The Crosby Group invests in Verton Technologies

The Crosby Group, a global leader in lifting, rigging, and load securement hardware, today announced that it has completed a significant investment in Verton Technologies (“Verton”).  Australian-based Verton has developed and commercialised disruptive advancements in load orientation technology that remove the need for human held tag lines in lifting applications.  These innovations play a critical role in improving the safety and productivity of global lifting operations.

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A new remote load-management system designed to improve safety in crane operations and boost productivity has been delivered to a national crane hire company.

New remote load management device to improve crane safety

A new remote load-management system designed to improve safety in crane operations and boost productivity has been delivered to a national crane hire company.

The system is the world’s first remote load management system, according to Brisbane-based developer Verton Australia.

It removes the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads, significantly improving safety and efficiency for crane operators. The system can be used across all sizes and industries, including engineering, construction, general cargo shipping, resource development, defence and mining.

The system uses a single pair of gyroscopic modules and a handheld remote controller. The unit is able to manage loads of up to 20 tonnes and is attached to the load, with it orientation controlled with the remote.

Universal Cranes is the first company to use the system and expects to dramatically reduce the risk of accidents by ensuring no human contact is required for managing suspended loads.

Universal Cranes Group Managing Director Albert Smith said crane operations currently still require workers to collect and guide the taglines, which increases the risk of serious or fatal workplace incidents.

Verton Founder and Chief Technology Officer Stanley Thomson said the system would increase productivity and profitability of businesses operating or relying on cranes and hoists for orientating heavy loads.

“The R-series will reduce hook time (the time each load needs to be suspended in the air) by 50 per cent or more and the overall cycle time by 25 per cent,” he said.

“This is the biggest improvement in productivity since the crane was invented. We estimate that implementation of the R-series will save worksites millions of dollars over its lifetime with payback possible within a year. These are significant advantages in our increasingly competitive industries.”

Verton CEO Trevor Bourne said the company has received federal and Queensland Government financial support to develop the unit.

“This world-first technology will revolutionise suspended load-management for the transport, construction and mining industries and also many other sectors,” he said.

Cranes in place for Metro Tunnel excavation works

The first of three gantry cranes has been installed at the site of the future Parkville Station as part of the Victorian Government’s $11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project.

Crews have begun digging the 270-metre long and 30-metre-wide station box around 30 metres below Grattan street, between Leicester Street and Royal Parade.

Excavators will initially dig three metres deep, as a temporary deck of concrete and steel is built at surface level to limit the impacts of noise and dust.

When the excavation reaches around 15 metres deep, trucks will no longer be able to enter, meaning gantry cranes will be used to lower buckets through holes in the deck to collect rock and soil.

Cranes will then lower the material into trucks inside two acoustic sheds at surface level.

Each 20-metre-high crane will remove up to 35 tonnes of rock and soil from beneath the deck, while also lowering construction equipment and materials down onto the site.

All three cranes are expected to be installed by the end of February 2019.

More than 200,000 cubic metres of rock and soil is expected to be removed from the site in 2019, equivalent to around 80 Olympic swimming pools. Once complete, the station construction and fit out will begin underground.

More than 550 piles have been installed at Parkville to form the underground support structure for excavation to safely start.

The first train is expected to run through the tunnel in 2025.

Victorian Acting Premier James Merlino said significant work is ramping up at the site of the station.

“The Metro Tunnel will make travelling to the renowned Parkville health, education and research precinct easier than ever before, slashing travel times by up to 20 minutes in each direction,” he said.

Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the government is working on providing Victorians with project to improve transport infrastructure.

“We are undertaking a monumental engineering feat as part of the Metro Tunnel, including constructing new train stations deep beneath some of Melbourne’s busiest areas,” she said.

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