Concrete Products

APR 2014

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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20 • April 2014 Mi-Jack Products Inc. used ConExpo-Con/ Agg 2014 to gain real time equipment feed- back from potential end-users and crane op- erators on hand last month at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Company graphics and engineering staff created a Real-Time Travelift RTG Crane Op- erations simulator. Based on a MJ50 model, it enabled attendees to practice operating a Travelift RTG outftted with new controls plus forward and right side video screens. Users could experience the ease of operation while transferring a prestressed concrete girder from site staging area to a waterway dock deck in between two similar, fnished structures. The simulator measures an operator's overall time from girder pick to correct placement, factoring precise crane, spreader bar and lift hook maneuvers. Point of place- ment requires users to negotiate two fn- ished, relatively narrow dock structures that combine for a gantry runway. "We couldn't be happier with the re- sponse we've received from everyone who tried our simulator," says Mi-Jack Sales Man- ager Mike Lanigan, Jr. "For those that knew our Travelift RTG cranes, it was a ball. And for those that had never been in our equip- ment, they couldn't believe how precise and smooth the controls were." The simulator's site, equipment and girder elements are scaled to the MJ50, a 100,000-lb. capacity model with 39-ft. inside clearance and 28-ft. 10-in. hook height. Addi- tional information on the simulator can be ob- tained from Mike Lanigan, Jr., 708/501-4077. NEWS SCOPE EQUIPMENT Mi-Jack programs Travelift crane operator training simulator Concrete Products April 2014.indd 20 4/1/2014 11:38:45 AM

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