Crane Institute is proud to announce Vortex Simulator training during Mobile and Tower Crane Operator programs.
Simulator training is not a new concept to Crane Institute but has recently been enhanced with the Vortex VxAdvantage Simulator by CM Labs. This is the same kind of simulator used by competitors at the 2014 Crane Operator Skills Championships earlier this year at CONEXPO.
The simulator is equipped with 3 large HD screens which display mobile, crawler and tower crane simulations. Scenarios included are working near power lines, constructing buildings, and assembling tower cranes.
CM Labs takes great pride in the realistic experience their simulators bring to training. A perfect solution for operators that wish to reinforce learning, including beginner through advanced graduated exercises, performance metrics, navigation aids and certification-level scenarios. Come to an Orlando Mobile Crane Operator and Tower Crane Operator Training Program and take your hand at the joystick.
Crane Institute of America features Complete Package Train-the-Trainer program for corporate trainers
March 31, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.) — Crane Institute of America awarded prizes to five individuals during CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 4-8, 2014. Prizes included “The Complete Package,” a new train-the-trainer combination program, which allows trainers to become a Crane Institute of America certified trainer and a Crane Institute Certification (CIC) authorized practical examiner in two weeks.
Crane Institute of America congratulates the following individuals for Unlocking the Key to Safety during the show:
- Larry Hopkins, Operating Engineers Training Trust, Whittier, CA
- Jeff Smith, PAR Electrical Contractors, Kansas City, MO
- Hugh Baptiste, AFC Crane Hawaii Inc., Honolulu, HI
- Shannon Syzdek, Liebherr, Houston, TX
- Simon and Linda Dzajkich, Southwest Concrete Products, Oak Hills, CA
The Mobile Crane Complete Package covers current standards, causes of accidents, interpreting load charts, pre-op inspection, and crane setup. In addition, trainers may lease Crane Institute of America’s online training program materials. Both limited and unlimited licenses are available.
Upon completion of the CIC Authorized Practical Examiner portion of the package, trainers can conduct in-house practical exams to certify crane operators to meet or exceed OSHA requirements. CIC is a nationally accredited, OSHA-recognized certification for crane operators, riggers, and signalpersons.
About Crane Institute of America
For more than 25 years Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla., has offered training for operators, inspectors, safety managers, lift directors, and riggers and signalpersons working with aerial lifts, forklifts, boom trucks, mobile cranes, overhead cranes, and tower cranes. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site. For information, visit dev-crane-institute.pantheonsite.io.
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The Manitex M150, a fixed-cab rough terrain crane, was introduced at CONEXPO 2014 earlier this month in Las Vegas, NV. At only 11 feet tall this crane is ideal for tight spaces.
This crane features:
- 15-ton capacity
- 4 wheel drive
- multiple boom configurations
- two-door cab
- joystick controls
- full LMI and anti-two-block system
- 62 1/2 feet maximum boom length
- 85 1/2 feet maximum tip height
- 20 foot jib option
At CONEXPO 2014, earlier this month, Samson announced that the Manitowoc Grove RT 770E will be equipped with the first synthetic hoist rope for mobile cranes. Samson’s partnership with Manitowoc has allowed them to enter the crane industry to provide a product with numerous benefits.
- 80% lighter than wire rope
- Same load pull and chart with 5:1 safety factor
- No rusting
- No lubricating
- No kinking, birdcaging, or damage from winch drum
- Eliminates load spin and cabling
To prove the viability of synthetic hoist rope, Manitowoc and Samson conducted lab testing and field trials to find tensile strength and fatigue, bend fatigue, and effects from temperature. Tests were conducted at two Samson labs and two third-party labs where more than 4.6 miles of rope was manufactured and tested.
Florida crane operators placed well at the Crane Operator Skills Championship held at CONEXPO 2014 in Las Vegas. The first place winner at the Southeast Qualifier Event (held at Crane Institute headquarters near Orlando, Fla.), Thomas Cunningham of SIMS Crane Service placed third. Kenneth Bowyer of All Crane Rental of Florida, who placed second at the qualifier event, was named the Champion and went home a little richer!
Congratulations to our Florida Operators!
March 5, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nev. The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Skills Challenge has started at CONEXPO Gold Lot Booth G-2975. The Qualifier Event began March 4 and continues today in search of another finalist to compete in the Championship. The Championship will kick off at 9 am on March 6 with Tyler Mayo of BGM, Inc. Mayo placed second at the North Oxford, Mass. Qualifier hosted by Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW. The finalists from the Orlando Qualifier, hosted by Crane Institute, Florida Crane Owner’s Council and M&P Specialty Insurance, will be in attendance. Thomas Cunningham of Sims Crane & Equipment will show his skills March 6 and Kenneth Bowyer of All Crane Rental of Florida on March 7.
The Qualifier Events consisted of the barrel dunk, slalom and pipe. The Championship Events will consist of a modification of the qualifier event plus simulator and rigging challenges.
We would like to wish all of the crane operators competing ‘Good Luck.’ Winners will be announced at 4:30 pm March 7.
Crane Institute of America, located at Gold Lot – Booth 2973, will be exhibiting under the banner “Unlock the Key to Safety.” We at Crane Institute believe the most effective way to reach this goal is through a proven training experience that addresses pertinent goals and objectives. Properly trained crane operators, inspectors, riggers and signalpersons will ultimately result in fewer injuries, better morale, lower insurance premiums and much more.
Transforming an average employee to extraordinary means more than teaching the job, but how to perform well in their duties while identifying potential hazards. This one of a kind training is what you can expect from the industry leader – Crane Institute. Partner with us and ensure your employees get the quality training every employees deserves.
Stop by our booth and…
- Learn more about our Complete Package for professionals
- Discuss our training process with a Training Specialist
- Browse our Handbooks by James Headley – available for purchase online.
- Unlock a bag of FREE training and safety products worth over $3,500.*
- The Complete Package: Train-the-Trainer Mobile Crane Operator Program, CIC Practical Examiner Program, CIC Crane Operator Certification Exams.
- Crane Institute of America sheave gauge, glove clip, baseball hat, and jacket.
*All registered CONEXPO attendees are eligible. Please contact our office if you have NOT received your invitation.
As you may remember, October 13, 2012, Crane Institute of America hosted the Southeast Regional Crane Operator Rodeo. At our event the winners James Anderson (first place) and Mark Adcock (second place) won an expense paid trip to compete in the National Crane Operator Championship.
The Crane Operator Rodeos was sponsored by MCM Events, who may be best known by their magazine Crane & Rigging Hotline; Event Partner Crane Institute Certification (CIC); Crane Sponsor Liebherr; Rigging Sponsor the Crosby Group; and Award Sponsor Manitowoc. Crane & Rigging Hotline’s January 2013 issue includes a Rodeo Supplement which recaps the exciting regional qualifier events that took place from August to October, and the National Crane Operator Championship where Mark Adcock was dubbed first runner-up! To read more about the crane operator rodeos, click here.
Crane Institute of America would like to congratulate all the participants who entered the 2012 Crane Operator Rodeos. Now is the time to start “brushing up” on your operating skills to compete in the 2013 Crane Operator Rodeos, where the National Championship will be held at CONEXPO 2014! Keep checking in with us for updated information regarding the 2013 Regional Qualifier Event Rodeos.
*CIC is 1/2 the price of the leading nationally accredited certification agencies.