Do you remember when times were simpler, life was easier and Jim Headley was a young crane operator?!
James Headley, founder and CEO of Crane Institute of America, LLC was in fact a crane operator beginning in 1968 for the Operating Engineers, Local 312 in Birmingham, Alabama. Before entering the training and consulting business in 1984, he operated a Manitowoc 4100W Ringer.
When it comes to inspecting hoist rope, there is an abundance of information, in print and online, to help assist an inspector with wire rope. Samson’s announcement in early March regarding the first mobile crane manufactured by Manitowoc with synthetic hoist rope might have some inspectors scratching their heads. How do you inspect synthetic hoist rope?
Although synthetic hoist rope has not been regulated by industry standards, such as ASME B30 series, there is good news. Samson has a handy Inspection & Retirement Pocket Guide. This guide shows actual size pictures of the different stages in the life of synthetic hoist rope.
With all the benefits synthetic hoist rope offers, it is only a matter of time before other manufacturer’s jump on the band-wagon. Until the time comes that industry standards create regulations, this pocket guide provides an excellent reference.
Read “Synthetic Hoist Rope the New Wire Rope” for a list of benefits.
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.
The Regional Rodeos were a new twist to the Rodeo held at ConEXPO in 2011. This time, Maximum Capacity Media, along with Crane Institute Certification, Liebherr, the Crosby Group, and Manitowoc, joined efforts and decided to have operators compete in their region before heading on to Nationals, October 27 in Davenport, Fla.
Saturday, October 13 was the final of the Regional Rodeos and it was held right here at Crane Institute Headquarters in Sanford, Fla. The rodeo kicked off with Millard Boden of Bryson Crane, as the first contestant. Boden held the first place spot all day until Mark Adcock of Crane Rental Corp. stepped up to the crane! After Adcock’s amazing skills behind the controls landed him in first place, the competition wasn’t over. James Anderson of Crane Rental Corp. showed the crowd everything he had and walked away the Southeast Regional Rodeo Winner!
That’s not all…here at the Crane Institute we like to go above and beyond! We had food, music, games and, of course, football for all to enjoy. With the season of giving coming soon, Crane Institute got a head start and donated the proceeds from the rodeo entrance fees to the Salvation Army!
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC), Kelly Tractor and Equipment, the Crane Rental Corp. and Columbus McKinnon and all the contestants; you truly made this rodeo a big success!