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Choosing The Best Truck-Mounted Air Compressor For Your Needs

Posted by on Feb 2nd, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing The Best Truck-Mounted Air Compressor For Your Needs

If you have just started to work in heavy construction, then you may have recently realized that you need an air compressor to complete jobs as efficiently as possible. If you are looking at an air compressor as an investment, then you may decide on a truck-mounted air compressor model. This is a good pick for a commercial contractor. If you are unsure about all the choices available to you, then keep reading so you can learn about some of the options that need to be considered.  Power And Engine Type Truck-mounted air compressor systems require energy to run, just like any other piece of machinery. Unlike traditional air compressors, like the portable varieties, the placement of the device on your truck gives you several drive options that a portable device does not have. Specifically, you have the option of choosing a hydraulic driven compressor. These devices use hydraulic cylinders, pressurized hydraulic fluid, and a fluid pump to create torque and power. If you have a crane, boom, or a hydraulic powered towing or bed lifting system already installed on your truck, then a hydraulic compressor can be tied into the hydraulics already on the truck. Keep in mind that your fuel will still need to be burned by your truck when you use the air compressor, similar to the way your truck runs when using other hydraulic components. The other compressor option is a an engine driven model. There are compressors that can be driven off the engine of your truck, but these compressors have extremely small tanks and are typically used only to fill the vehicle tires. Most truck-mounted air compressors use gasoline to power the engine. A small reservoir sits on the compressor itself and must be kept full to run the device.  Engine driven air compressors are often more expensive than hydraulic devices. If you do not currently have a hydraulic system in your truck and you want one, then now is the time to consider it. Otherwise, a gas-powered device is the best option. Operation Type Once you decide on the best power or engine type, you need to think about the operation of the air compressor. There are two common varieties. These include reciprocating and rotary screw. Reciprocating air compressors are the ones you are likely familiar with if you have a smaller compressor in your workshop. These models are relatively inexpensive and are reliable if you want to run pneumatic tools for a short period of time or if you need to fill the tires on your machinery. The compressor is basically a good option if you need to complete basic maintenance functions. If you need to occasionally use the compressor for several hours at a time, then you can use a reciprocating device for this purpose. However, the compressor will turn off when the piston of the device needs to compress air and fill the tank. If you have more extensive needs or if you need to run the compressor for several hours each day, then a rotary screw device is best. These devices produce and discharge compressed air simultaneously, so there is no need to wait for the device to fill up. However, these compressors must warm up for some time before they can be used. The unit needs to work at a high...

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Can Your New Factory In The Northern U.S. Support An Under-Hung Crane And Snow?

Posted by on Jun 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can Your New Factory In The Northern U.S. Support An Under-Hung Crane And Snow?

