SOURCE: Safe-T-Hook


November 30, 2010 07:36 ET

Game-Changing Crane Hook Arrives in North America

GREAT FALLS, VA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - Safe-T-Hook™, LLC introduces precision-engineered, intelligent crane hook systems to the U.S. and Canada. The premium system, Twister™, changes the crane operations paradigm, making high volume and high value crane operations safer, more accurate and more efficient. Twister™ reduces the likelihood of injuries and fatalities by allowing the crew to remain clear of the load after hook-up through the use of wireless remote-controlled gyro-stabilized load rotation and remote-controlled hook release. It increases accuracy by allowing more precise load positioning and improves efficiency by reducing lift time while protecting the load to minimize damage. 

Petroleum industry leaders Statoil, Shell and Conoco Phillips use Twister™, improving safety and efficiency. Savings build up dramatically for offshore oil and gas platform resupply, high-rise building construction utilizing pre-fabricated sections, and the loading and offloading of breakbulk cargo, especially involving hard-to-access below-deck cargo holds. High value loads including aircraft, ship and submarine sections, and expensive commercial and military equipment and components benefit from Twister's™ improved precision as well. 

"Technology is changing the game by enabling faster, greater precision operations," said Fredrik Hiorth, Lead engineer at manufacturer Securalift AS in Stavanger, Norway. "We build innovative technology to improve safety to both people and product while providing a premium system at attractive value. Our users are often more efficient with a reduced accident rate and a rapid return on initial investment. We are pleased to partner with Safe-T-Hook to bring Twister™ to the American and Canadian markets."

Twister™ features weight sensors and locks to prevent releasing while under tension. A wireless remote control commands load release and rotation from a safe distance. The remote control has a unique identifier code, enabling the use of multiple remotes in proximity without creating interference. Twister™ is easy to use and maintain and requires no modifications to the crane or its hook. It comes in a variety of weight classes and is custom configured. All components are modular for swift field swap-out.

"Repetitive and high value crane operators will increasingly adopt technologically innovative components to keep pace with safety and efficiency requirements. Until Twister™, it was impossible to improve speed without compromising safety or to improve safety without compromising speed," said Dave Platte, President at Virginia-based Safe-T-Hook™, LLC. "Now, North American operators can achieve both just as companies in Europe have."

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