French zoning and collision-avoidance equipment specialist AMCS said that it has installed its systems on 20 of the expected 55 cranes on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant construction site in the UK. This includes installing its DCS 61-S anti-collision system on the Favelle Favco M2480D, the world’s largest capacity luffing jib tower crane. The 330 tonne capacity crane was supplied to UK-based international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty by Marr Contracting in Australia.
The purpose of the DCS 61-S anti-collision and zoning system is to ensure the management of prohibited overfly zones by jibs and-or hoist ropes and hooks, as well as collision avoidance between jibs and hoist ropes on multiple cranes. AMCS said a key challenge was to incorporate the management of the two hoist winches on the same crane with two jibs. Its solution, it claims, is a world first.