For most manufacturing companies, under-running, or under-hung, cranes, have many advantages over top-running ones. They require a ceiling that can support the weight of the crane and its load, though. For businesses in the Northern United States, where snow has collapsed buildings, the roof must be especially strong. If you own a manufacturing company and are building a new plan in the Northern U.S., work closely with an overhead crane manufacturer to make sure your factory’s ceiling will be able to support an under-hung crane — even in winter. The Advantages of Under-Running Cranes There are two types of overhead cranes: under-running and top-running. Under-hung cranes run below a single bar that is affixed to the ceiling. Top-running models go along two beams that have their own supports, allowing them to hoist much heavier loads. Under-hung cranes typically carry 10 tons or less, while top-running ones might lift as much as 160 tons. Aside from their lighter maximum capacity, under-hung cranes have several advantages. They: don’t require additional support columns that take up floor space weigh less than top-running cranes can be installed side-by-side in wide manufacturing bays work with interlocking tracks, which can be configured to carry loads anywhere in your building Assuming you don’t need a crane to lift loads over 10 tons, the advantages of under-running overhead cranes will translate into savings, both when you build your factory and as long as you operate it. First, since they weigh less than top-running models and don’t require additional supports, you’ll be able to save on the upfront costs of installing the crane. Second, if you strategically plan out the track, the crane, like one from Wazee Crane, will be able to take loads anywhere in your factory. Your employees won’t need to transfer loads between cranes, which takes time. Your factory will run more efficiently, and you’ll be able to save on labor costs. The Requirements of Under-Hung Cranes Because under-running cranes have a single beam that’s supported by the ceiling, they can only be installed in buildings that have a roof strong enough to hold the crane and its load. This is a consideration that everyone must take into account when building a new factory, but it’s an especially important if you’re constructing a manufacturing plant in a northern state that gets a lot of snow. Heavy snowfall in the winter can accumulate on flat roofs, which factories usually have, and collapse them. Not only will your plant’s roof need to be able to support the under-running crane and its load, which combined could weigh a little over 10 tons, but it also needs to support the maximum expected snowfall. If you don’t take into account the added weight of snow in the winter, your plant might be fine in summer, but the roof could collapse in winter. To see just how much additional weight your roof may need to support, consider these figures from Joel Curtis of the National Weather Service. His calculations show that 1 foot of snow can produce 62.4 pounds per square foot of weight. If your plant is a 10,000 square foot facility, its roof would need to support an additional 312 tons of weight, in addition to your crane, in a storm that dropped 1 foot of snow. In total, the...

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Fascinating Facts About Cranes You Might Not Know

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fascinating Facts About Cranes You Might Not Know

Admittedly, cranes aren’t the most interesting topic you could choose to talk about at your next dinner party. The giraffes of the construction and manufacturing industry may have a reputation for blandness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some interesting trivia associated with them. Here are some truly fascinating facts about cranes that you might not know, so you can impress at your next exciting social function. Getting Cranes To The Top Of Buildings Have you ever seen a giant crane on top of a skyscraper and wondered how on earth it got up there? There are actually three ways that cranes typically make it to the top of these tall buildings. Fly in by helicopter– Just like a hero in an action movie, some cranes can be air-lifted in pieces from the ground and delivered right onto the top of the building, where they are reassembled. This requires a sturdy helicopter and a steady hand, and it isn’t done often, because of the danger falling crane pieces pose to the public. However, it is arguably one cool way to get a crane to the top of a building. Builds itself up from inside the building– This method involves placing the crane in the center of the building where it builds the skyscraper around itself, moving up with every new floor that is built.  Builds itself up along the outside of the building- This method is one of the most common, and it’s fascinating to watch. The crane, which is attached to the side of the building for stability, extends upward, adding crane segments to itself to allow it to extend further upward. Granted, this method doesn’t actually put the crane on the top of the building, but it allows it to reach the top to complete construction.  Cranes Are Really Old Cranes are crucial to the success of many construction projects. Without them, lifting heavy loads would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. You can thank the ancient Greeks for making construction jobs easier, since they invented the first cranes somewhere around the end of the sixth century BCE. Ancient Romans also used cranes, and the devices were crucial for developing the infrastructure of cities during the Middle Ages.  The World’s Tallest Crane (So Far) As of 2015, the tallest crane in the world is the one being used to build Kingdom Tower, in Saudi Arabia. The crane, built by a German company, can reach over 1km (the final height of the Kingdom Tower) and can lift a whopping 18 tonnes at 44 metres per minute. Tall, strong and efficient, the crane will help make building the enormous tower much easier because power and a design that will help it resist the strong Saudi Arabian winds that plague builders in that country. Why A Crane Is Called A Crane The magnificent construction crane got its name not from the fact that you have to “crane” your neck to see where it ends, but from the humble bird of the same name. If you look at the shape and build of a construction crane, you’ll notice a slight resemblance to the feathered creature with a long neck and tall stature. Of course, mechanical cranes can’t fly, unless you count the ones that are flown in by helicopter, of course. Not All Cranes Look Like...

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