Lafarge Calgary deploys industry’s first Shuttlelift Single Beam gantry

Sources: Shuttlelift Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; CP staff

The Shuttlelift SB 70ʼs North American concrete market debut has seen Lafarge Calgary Pipe abandon a tandem method for transferring heavier product—yard forklift coupled with rental crane—and typically complete such operations with one versus four crew members. The producerʼs new 70-ton-capacity, Single Beam gantry is equipped with a standard wireless remote control, allowing the operator to stay at a distance from the load and control the crane while visually inspecting its outside parameters.

Shuttlelift has delivered the Single Beam gantry to domestic and overseas users outside concrete since the four-tire model’s mid-2010 introduction. The manufacturer extended the SB 70 height and width for Lafarge Calgary, one of western Canada’s major pipe & precast operations. “The customization improves our lifting capabilities and business,” says Operations Manager André Geurts. A tight turning radius, he adds, increases the crane’s value to the plant, while an enclosed cab option, “is beneficial during the cold season and provides important backup for the wireless remote control.”

“Our cranes provide an increased factor of safety, because there are no load charts to misinterpret. There are also no stability concerns because the weight of the load hangs directly below the crane’s frame,” says Shuttlelift Director of Industrial Sales Kurt Minten. “Compare this to the need to determine the maximum safe load for working and traveling speeds, and you have saved substantial lifting-time preparation using an SB.”  —