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Columbia Strap Hoist Provides Maintenance Solution

Columbia Strap Hoist Provides Maintenance Solution

Application: Strap hoist for a jib crane with restricted headroom
Customer: General Cable Technologies Corporation
Location: Paragould, AR
Hoist model: Columbia HD1300-1A34-F-15
Special features: Strap option and upper limit switch
Line pull: 1,300 pounds on the first layer
Line speed: 15 feet per minute on the first layer
Power source: 115 VAC / Single Phase / 60 Hz
Columbia Articualting Jib Crane

Why APPI: Lifting a torque multiplier weighing 200 pounds each time there was a cable reel change on their bunching machines was a difficult and time consuming task for General Cable.  A jib crane was an obvious solution but the location and configuration of the machine created limited swing room and overhead clearance.

The swing portion of the problem was solved by using an articulated jib crane and the limited clearance issue was resolved by mounting one of our Columbia strap hoists on the outboard section of the boom.  Located close to the boom joint, the strap from the hoist runs under the boom and out to a low profile roller with a limit switch next to it. Using this approach created the extra foot of clearance required below the hook to position the torque multiplier.

In use, the tool is lifted to the upper limit, swung into position over the compression lock collar on the bunching machine and then lowered to its working position.  Once the collar has been secured, the process is reversed and the tool is moved to its storage position.

Both machines in this plant will be equipped with this setup and General Cable is planning to implement it in their other plants in the future.  According to John Koch, Process Engineer for General Cable, the strap hoist is an ideal solution as in addition to increasing the headroom for lifting, using our strap hoist eliminated the problems associated with wire rope spooling and its tendency to twist under load.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular strap hoist 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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