Equipment Showcase: Construction Equipment

Successfully operating a power plant or other industrial complex depends on many things, including the vendors who supply equipment for construction of the facility, along with those who provide the materials and services needed to keep the plant humming. The power plant segment comprises a large part of the demand for construction equipment, which researchers say will be about a $210 billion market by 2020, growing about 5% year-over-year. Some of the leading manufacturers and service companies for construction equipment serving the power generation industry are featured here.

Terex Features Flexibility in Aerial Devices

Terex provides a variety of products for utilities, including the company’s Hi-Ranger Overcenter Aerial Devices. The devices can be mounted on several different chassis platforms, providing working heights from 47 feet to 65.3 feet, helping with insulator replacement or trimming of vegetation. The device’s side reach ranges from 27.1 feet to 53.2 feet, providing flexibility for a number of jobs. Terex offers the device in several configurations, some with material-handling capabilities. There also are optional articulations. Terex can provide what it calls a “green solution”—its HyPower IM is an E-PTO plug-in efficiency system. The system reduces utility truck engine idling for boom operation and cab comfort. The system manages the chassis engine for higher horsepower requirements, moving the boom with integrated battery power for incremental movements. The design optimizes the system to provide a low weight for increased payload capacity versus other products. The system is quiet and Terex says it can save up to 1,200 gallons of fuel annually. Terex Utilities, Watertown, South Dakota



United Rentals Ready to Respond to the Storm

United Rentals Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, and it also sells used equipment from a number of manufacturers. The company has more than 1,000 rental locations across 49 states and every province in Canada, which puts the company in position to serve industries nearly everywhere in North America. United Rentals offers a number of solutions for the power generation industry, including tools, pumps, aerial platforms, air quality machines, floor care products, welders, boom lifts, and more. It also offers emergency response trailers equipped with refrigerant dehumidifiers and compact air movers. The trailers are strategically placed near areas prone to disasters such as hurricanes and tropical storms, which is critical during the summer season. United Rentals can provide portable generators and heaters, also important in storm-prone regions. United Rentals, Stamford, Connecticut



Lifting Gear Hire Offers Wide Range of Products

Lifting Gear Hire recently completed its new training center at its headquarters in Bridgeview, Illinois. The training center will allow Lifting Gear Hire to further develop employee skills regarding the company’s rental stock equipment, which includes hoisting, rigging, jacking, pulling, material handling, and safety equipment. Its material handling products include pallet trucks, fixed fork pallet lifters, floor cranes, forklift booms, rack rollers, and rol-a-lifts, sometimes called “Crazy Legs” or piano movers. The company also offers roust-a-bouts, which have a manual crank ratchet winch that allows one person to lift and place loads in tight locations. Various models of roust-a-bouts are offered with lifts of up to 25 feet; some are outfitted with large swivel wheels for easy positioning of loads. Models are available that can lift 1,500 pounds, moving both vertically and horizontally. From general contractors to mechanical contractors and everyone in between, Lifting Gear Hire’s equipment rental customers are supported by local rental representatives and have access to over 20 rental equipment facilities throughout North America. Lifting Gear Hire, Bridgeview, Illinois



BrandSafway Working on Vogtle Nuclear Plant

BrandSafway provides scaffolding for a variety of applications. The Georgia company has been involved with the expansion of Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia, supporting single-source concrete formwork and shoring needs by providing job-ready Logik 60, Logik 360, Lite formwork, GASS shoring, and aluminum beams. A company subsidiary, HSG Constructors, has provided a team of on-site engineers with the ability to quickly respond to the challenges of the project. HSG Constructors is also handling off-site equipment repair, maintenance, engineering design, and detailing services to support the ongoing project demands. The company also spearheaded work on the Center for Character and Leadership Development serving the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 46,000-square-foot building serves as a nexus between the cadet and public areas of the Air Force Academy campus. BrandSafway, Kennesaw, Georgia



Putzmeister America Offers New Placing Boom System

Putzmeister America has designed a new placing boom system for concrete pumping that combines flexibility, operator convenience, and low operating costs. The new technology offers two four-section placing booms that connect to the company’s new RS 850 Pedestal column-placing system. The new MX 32/36Z and MX 35/39Z placing booms feature a lighted boom tip, local controls, the intelligent Ergonic 2.0 radio remote control, and dedicated storage space for tools and crane gear. The MX 32/36Z and MX 35/39Z, available for delivery in late 2018, have an innovative hinge design with quick disconnect system to ensure simple and fast assembly and disconnect. The advanced hinges easily detach from the truck pedestal and insert into the new RS 850 tower pedestal after the boom is flown in by the jobsite crane. Boom mounting is completed by securely fastening to the working platform with clamping screws. Putzmeister America, Sturtevant, Wisconsin



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