Construction equipment is a critical part of the power generation industry, as new facilities are built and older facilities are upgraded to enhance efficiency and comply with evolving regulations. The successful operation of a power plant or other industrial facility depends on the timely organization and completion of construction projects, including choosing the best vendors to supply materials and services needed to keep the plant humming. Plant operators are mindful of securing the proper equipment to ensure construction projects move quickly and efficiently, and are cost-effective. Some of the leading manufacturers and service companies for construction equipment serving the power generation industry are featured here.

Harrington Supplies Variety of Hoists

1. Harrington Hoists’ RY Series electric wire rope hoists are designed for safety, reliability, and performance. These ultra-low headroom trolley hoists have an H4 duty rating for high-demand applications. Courtesy: Harrington Hoists

Harrington Hoists, a leading manufacturer of electric and air-powered chain hoists, electric wire rope hoists, lever hoists, manual hand chain hoists, push and geared trolleys, overhead cranes, crane accessories, below-the-hook devices, and material handling equipment, has introduced its RY Series electric wire rope hoists (Figure 1). Designed for safety, reliability, and performance, these ultra-low headroom trolley hoists have an H4 duty rating for high-demand applications and standard configurations are certified and listed to UL 1340 “Standard for Hoists” and CSA 22.2 No. 33. These hoists come standard with dual-speed variable frequency drive (VFD) control on both hoist and trolley for optimum speed adjustability. Also standard is a no-load, high-speed function that allows hoist operation at 1.5 times the standard high speed with a load less than 25% of rated capacity. Additional features include premium IWRC (independent wire rope core) wire rope, a full 360-degree rope guide, a high-performance pull-rotor motor brake with a five-year warranty, and an externally adjustable upper/lower limit switch to easily set the desired range of operation. They are available in three- and five-ton capacities in voltages of (208-230)-3-50/60 or (415-460)-3-50/60. Harrington Hoists, Manheim, Pennsylvania

NAES Optimizes Performance of Power Plants

2. NAES is a services company dedicated to optimizing the performance of energy facilities. The company’s projects include the Deerhaven Renewable biomass plant in Gainesville, Florida. Courtesy: NAES

NAES is an independent services company dedicated to optimizing the performance of energy facilities across the power generation (Figure 2), oil and gas, and petrochemical industries. The company applies its deep experience in operations, maintenance, construction, engineering, and technical support to build, operate, and maintain plants that run safely, reliably, and cost-effectively. Optimizing the performance of a power-generating facility requires a conscientious application of technical expertise combined with business acumen. NAES focuses on the fundamentals—safety, reliability, compliance, and cost—and strives to operate a power plant the way it was designed and intended to be operated. Power generators face increasing technical and commercial risk, so plants need an operator that brings both performance know-how and financial insight. NAES hires motivated people, trains and qualifies them, implements effective processes, drives high performance, and seeks continuous improvement. NAES, Issaquah, Washington

Doosan Group Supplying Cranes to South Korean Port

3. Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) is supplying 12 transfer cranes to Busan New Port’s West Pier construction project. Courtesy: DHIC

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) recently announced it had signed an agreement with Busan Port Authority (BPA) in South Korea to supply 12 transfer cranes (Figure 3) to Busan New Port’s West Pier by March 2022 for its Phase 2-5 installation. A transfer crane is used to load and transfer containers in a terminal yard via remote unmanned operations. Opened in 2006, Busan New Port currently operates more than 230 transfer cranes, most of which are Chinese imports, except for 49 units that DHIC had supplied for Phase 1-1 back in 2006. “This agreement means that Busan New Port will have its first batch of domestically manufactured cranes in 15 years. We will cooperate with our partners in order to continue supplying high-quality cranes that deliver outstanding performance,” said Hongook Park, head of DHIC’s Power Service business group. Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Changwon, South Korea

Manafort Brothers Offers Construction and Demolition Services

4. Manafort Brothers has executed several construction and demolition services. Its work includes supporting the decommissioning of the Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Haddam Neck, Connecticut. Courtesy: Manafort Brothers

Manafort Brothers Inc. is a construction and demolition services firm that performs specialty construction and demolition services as well as general contracting services at sites primarily in the northeastern U.S., but also at selective projects nationwide. Manafort is a 4th-generation, family-owned firm. The company has an extensive fleet of equipment and a large, highly skilled, diversified craft workforce backed by an experienced management and estimating team that supports the ability to consistently and successfully estimate, plan, and execute projects. The company has evolved from a local demolition services company to a diverse, regional contractor with expertise in the concrete, civil and utility, demolition, abatement and remediation, highways and bridges, nuclear decommissioning (Figure 4), rail, and mass transit market sectors. Manafort has earned a reputation for outstanding specialty, general, and design-build contracting abilities, expertise, service, commitment, and timely completion of projects. The company maintains longstanding partnerships with its clients, engineering firms, suppliers, consultants, and subcontractors, and is known for its experience, creativity, and reliability. Manafort Brothers, Plainville, Connecticut

