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and bail, so if a distributor or end user has a 0.5-ton trolley with an 8-in. flange width, they can purchase the 12-in. rod and bail kit to achieve the wider flange. Alternative, traditional-style trolleys use


a number of washers (spacers) that adjust the flange width. Napieralski said: “This cumbersome system makes setting the trolley up very difficult and sometimes dangerous, especially when you get into the larger capacity trolleys. You must have an equal number of washers, so the bail is centered on the beam. Oftentimes, washers are lost, and it makes setting the trolley up in a safe manner difficult as the bail may not be in the center.” The push beam trolley range is used in a


myriad of sectors, including the construction industry, which proved the inspiration for the glow-in-the-dark decals on the open and close directions and measurement ruler system that shows the user how wide the trolley has been adjusted to. Napieralski explained: “It is a typical


industry where maintenance jobs, for example, would require the trolley to be installed-uninstalled multiple times. We were showing the clamp to a [construction] worker in the Chicago area and he suggested the idea of glowing decals. He said that frequently when he is installing a trolley there is limited light and the feature would make for a simpler and safer install.” Another standout feature is that the


precision ball bearing trolley wheels are completely shrouded by side plates, protecting them in the event of an item being dropped onto the wheels or bearings, or the trolley “rolling away”. Distributors and users have also highlighted the product’s lightweight, robust construction and its versatility in fitting most I-, S- and W-beams. An individual test certificate and serial number comes with every item. The 0.5-ton and 1-ton capacity models


are also available in man-rated versions for personnel tie-off. y


TOS to Distribute Straightpoint in Thailand


> Straightpoint (SP), part of The Crosby Group, has named Thunder Oilfield Services (TOS) a distributor of its full range of force measurement equipment in Thailand. TOS specializes in the fabrication,


training, inspection, maintenance and repair of lifting equipment and components used in the offshore energy industry. It operates


18 MAY–JUNE 2020 WIRE ROPE EXCHANGE


throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East, with a strategic service center located in Thailand; other key sites are widespread, including facilities in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Travis Dupre, CEO at TOS, said: “We


place the highest priority on the health and safety of all stakeholders and protection of our partners’ assets and the environment. Supporting our business with technology that provides accurate information about loads at a safe distance—utilizing state-of-the-art Bluetooth and other wireless technologies— is a natural fit.” SP’s load cells join an extensive fleet of


lifting and rigging gear that is stocked across TOS’s global hubs, where they will be used in support of day-to-day activities, offered for rental and direct sale. They will work alongside a comprehensive stock of Crosby rigging hardware as the company delivers services related to offshore operations, onshore support and training. Fabrication, inspection and maintenance of cranes and other lifting equipment in the offshore energy sector will cover the majority of the workload. Thailand-based Dupre said: “The timing


of onboarding the [SP] equipment hasn’t been perfect because we’ve encountered unexpected slowdowns related to the COVID- 19 pandemic just as we were starting to gain momentum. However, that is a short-term issue; longer term, we are confident that the equipment will be integral to continued growth of the business as the offshore sector in Thailand and further afield returns to normality—and prosperity—particularly as we enter the second half of the year.” SP’s range of equipment is used in the


offshore sector across the world. Dupre pointed to the wireless load shackle (with Crosby shackle) as a standout product. The load cell is available as a long-range, 2.4Ghz version providing a wireless range of 1,000m or 3,280 ft. to SP’s SW-HHP handheld or software options, while a Bluetooth option can be connected to any smart phone running the free HHP app on iOS or Android at ranges up to 100m or 328 ft. An internal chassis provides IP67 or NEMA6 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing. However, the Radiolink plus, which boasts many of the same features, is SP’s most popular product and is expected to sit at the forefront of TOS’s offering. The range also includes the Subsea Link, a standard product for applications up to 2,000m (6,562 feet) beneath the water’s surface.


Dupre added: “We’re all about improving


reliability, increasing integrity and enhancing overall safety of our partners’ offshore crane operations. We possess expertise in all aspects of total crane management and bring a fresh and innovative approach to operations, backed by fully equipped tool containers, water weights, load cells and thousands of items of rigging gear. SP’s equipment will be a perfect fit as we return to full speed in the post-COVID era.” y


Hydra-Slide Low Profile System Skids Transformer Under Bridge and onto Foundation


> A 350-ton (310-tonne) capacity Hydra- Slide low profile skidding system was the centerpiece of a multifaceted transformer delivery and installation in Sweden recently. The LP350 skidded the 264-ton (240-


tonne) transformer under an overpass—a planned maneuver on the 25-mile (40km) route from Sundsvall to Nysäter—and then into its final position. The 37 ft. (11m) long, 12.5 ft. (3.8m) wide, 15.5 ft. (4.7m) high transformer was delivered by Jinert, a Swedish lifting and material handling company, for its customer, DSV, a global transport and logistics firm. Including the truck, the entire transportation weighed in at 360 tons (327 tonnes). Jinert purchased the LP350 after having


attended Rapid Response Solutions’ (RRS) open house event at its Portsmouth, UK facility last September. There, Hydra- Slide’s European distributor showcased and demonstrated the entire range of equipment, including the LP350. Joakim Andersson, heavy project division


at Jinert, said: “We already had an extensive fleet of equipment, but we were challenged with the sliding, lifting and transportation of


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