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Capco Crane Finishes Midwest Job (Jan. of 2013 article)
Capco Crane and Hoist Inc. of Rowley, MA recently completed a major rehab/renovation project for a Chicago area power house... on time and under budget as usual. This power house uses their crane to service the steam turbine and generators just below the crane, and use the crane to move motors and parts in and out of the building for maintenance and service.
Capco Crane has an impeccable reputation and loyal customers all over the USA and beyond. They are known for doing demanding work while keeping tight schedules. The company is pleased to announce their recently completed major overhaul and upgrade of a sixty-year-old P&H powerhouse bridge crane in the Chicago area. The crane was in a pump house and had a 15-ton capacity. The end user needed a newer, more reliable 20-ton capacity crane. A new crane was not an option, primarily due to the major installation obstacles - namely, access in and out of the building. A new, large crane bridge would have required literally dismantling the building.
Enter the Capco staff and Project Manager Jim Couturier, who worked with the end user, a major component manufacturer from Texas and a local contractor to come up with a fool-proof solution: a complete upgrade and overhaul of the runways and the existing crane itself. The project included systematic replacement all of the material, except for the largest steel beams that made up the runway system and the crane bridge beams. Everything else - the crane rail, power bar, crane end trucks, crane controls, and the crane trolley hoist - had to be replaced with new material.
Jim Couturier went to work with Capco's staff and lead installers. The men came up with a dynamic rigging and installation plan that included special rigging tools and equipment, a special trolley and a unique monorail and jib crane attached temporarily to the existing bridge, allowing the staff to lift and raise material as needed, In the end, the crane and runway were upgraded to 20 tons with all new crane rails, power bars, new end trucks, new controls, and a brand new 20-ton trolley hoist. Basically the bridge crane was completely overhauled and re-built in the sky, without making any changes or modifications to the existing building. It was another Capco installation that amazed the end user and won over the local contractor, who vowed never to use anyone for any crane work but Capco Crane & Hoist, Inc.
Capco Crane & Hoist, Inc. is a service organization located in the suburban Boston area specializing in the sales, installation, manufacturing and inspection of overhead bridge girder cranes and hoists. They are a member of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America and the Material Handling Industry of America ( www.mhia.org). Capco has been a premier electric overhead bridge crane manufacturer/service provider in the New England region since the mid-1990s. For more information about Capco's facilities and services, contact David Caputo (Sales Manager) at 58 Forest Ridge Drive, Rowley, MA 01969, toll free at 800-422-7261, fax at 978-948-2294
Capco Crane Completes Large Cleanroom Crane Installation (Sept. 2012 article)
Capco Crane and Hoist Inc. of Rowley, MA was approached recently by a long time customer who needed a sophisticated cleanroom crane. The client, a defense contractor that makes specialized equipment for the U.S. military, had a new project requiring a cleanroom crane to lift massive parts - up to 20 tons - as high as 45 feet in the air. This crane had to span the entire room (which was 60 feet wide) and travel the full length of the room - about 200 feet. Due to the large capacity involved, this crane would require other special features, all of which would mean some intricate engineering and layout.
Capco Crane & Hoist has built some clean room cranes in the past - a few at one ton and a few others at three tons and five tons - but nothing on the scale of this very large cleanroom crane. Capco worked with a major specialty hoist manufacturer in the Southwest to design a stainless steel, twenty-ton trolley hoist. All the moving parts were to be stainless, including the drum, sheaves, rope and wheels. On top of that, the hoist was VFD, Flux Vector controlled, to be run with a speed variation of 1000 to 1, from the lowest creep speeds to the high speeds and all the steps in between. The bridge and the trolley motions were also VFD controlled. The crane had a full-length service platform and a radio control with a push-button backup.
Finally, the most unique feature on the crane was the design and engineering of a special HEPA vacuum system. The system has hoses that travel throughout the bridge and are attached to a collection of wands that are mounted and articulate in any areas with moving parts and wheels or drums - any possible area on the crane that can turn, rotate, rub or move. These wands point to the area and the vacuum system sucks up any particulate or debris that might be created. Debris is minimal because the stainless steel construction, but are vacuumed up anyway, ensuring that a minimal amount of dust, debris, or particulate matter comes off the crane at any given time, no matter what motion the crane is running. This is a great system and a great design, all created for this particular project by the Capco Crane engineering group.
