JPW Riggers, a crane rental company based in Syracuse, N.Y., will use Manitowoc’s wind attachment for its Model 16000 to increase productivity with the 440-ton capacity crawler crane. The company plans to use the attachments on most of its wind power work in 2011.
The attachment improves crane capacity by up to 49 percent and allows the crane to place heavier components of large wind turbines. JPW Riggers has already used the attachment to erect turbines in Maryland, and to help with maintenance work on a wind farm in Maine.
“The wind attachment not only increases capacity, it also represents significant financial savings for our customers as well. Without the wind attachment, we would need to send a secondary high-capacity crane, which means extra cost and logistics headaches,” said David Schwalm, executive vice president at JPW Riggers.
JPW Riggers has eight Manitowoc 16000 cranes and four wind attachments. “It’s no surprise that approximately 80 percent of our 2011 quotes [for crane rentals] specify the wind attachment,” said Schwalm.
The wind attachment fits any 440-ton Manitowoc 16000. Lifting capabilities at shorter radii are the most improved, and at 59 feet, the crane has a capacity advantage of 49 percent compared with a standard Manitowoc 16000. This allows it to install most 2.5 MW wind turbines (and several larger ones) on towers between 262 feet and 279 feet.