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Port-O-Giant Crane Serves Aerospace Industry

A customer in the aircraft manufacturing business was looking for a safe way to replace helicopter blades that could weight up to 750 lbs. These blades needed to be lifted upwards of 20 feet high in the air. This was a great application for our Self-Propelled Port-O-Giant with the goose-neck boom attachment and hydraulic powered winch. This unit comes self-contained with all powered options for telescopic boom, powered boom lift, hydraulic winch, and powered mast rotation. The unit runs on 24V DC battery power and has a built-in on-board battery charger. This unit worked perfectly and was able to straddle the helicopter and with the goose-neck boom, safely lift up and over any obstruction. This unit is very versatile in the aeronautical industry as it has been used for multiple applications such as servicing engines and or turbines to removing seats from aircraft.

This unit was featured in one of our latest press releases at https://www.airtechnical.com/product/port-o-giant-hydraulic-floor-crane/

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Save Overhead Crane Time with ATI Floor Cranes

The Super-Master Floor Crane as an alternative to an overhead bridge crane. Many manufacturing facilities are built with high capacity overhead bridge cranes installed that help make the facility run efficiently. Often production is hindered by the overhead crane being used to perform light duty tasks that require the use of lift equipment.

A manufacturer of electrical enclosures for the aviation industry has found that utilizing floor cranes for light duty tasks freeing up the overhead crane for large heavy hoisting operations improves efficiency. A floor crane does not require the same amount of personnel as an overhead crane for safe hoisting operations. The Super-Master floor crane is especially useful due to its unique ability to rotate the mast allowing it to pick and place without having to be repositioned. The Super-Master floor crane can be safely and easily used by one technician.

Super-Master Mobile Hydraulic Floor Crane

Super Master Mobile Floor Crane

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Modified Trunnion Liner Removal Tool

Trunnion liners are necessary to prevent wear on mills, a failure of a trunnion liner can cause serious repairs on the mill. Significant wear can take place due to the constant rotation of the mill and the constant flow of material. The trunnion liners were being removed by use of a forklift with a chain wrapped around the forks, a couple two by fours, and a lot of effort. These trunnion liners need to be changed regularly to prevent significant wear to the mill. Maintenance workers in South Dakota, after an accident related to changing the liners, refused to change out the liners due to not having a safe way to change the liners.

In order to properly maintain the mill equipment and protect the workers from injury, Air Technical industries was approached for a solution. The Reversible Boom Crane with a modified boom was selected as the proper solution to this problem that needed to be solved immediately. The RBC can easily lift the liner and the telescoping action of the boom and the self propelled drive can be used to insert the trunnion liner into the trunnion. To remove a trunnion, the RBC can be similarly utilized. This solution will save time, save money, improve efficiency, improve safety, and prevent damage to milling equipment.

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Knuckle Boom Serves Energy Transmission and Distribution

A customer that is a supplier of electrical power was looking for a way to safely handle transformers in the field when they needed repaired or replaced. The transformers could weigh upwards of 1,500 lbs and were in areas where a substantial amount of lift and/or reach was needed to pick them. This was an ideal challenge for our Reversible Boom Crane with knuckle boom. This crane provided them with optimal lift height and reach in front of the wheels. This unencumbered reach beyond the wheels is the most popular feature of the Reversible Boom Crane (RBC). It is also designed such that the boom capacity is not dependent on the angle of the boom greatly improving safety and usefulness. Most mobile cranes have little to no capacity in the horizontal position and this is a common cause of crane accidents. They were able to put this crane on a trailer and take it to wherever the job site is located.

You can see this model at https://www.airtechnical.com/product/reversible-boom-crane/

Reversible Boom Knuckle Krane

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Port-O-Giant Crane Solves Aircraft Maintenance Issues

A customer in the aeronautical industry was looking for a way to change out their helicopter blades. They were roughly 18′ of the ground and weighed in upwards of 750 lbs. each. This was a great solution for our Self-Propelled Port-O-Giant floor crane with a goose-neck boom. This solution worked great as they were able to straddle the helicopter and get the boom positioned very easily. They had a far distance to travel into the aircraft hanger so the self propulsion was necessary so the operator didn’t have to push the crane a far distance. The crane was equipped with both a goose-neck boom and winch which enabled them to reach up and over the helicopter blades making it an easy pick and place with little human effort required. The crane also came with powered mast rotation allowing them to position the boom to the left or right helicopter if the crane wasn’t aligned properly.

Port-O-Giant Hydraulic Floor Crane

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Adjustable Leg Models Customized to Fit

A customer approached Air Technical Industries with a challenge, they have two shipboard spaces that a crane is needed to be used in. The crane will need to be able to traverse a passageway that is only 30” wide. Due to the shipboard application a heavy duty crane with a 6000 pound capacity is required. The solution is an Adjustable leg Super-Master-6000 with a modified base. This crane will have a modified base in order to fit in the 30” passageway, adjustable legs so that the load can be centered between them, and it will have a manual hand pump for the lift.