Master Link Product Designed for Heavy-Duty Applications

5. Master links are used in the manufacturing of one- and two-leg slings, while master link assemblies are used in the manufacturing of three- and four-leg slings. Green Pin supplies a range of master links and master link assemblies. Courtesy: Van Beest BV

The Green Pin heavy-duty master link (Figure 5) is a grade 8 master link for heavy-duty applications. By using a unique innovative production method, the master links are fully forged as a single piece, without any welding whatsoever. As a result, the master links meet the most stringent safety and performance requirements, and will keep working reliably in even the harshest environments. The master links are painted silver with a green mark indicating a maximum lifting angle of 120 degrees, making it easy for riggers to spot potentially unsafe operations. The exceptionally smooth surface reduces wear on counter components such as slings and shackles. To rule out cracks, each master link is submitted to several non-destructive tests before shipping. The consistent Charpy-V value of at least 42 joule throughout the entire master link makes it compliant with offshore certification requirements. All products are available from stock and ready for fast delivery. The master links are available in a range of options with working load limits as high as 400 tons. Van Beest Group, Sliedrecht, The Netherlands

Talbert Introduces Trailer to Move Machinery

6. The 35FG-BVTL is a fixed-neck, drop-deck trailer designed for use by small- to mid-size equipment machinery movers. Courtesy: Talbert Manufacturing

Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, has introduced the 35FG-BVTL (Figure 6)—a fixed-neck, drop-deck trailer for small- to mid-size equipment machinery movers. The 35-ton trailer is rated at 70,000 pounds concentrated in 20 feet and features hydraulic ramps for safe, efficient loading and unloading in limited spaces. The 35FG-BVTL is part of Talbert’s Double Drop Series. The overall length of the 35FG-BVTL is 48 feet, which includes a 22-foot-long deck that is 8 feet 6 inches wide, and an 8-foot 6-inch rear bridge section. The trailer’s fixed neck provides an economic alternative compared to removable gooseneck designs for operators that do not require a front unload option. Talbert designed the 35FG-BVTL with an 84-inch swing radius and 18-inch kingpin setting for increased maneuverability and versatility. The gooseneck features two-speed landing gear with standard sand shoes. The 36-inch sloping beavertail features a 14.98-degree load angle coupled with full-width plate with traction bars outside the main beams for optimal rear loading. Hydraulic ramps also allow for increased safety during loading by removing the need to manually lower or raise the equipment. Talbert Manufacturing, Rensselaer, Indiana

HEMCO Corp. Engineers EnviroMax Enclosures

7. EnviroMax enclosures are engineered to isolate robotic and lab automation processes and equipment while maintaining a safe working area. Courtesy: HEMCO Corp.

EnviroMax enclosures are specifically engineered to isolate robotic and lab automation processes and equipment while maintaining a safe working area. These enclosures (Figure 7) provide either exhaust air systems or clean workstation environments. They are designed to isolate liquid-handling workstations, HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography) equipment sample weighing, high-throughput screening, powder handling, and other lab automation processes. The enclosures are engineered and built to exact customer size and design requirements. Systems can be engineered to maintain vented exhaust air, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered supply air, or bio-containment enclosures. Sliding door accessibility can be from any or all of the four sides. A variety of accessories including support tables, work surfaces, lighting, electrical, plumbing, and glove ports are available. HEMCO Corp., Independence, Missouri

Hitachi Group Specializes in Installation of Major Equipment in Thermal Stations

8. Hitachi Plant Construction develops construction and installation methods for major equipment in thermal power plants, specifically boilers, turbines, and generators. Courtesy: Hitachi Plant Construction

Hitachi Plant Construction develops new and unique construction methods for the installation of major equipment (Figure 8) in thermal power stations, namely boilers, turbines, and generators. The company’s customers are electrical power companies (commercial thermal power stations), wholesale power producers, independent power producers (IPPs), designated scale power producers (PPS), private companies (industrial facilities), and other thermal electrical plants, government agencies, and more. The company’s scope of work includes construction (design, manufacturing, and installation) and preventive maintenance (modification construction, update construction, and maintenance). Starting in the planning stage, Hitachi modularizes the parts to be installed with the objectives of shortening the construction period, ensuring safety and quality, and improving work efficiency. The company also has developed equipment for transporting modules and other large components to their installation locations. Hitachi Plant Construction, Tokyo, Japan