Columbia Chaff Loadout Winch Assists Water Reclamation Facility

Columbia Chaff Loadout Winch Assists Water Reclamation Facility

Application:  Columbia Chaff Loadout Winch for use in a Dewater & Dry Water Reclamation Facility
Customer:  J. F. Ahern Co.
Location:  Fond du Lac, WI
Winch Model:  Columbia WG11000-4A17-L-02
Line Pull:  11,000 pounds on the first layer
Line Speed:  7.7 feet per minute on the first layer
Wire Rope Capacity:  60 feet x 3/8″ diameter, 304 grade stainless steel wire rope with stainless steel latching hook
Power Source:  460 VAC / Three phase / 60 Hz
Special Features:  Class II Div 1 Group G rated motor, manual freespool lever, urethane tension roller, epoxy overcoat, stainless steel fasteners (where applicable) and quick-mount brackets

Why APPI:  Positioning a steel roll-off container along a guide rail system is a common application for one of our Columbia WG11000 AC electric winches.  When the container is collecting Milorganite chaff dust in a Class II Div 1 Group G rated caustic environment it takes a properly rated winch to work in this kind of atmosphere.  When J.F. Ahern was contracted to upgrade the D & D (Dewater & Dry) chaff loadout winch system at the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility in Milwaukee, WI, they turned to us for a ‘project-specified’ Columbia loadout winch that could meet the application requirements.

Due to the caustic nature of the chaff dust, an epoxy overcoat was applied and the winch was equipped with stainless steel fasteners and 60 feet of 3/8″ diameter, 304 grade stainless steel wire rope with a stainless steel latching hook.  To prevent catastrophic failure of the winch in the event of a stall condition, the Class II Div 1 Group G rated, UL-listed, single-speed control system includes an adjustable AC current sensing relay as well as an emergency stop switch and overload light.

Working closely with Project Manager Addison “Red” Knopps, we were able to provide one of our winches with specifications that were a perfect match to the requirements laid out by the City of Fond du Lac Wastewater Treatment Department.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular chaff loadout winch system or any of our other products and services.


Allied Power Products, Inc. has specialized in providing winches, hoists, capstans and cranes to meet our customers’ specific application requirements for more than 30 years.

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