Super-Master Mobile Hydraulic Floor Crane

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Port-O-Giant Gets Galvanized

Air Technical will go the extra mile to satisfy a customers needs with
regards to the finished coating we put on a product. Our standard finish
is Industrial enamel paint. Non standard finishes include epoxy paint,
Marine grade paint and Steel-It® paint. These applications are requested
when one of our products is exposed to wet or damp conditions. The
product may be used outdoors or simply subject to being washed down on a
regular basis depending what application it is serving. One finish that
lends it self very well to outdoor applications is ” HOT DIP
GALVANIZING”. This is the best and most durable way to water proof a
product. AIR TECHNICAL’S most recent “Hot Dipped Galvanizing”  projects
is that of our  Self Propelled 24 volt battery powered Port-O-Giant
Mobile Hydraulic Floor Crane. A large manufacturer of commercial
airliners came to us and needed a crane that was portable, self contained
and would reach height of 26 feet to hang fuselage panels during the
manufacturing process of new Jet Airliners. This customer stores the
unit in an a storage shed away from the manufacturing area and they
wanted the crane to be protected from the elements when going to and
from the shed to the manufacturing area as well as while sitting in the
storage shed which retains moisture.
Let AIR TECHNICAL INDUSTRIES quote your next application that
requires special finishing such as Hot Dipped Galvanizing.

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Crane for Rooftop Maintenance

A customer approached ATI with the need for a crane that can be disassembled carried up to a roof and then reassembled in order to remove cooling units that are mounted on a surface 10 feet above the rooftop level. These units weigh about four hundred pounds, and have been removed and replaced by maintenance personnel using a series of scaffolding and lots of effort. This method has resulted in lost work days due to injuries to hands, shoulders, and backs.

The solution is the manual PG-6000 with a gooseneck boom attachment. This crane can be easily disassembled and transported to the roof and then reassembled. The gooseneck attachment height is 17 feet easily allowing the Port-O-Giant mobile hydraulic floor crane access to the mounted cooling units. This solution allows for safe and efficient removal and replacement of the rooftop units.

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Heavy Duty Knuckle Boom eliminates rigging expense

A customer in a leading polyester sheet company had a challenge to reach 12 feet into a press and move a 4000 pound die. This feat has been being accomplished on a weekly basis by a rigging company at a high expense to the customer. Air Technical Industries was approached to find a solution. The Reversible Boom Knuckle Crane was the optimal solution. This model has a lifting capacity of 20,000 pounds and has many standard options such as hydraulic winch for lifting and lowering using a cable, hydraulic rotation to be able to line up the hook without having to move the RBC, and telescopic boom that will operate whether the crane is loaded or not. The RBKK-20000 will help this customer save money increasing profits.

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International Space Station Unites Nations

Mentor, Ohio October 11, 1996 – Hands of many different colors and creeds have clasped together to develop the first ever international space station. The cooperative effort has teamed Russia, Japan, Canada, Europe and the United States together to develop living quarters for year-round stay in space, equipped with everything from high tech scientific tools for space study to workout equipment for leisure activity.

RBC for International Space Station

At one and a half football fields in length, it will be the largest manned object ever sent into space. In fact, because of its enormous size, component modules (each the size of a typical school bus) must be pre-fabricated and spun into orbit individually. As each new component arrives in space, it is linked with the existing components.

It goes without saying that the scope of this project is immense. Within the United States alone, over 550 companies have been contributors in the U.S. National effort and include the lead contractor, Boeing, as well as McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell and Lockheed. These contractors have in turn, solicited and relied upon the contributions of manufacturers to brainstorm and design solutions for the intricate challenges they faced.

For example, each component module has just over a 4 foot square access-opening making it difficult to install the interior panels. Like trying to install a new radiator through the grill on the front of a car, the challenge of limited access led Boeing engineers to Air Technical Industries (ATI).

A manufacturer of specialty material handling equipment, ATI designed a uniquely modified version of their RBC-6000-SPB self-propelled floor crane that could meet the challenge. “We needed to be creative yet practical in respect of Boeing’s budgetary and timeline boundaries” says Design Engineer, Pete Novak Jr. of ATI. “What we developed was the perfect solution. We designed a Mobile Crane that stands over 13′ tall with a powered telescopic boom that extends over 19′ in length to reach well into a module, and can lift vertically to 30′.”

In addition, a cable lift was used to pick up panels from ground level and carefully lift them to align with the access opening for installation in the interior of the module. The design of the crane was engineered to be extremely maneuverable with 180 degrees steering for precise positioning of the interior panels during their installation.

When asked how such a feat was accomplished, Novak explained “The international space station is a testament to the idea that where there’s a will there’s a way. Our 33 year history of success was founded on this premise. I guess that made us the perfect fit for the application.”

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