  • Products in the News
  • People in the News
  • Puzzle Page: Word Search and Crossword Puzzle
  • Classified Ads

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