Load links by Dillon selected to ensure safety at gas tank installation
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When installing a 21 ton dome roof on a gas tank installation in Gabon, Africa, Mennens, one of the the biggest European specialists in steel cables, lifting and hoisting equipment, selected Dillon load links (dynamometers) to ensure the safety of the installation.
The team began by using Dillon EDJunior load cells to test all of the tirfors – manual hoists with wire rope which are used to lift, pull and position heavy loads. Next, the davits located around the
rim of the gas tank were tested, using EDXtreme load links to test the safety of the lifting equipment which would be used to hoist the roof into place.
With EDXtreme units attached to each of the 21 davits strategically located at intervals around the tank, the team wanted to be able to simplify their processes by viewing the results on one wireless controller. The ability to link and view the data from multiple dynamometers via the remote communicator allowed the team to remotely monitor the data from all lift points and calculate the total load from just one device.
A spokesperson for Mennens commented, “We used the Dillon EDXtreme to test all the davits in preparation for lifting of the gas tank dome. The goal was to lift the 31T dome using 21 davits and 21 dynamometers reporting to a single communicator. We used Dillon equipment because we need to have complete confidence in the strength and accuracy of our measurement tools. We also needed to be sure that we could collect the data we required without slowing the installation down. The job was completed in 12 hours and the dome was secured with 21 lashing straps and four fixed mounting plates.”
With user-defined functions and sophisticated communication options, the EDXtreme readily adapts to multi-tasking operations or multi-link systems capable of monitoring a series of critical stress points from a single location. Once both EDXtreme and Communicator are switched on, RF (Wireless) function (up to 300 meters) offers instant connection, no matter how many EDXtremes are used.
Mennens continued, “Dillon is one of very few suppliers that offer the option to link 25 dynamometers to one communicator. What we really appreciated was the initiative taken by the Dillon team, who registered and assigned names to all 21 EDXtremes, so that everything worked straight out of the box.”
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