Are you facing a big challenge on any crane job? No worries, call Capco Crane & Hoist. If they haven't already done a similar project in the past, they will figure a good way to do itů no doubt!
Capco Crane & Hoist, Inc., of Rowley, MA, is a service organization located in the suburban Boston area specializing in the sales, installation, manufacturing and inspection of overhead bridge girder cranes and hoists. They are a member of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America and the Material Handling Industry of America. Capco has been a premier electric overhead bridge crane manufacturer/service provider in the New England region since the mid-1990s. For more information about Capco's facilities and services contact David Caputo (Sales Manager) at 58 Forest Ridge Drive, Rowley, MA 01969, toll free at 800-422-7261, fax at 978-948-2294
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Announcement of Opening of CT Office for Capco:
Capco Crane and Hoist Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a sales and service operation in Plainville, CT. The sales/service office was established to better serve the Connecticut market and its customer base heading southwest. The office is managed by Mr. Ken Caron, a career "crane man", who holds both an R9 and R10 crane license. In addition, they have several veteran service technicians, who live in Connecticut and also have R10 certification and license. The office and the local staff became a necessity due to all of the additional accounts in the Connecticut area that Capco has picked up over the past 2 years.
OverHead Bridge Crane Company Announces New Sales Office in CT. Area (May, 2008)
Sales Manager Mr. David F. Caputo reports, "we needed to respond to our customers needs and provide sales and service technicians that lived in close proximity to these accounts that were just exploding with business opportunities for us. But, as always, we needed to add the right people that would add something special to the overall team concept that is "Capco" and we feel we accomplished that and then some. The new staff has already made a great improvement over the level of service and responsiveness that we can now offer to the Connecticut-based accounts. We always prided ourselves on response time and with the addition of several high profile Connecticut-based accounts it was getting to be very challenging to handle all of the New England service business out of Massachusetts with our own Massachusetts based service crew. Therefore, the new staff in Connecticut has been the perfect complement to the existing service staff based in Massachusetts. We could always respond the same day to emergency service calls in Connecticut, but now we can respond to breakdowns within an hour or two, depending on the work load on any given day."
The sales staff has also won contracts in states like West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida and thus, the new CT staff can also help with their response time in the Southeast part of the country. Again, adding a veteran, experienced crew allows them to provide more coverage and grow the business beyond New England. The word has spread quickly and they are seeing more and more opportunities to quote and win business in Connecticut.
Capco is proud to announce that they recently completed two large retrofit projects for Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, CT. Paul Cardone of Pratt " Whitney was enthusiastic in his praise of Capco's services. "The consistent coordination effort and open lines of communication between Capco Crane, in-house engineering and trades was always conducted in a professional manner," he said. "Capco Crane never lost sight or focus on customer satisfaction throughout this project. Capco Crane & Hoist delivered a high-quality product backed up with constant personal attention, which made my customers very satisfied with the final product.
Capco also won a huge project in Waterbury,CT for a freestanding runway system and two large capacity double girder cranes. The local service was instrumental in helping them secure both of those exciting projects. The new cranes and equipment will be fabricated in the new Capco facility up in Rowley, MA. and the service will be handled by the Plainville office.
The future looks very bright for Capco and the state of Connecticut has just gained another local service business that they can be proud of and call their own. The goal of the Capco sales staff is to make sure all Connecticut-based companies realize that CAPCO now has a permanent location in their state and they hope to provide great local service and support for many years to come.
Capco Goes International
Capco Crane & Hoist Inc. went international last year. Capco designed, fabricated and installed 28 bridge cranes to run on (7) different freestanding runway systems. The bridge cranes will be used by a manufacturing plant working with fiberglass products. The plant is located in Juarez, Mexico. The project contained more than 1,000,000 pounds of steel and took roughly 4 months to complete the installation. Capco won the project, even though some of the other bidders had manufacturing facilities in Mexico. Capco´s combination of quality, service, "in house" installation and price were un-beatable. At the conclusion of the project, Capco sent (3) instructors to train more than 200 Spanish speaking workers and managers on the subject of bridge crane safety and proper use.
