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         continued from previous page       RRS,  said:  “We  used  the  HT300 be-  fore RRS got to site.
         application speak for itself or perhaps   cause  the  ground  conditions  between   For more information about RRS vis-
         involve personnel in a selfie-style sub-  the road and the final landing position   it their website at www.rapidrs.co.uk.
         mission. A landing page will be setup   15m away was not all concrete;  some
         so the community can upload their cre-  areas were just loose stone and weren’t  CM Labs Delivering New
         ative images to our judging panel.”  load bearing.  Uneven  ground  meant  Edition of Groundbreaking
                                            there was a 450mm  height difference   Training Simulators to
         RRS Uses Hydra-Slide Fleet         from unloading position to landing   Manitowoc
         to Install Transformer             spot. [Using the HT300] we were able   CM Labs announced that they are de-
           Portsmouth, UK-based lifting, trans-  to set the support stands out every 3m   veloping the second in a series of ground-
         port  and storage  specialist  Rapid Re-  to level the track in both directions.   breaking  simulators  showcasing  the  in-
         sponse Solutions (RRS) overcame a se-  The HT300 is designed to work without   tuitive Crane Control System (CCS) from
         ries of challenges to install a 45,000kg   the tracks being fully supported, allow-  Manitowoc Cranes, leading global manu-
         transformer at East Cowes Power Sta-  ing it to bridge gaps.”         facturer of cranes and lifting solutions.
         tion on the Isle of Wight recently.  Barber explained that an added ben-  CM Labs’ CCS-driven Vortex® simu-
           RRS  accepted  a  scope  of  work  from   efit  of  having  a  range  of  Hydra-Slide   lators provide operator training  and
         transport  and  logistics  company  CTS   equipment is that RRS can use one   drive adoption of Manitowoc cranes by
         SpA to unload and skid the transformer   power pack for jacking, skidding, and   providing  crane  operators  with  direct
         into position upon its arrival from Italy,   final alignment. An integrated propane   experience of the benefits and capabili-
         where Tironi had manufactured the 6m   engine powered the 23-2-4P; although   ties of CCS equipped cranes.
         by 2.4m by 4m unit. Two standout prob-  the site was a power station there were   Manitowoc’s CCS operating platform
                                            no three-phase supplies for the electric   provides  a  common  human-machine
                                            power pack. A crane was considered for   interface across multiple crane product
                                            this  project  but  due  to limited space   lines. Each CCS unit features the same
                                            onsite and the aforementioned ground   control layout, with standardized sym-
                                            sloping,  hydraulic  skidding  was  the   bols, and is made up of several common
                                            preferred option.  Additionally, there   components (crane controller, safety
                                            isn’t a crane big enough based on the   controller,  small  IO  (input/output),
                                            Isle of Wight so the cost of shipping   large IO, joysticks, jog-dial and display).
                                            would have been prohibitive.         Manitowoc  engaged CM Labs to in-
                                              Barber said: “This was the second   tegrate the new control technology into
                                            transformer we have installed on this   simulators,  with  the  goal  of  allowing
                                            site in the past year. We won the work   dealers and customers  to experience
                                            off  the  back  of  previous  successful   and train  with  the  CCS on  a  true-to-
                                            transformer installations across the   life worksite. “Our design starts with a
                                            UK.  The  Hydra-Slide  fleet  has  given   relationship with the machine, so that
                                            us the ability to carry out tasks like   the user interface feels very close to
                                            this  in  a  safe,  efficient  manner.  Our   the real thing. This was important for
                                            customers are working on sensitive   Manitowoc in order for the end product
                                            sites where safety is the highest prior-  to both look and act like their brand,”
                                            ity, and having us turn up with fully-  said  Drew  Carruthers,  Product  Line
                                            engineered, CE-marked equipment
                                            with operating manuals, rather than
                                            homemade or makeshift solutions,
                                            makes approving method statements
                                            and risk  assessments  much easier.
                                            Cost always plays a part in winning
         RRS Uses Hydra-Slide  Fleet  to  Install Trans-  work; the synchronised skidding sys-
         former. Uneven ground meant there was a
         450mm height difference from unloading   tem allows us to use a smaller team as
         position to landing spot.          we don’t need to employ winches and
                                            other components.”
         lems were the live substation environ-  The total track length was 18m and
         ment, which had several areas that could   at its highest point, over the final land-
         not be shutdown, and uneven terrain as   ing  position,  it  was  over  1m off  the
         a road sloped away in two directions.  ground.  RRS had to raise the trans-
           RRS selected its latest 270t capacity   former with four jacks,  remove the
         HT300 hydraulic skidding system with   track, and then lower the transformer
         new  push  /  pull  rams  and  skid  shoes,   down  to the ground.  As 15m needed
         powered by a four-port synchronous pow-  to be covered and it wasn’t possible to
         er pack, while 100t support stalls, Ekki   get directly in line with the lorry, the
         timber  blocks,  and  AS500  alignment   alignment  shoes,  used  for  final  place-
         shoes completed the Hydra-Slide lineup   ment of heavy loads, moved the trans-
         onsite. RRS continues  to represent the   former sideways into its eventual posi-
         Canadian manufacturer in the UK and   tion once off the skidding system.
         Europe as its international partner.  The  disposal contractor  had taken   CM Labs’ Crane Control System (CCS) from
           Paul Barber, Managing Director at   the old transformer away in pieces be-   Manitowoc Cranes

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