The Caldwell Group has introduced the Dura-Mod modular spreader beam.
According to Caldwell, the spreader beam is a versatile alternative to fixed and multiple-point below-the-hook solutions for payloads up to 170 tons (154.2 tonnes). It will be sold solely through the manufacturer’s global distributor network and is suitable for a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, heavy engineering, as well as crane and equipment rental.
Malcolm Peacock, business development specialist at Caldwell, said: “Each system will consist of a pair of end fittings and drop links, and two upper and lower shackles to make the shortest possible configuration. From there it is a simple case of combining intermediate spreader sections to achieve the required span. The single longest component is only 20 ft (6.1 m).
“If a square or rectangular spreader frame is required you simply need to remove the end fittings and add corner sections—the struts are the same. We provide a full assembly procedure on our data sheets along with details of fasteners and torque values. We can also manufacture any custom or special parts to order to enable us and our distributors to provide a flexible service.”
The concept was first unveiled last year at the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) Product Information Exhibition (PIE) in Ohio and plans are already afoot to raise the capacity to 250 tons (226.8 tonnes).