Capco joins CMAA
Capco Crane & Hoist Inc. became the first New England based crane builder to join CMAA. Capco was accepted to the CMAA organization last year after a rigorous approval process. By joining CMAA, Capco became a part of an elite organization of crane builders in the USA. CMAA member companies make up the best and the brightest crane builders in the industry.
Since Capco was started we set the standard for building cranes in New England. Now, with CMAA as a platform we can help influence the next generation of crane builders all over the USA and beyond. CMAA membership brings along a responsibility to continue to manufacture bridge cranes of the absolute highest quality and constantly push our own standards higher and higher. CMAA membership also provides us "first look" at the latest information in our industry, whether its new technology or changes in industry rules and regulations. For example, CMAA has recently published newly revised specifications including "Spec 78" which applies to properly servicing and maintaining overhead bridge cranes. Any company with an overhead bridge crane should get a copy of "Spec 78" and make it required reading for your maintenance staff. Please consult our office for information on how to obtain "Spec 78" or any other CMAA publication.
New Crane Specification 78 Now Available from CMAA
The Crane Manufacturers Service Committee (CMSC), a Standing Committee of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) has released its newest publication, Specification No. 78, Standards and Guidelines for Professional Services Performed on Overhead Traveling Cranes and Associated Hoisting Equipment.
Specification 78 was developed to set standards and guidelines for overhead traveling crane service and the service of associated hoisting equipment. The Specification will aid companies in the development of safety-minded, manufacturer-trained and certified technicians to perform these high-quality, professional services.
Specification 78 sets higher performance standards in order to meet raised customer expectations related to the service of overhead traveling cranes and associated hoisting equipment.
The forty-plus page Specification 78 is available for $30.00 per copy. Orders for Specification 78 can be placed through the MHIA Online Bookstore in the Overhead, Lifting and Movement section or via phone to the MHIA Literature Department at 800.345.1815/704.676.1190.
CMAA is the Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Inc., an independent trade association affiliated with the United States Division of Material Handling Industry of America. The voluntary association of CMAA members has existed since 1955. Member companies represent industry leaders in the overhead crane market. For additional information, contact Hal Vandiver, Managing Director of CMAA via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.676.1190.
Capco continues an excellent association with Cranemart
By belonging to Cranemart, Capco can offer the best prices, delivery and service on all CM owned products, in particular Shaw-Box, Yale, and Budgit products. We stock end trucks, controls, electrification, variable frequency drives, electric wire rope hoists up to 10 tons, electric chain hoists up to 3 tons and parts for Shaw-Box and Yale products. If you need a Shaw-Box or Yale part, we probably have it on the shelf.
Reputation grows nation wide
Through word of mouth, Capco has recently been asked to get involved with crane projects in North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Texas and Florida, to name just a few more states catching the good word.
Capco breaks crane fabrication record
Recently, out of necessity, Capco completely fabricated (10) 7.5-ton bridge crane in 10 working days breaking the old "in house" record by 3 cranes. The aggressive delivery dates facilitated the extreme turnaround times.
Capco is asked to join Concrete Associations
Due to our relationships with various concrete companies around New England, we were asked to join two important organizations. We were excited to become a member of the New England chapter and the national chapter of the Concrete and Precast associations. We are looking forward to sharing plenty of important information with each other.
Capco completes major retrofit at Path in record time
The Port Authority of New Jersey and New York awarded Capco a contract to completely overhaul (2) 35-ton, 140' span bridge cranes. The cranes could only be shut down on weekends and returned on Monday at 7:00 AM. Capco completed the complete project in (6) weekends and never interrupted the shops work schedule. The staff at Path were amazed at the speed, quality and ease of installation. Plenty of Path references are available upon request.
Capco develops special crane for our customers in the Concrete Industry
Through much research with our customers in the concrete industry, Capo has developed a very special "Concrete Crane Specification". The concrete companies that are pouring concrete and stripping forms with bridge cranes, often comment about breakdowns resulting in lost time and expensive service calls. With the help of the same companies, we have developed a "must have" list of optional features (standard for Capco) for any new bridge crane in a heavy duty concrete application. For more details please consult our sales department. (Hint: You don't buy a kit to build this type of crane)
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