ONE of Vector Lifting's Western Australia clients needed a slewing jib crane which could fit in a tight area, yet still lift pumps and motors efficiently as required.
An added complication was the series of waste water pipes which were in the way and would have prevented the crane from performing to maximum use.
Vector's sales engineer, Martin Tognala, inspected the site and recommended the Vector Cathead slewing jib crane.
This model features a 1500kg SWL with a 3-metre swing plus an extra 1-metre extension; a slew angle of 180 degrees; plus hoist, trolley, and full electrics.
Prior to the installation Vector's engineering department performed a design check on the client's column (on which the crane would be braced) for loads imposed. This was found to be acceptable and the crane was installed, tested and commissioned.
"This particular crane is a one-off special," commented Tognala.
"Extendable jib cranes like this can be supplied in various capacities and swings to suit each client's requirements.
“As far as fixing is concerned, it could be braced to an existing column like this one was, or it could be freestanding.
“This installation is a great example of how an awkward situation, which normally might prevent a 'normal' jib crane from being considered, can be overcome with a bit of innovative thinking," he added.