What Does it Mean to “Modernize” your Crane?
Many overhead cranes have been in service for longer than their original intended design life, or have been used at a higher duty cycle than intended. Does this sound a little too familiar? If so, chances are that your crane is actually costing you money – in efficiency, in safety, in functionality, and in downtime. When one of these situations occurs in your plant, you have choices; ignore the problem until the crane fails (not safe), replace the entire crane (costly & timely), or modernize the crane. Modernizing the crane can prolong the useful service life, make it safer to operate, and provide increased efficiency.
Modernization takes on many forms, but essentially it involves altering or making an enhancement to the original design of the equipment. These changes could be mechanical, electrical or structural in nature. Examples include, a controls upgrade, an increase in duty cycle or lifting capacity, addition of safety features, automating the movement of the crane, zone detecting, operating methods, etc. A modernization is typically more cost effective than replacement of the entire crane and delivers most of the same great advantages while extending useful life for capital depreciation.
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In 2019, the owner of the 111-year-old Faraday Powerhouse and Dam determined that it was necessary to demolish and construct something more efficient. The project on the Clackamas River in Estacada, Oregon experienced frequent flooding and required a more modern facility.
The historic Faraday Powerhouse was removed and is being replaced to address long-term operational safety and improve generation efficiency, assuring a stable, clean power supply for decades to come for Oregon customers.
McMillen Jacobs Associates was brought into the Faraday Repower project as PGE’s CM/GC Contractor. They are removing the 1907-built unreinforced masonry structure with its five original turbines to replace it with a reinforced concrete powerhouse, featuring two higher-efficiency turbines. The result will be a newer, safer, more reliable and higher efficiency hydropower plant.
As part of the project, McMillen Jacobs Associates is responsible for doing the design and constructability reviews, value engineering, and risk assessments. They knew that they wanted to work with high quality manufacturers for all the key pieces of the new facility, and looked to Whiting Corporation for their overhead crane needs in the turbine building.
Whiting Corporation is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty overhead cranes and railcar maintenance equipment. Whiting overhead cranes serve a variety of industries including steel mills, automotive plants, foundries, fossil fuel plants, metal service centers, refuse facilities, hydro-electric plants and nuclear power plants. McMillen Jacobs selected Whiting because of “their impressive history and expertise in turbine applications”. They wanted to work with a company they trusted so that they could feel confident in their recommendations when it came to the safest and most efficient design of the crane. According to McMillen Jacobs, Whiting’s reputation for quality and performance in the market made them the perfect trusted advisor. Whiting has incorporated state of the art safety components into the crane, along with proven design features to ensure safety and efficiency for years to come. In addition, Whiting utilizes the latest technology to ensure ease of operation and maintenance as well.
The redesigned Faraday Powerhouse Dam will be operational in Spring of 2022.