08 May 2008
Taylor Crane and Rigging won its Job of the Year award for the transportation, handling and installation of an MAN 32/40 diesel generator package. The generator was supplied to the city of Clay Center, Kansas by Fairbanks Morse Engine Company of Beloit, WI.
Moving and installing the 340000 pound (154 tonne) load presented several rigging and lifting challenges. Taylor used its 600 ton (544 tonne) capacity telescopic hydraulic gantry to lift and transfer the generator package from a rail car to a dual lane transport dolly system for the 40 mile (64 km) haul that required Kansas Department of Transportation approval for movement over long span bridges.
Installation required movement of the generator package through a narrow doorway over a suspended floor and then for it to be lowered approximately 10 feet (3 m) to its foundation in the power plant. Taylor designed, engineered and fabricated two 8 inch (200 mm) thick transfer beams and additional rigging gear to move the equipment through confines of the door and onto the foundation.
The job was delivered without incident or injury to personnel, equipment or property and to the satisfaction of the client, Fairbanks Morse; the owner, City of Clay Center; and to the Kansas DOT.
This was the second time Taylor Crane and Rigging has won a Job of the Year award. The first award was in 1990 for a job lifting a flue gas cooler in a refinery.