The Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals (ACRP) recently held its annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The ACRP is a nonprofit association whose mission is dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries. This is accomplished through educational opportunities to its members and the public. Many ACRP members are heavily involved with other organizations such as ASME, NACM, CMMA to name a few. Columbus McKinnon has board representation and also participates in the educational opportunities.
This year’s meeting theme was Crane Operation Safety. Topics of discussion included:
- D/d Ratio of Alloy Sling Chain
- Turning Pre Cast Loads Safely on the Job Site
- Design and Safety Criteria for Pad Eyes and Eyebolts
- ASME Update on P30: ASME P30 is the newest “in development” standard under the ASME umbrella. The intent of this document is to provide end-users with an exceptional guideline that focuses on personnel, equipment and procedures as they relate to repetitive lifts, standard lifts and critical lifts.
- Boom Assembly / Disassembly
- How to Find and Calculate the Center of Gravity
- Responsibilities of Crane Operations
- How an Overhead Hoist Works (presented by Columbus McKinnon)
- Critical Lift with Overhead Cranes
- Derrick Barge Lift
- Industrial Rollers
- Overhead Crane Standards and Regulation Update
Each of the topics provided case studies and applications. There was also a tour of the Manitowoc Crane Production Facility. All cranes and attachments manufactured at the Manitowoc facility are rigged and tested in the 20 acre test yard. The machines are tested to ensure the safety, quality and functionality of the delivered product. Currently being tested in the yard was a 2300 metric ton crane. It was the largest capacity crawler ever designed and built by Manitowoc.
ACRP is where Trainers get Trained. Information is openly shared and is provided to members of ACRP for use in their own training programs.