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Technology and The Construction Industry

How Tech-Savy Is Your Company?

Today technology is at the palm of your hands. It is said that tablet sales could exceed laptop sales this year. Tablets can be used in all types of industries, especially the construction industry. With the construction industry growing rapidly and continually developing, it is important to keep up to date in this ever-changing world of technology within your industry.

Although some companies will not fully incorporate mobile technology into their industry, it is slowly becoming more common. Mobile technology is a part of everything we do. From basic communication via texting, to sending a quick email on the job site, making edits to a drawing and the use of apps on the go, it is a common everyday thing.

Cost may be a factor with some companies on adding advanced technology to their company, but think of the convenience factor. It may be an adjustment at first, but the time that will be saved in the long run will be remarkable. Not only will you be able to communicate on the go, but you can also collect data, edit files and submit project changes via mobile technology.

Although the construction industry used to be based upon blueprints, paperwork, etc., today if you do not embrace the software designed for your industry, you may be at risk of losing business to tech-savy competitors.

Using construction management software has greatly changed the way that projects are constructed. From keeping you on task, to maintaining your budget, this software has significantly saved time for many in this industry. Elimination of paper work, not only gets rid of clutter, along with disorganization, but it also supports going green at your company. Hours of time is saved since the majority of this software is as simple as plugging in numbers as you go, letting the software do most of the work. If you need to quickly edit a project while you are on a job site, you can do so at the tip of your fingertips.

There are many industries that have launched their own estimating software that has helped tremendously. This can estimate the quantities of products and costs in minutes. Not only has the construction industry taken advantage of their software that is being used, but they have also engaged with customers via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. This keeps you engaged with your customers, while showcasing your work simply and quickly. While you are at a job site, snap a photo and post it immediately to one of your social media platforms. This shows as the world of technology is changing, so are you. Some people go beyond just looking at your website to see that you are a company that keeps up with the trends of the times.

It is obvious there are numerous advantages to using technology in the construction field, but it is up to the professionals in this industry to embrace them. Are you ready to increase your knowledge and keep up with this ever-changing world, or do you want to be left behind in the dust?

4 Types Of Cranes And Their Functions

Did You know Cranes Have Been Around for around 2,000 Years?!

The main purpose of a crane is to lift extremely heavy amounts of weight. A typical crane is equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes or chains and sheaves. These machines use levers and pulleys that perform jobs which humans are not able to do on their own. They are used to lift and lower materials and also to move them horizontally and transport these items to other places. Cranes date back 2,000 years and were used to build huge monuments, Egyptian pyramids and even medieval churches.

Modern day cranes are used for:

  • Construction Materials
  • Bridges
  • Railroad Tracks
  • Shipping Materials/Equipment
  • Cars
  • Scrap Metal
  • Mobile Homes

These are just a few of the items cranes are able to transport, but they are equipped to virtually move any heavy item that needs to be moved. Let’s take a look at a few different types of cranes and their functions. If your business depends on heavy lifting, fast loading cycles or the most delicate precision, loader cranes are a great investment.

4 Types of Cranes –

    1. Mobile Crane – Mobile cranes are the most basic type of crane and are mounted on a mobile platform. Mobile cranes can be just a telescopic boom on a platform, or they can be a full sized crane. These cranes functions are to lift heavy objects, with the flexibility to access sites that may be difficult for other types of cranes to access. They are equipped with a wire rope drum, chains and a control panel.

 

    1. Loader Cranes – Loading cranes main function is to load and unload trucks and other vehicles. They are operator friendly and offer a high level of cost efficiency. To load equipment onto a trailer, a loader crane with hydraulically powered articulated arm is used to load items onto a truck. They can also be used for loading and unloading of heavy cargo and machinery in tight and restricted spaces. The knuckle boom loader crane is an excellent crane for this type of work.

 

    1. Tower Cranes – Tower cranes are used during the construction of tall buildings/skyscrapers and are considered to be the tallest types of cranes. Some tower cranes can reach up to 256 feet and outwards of 230 feet. The cranes are fixed to the ground by mounting a strong concrete pad, so anchor bolts can be embedded into the pad. While being secured, this allows the crane to balance when lifting heavy loads. These cranes are also often assembled and affixed inside the building itself during construction.

 

  1. Overhead Cranes – Overhead cranes are also known as suspended cranes. These cranes are used in factories and lift very head loads. Since the load is extremely heavy, the hoist is set on a trolley that will move in one direction along one or two beams, which move along an elevated or ground level tracks.

 

There are many more types of cranes that you can use to perform your heavy workload and also cranes that cover all industries. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions on crane rentals, we are happy to assist. Keep in mind, all cranes should be operated by a professionally trained staff and the proper guidelines should be followed when working with any heavy equipment. Although these are handy types of equipment to own or use in your everyday construction sites, they are extremely dangerous and safety should always be your company’s number one goal.

Essential Safety Tips to Be Aware of In the Workplace

Welcome to our blog from CDH Rentals! We would like to share news, tips and updates in the crane industry and from our company. Check out our website each month for new blog posts.

We thought we would start our blog with one of the most important topics in any construction industry, but specifically the crane industry. SAFETY!

safetySafety is our #1 goal at CDH Rentals. We take multiple precautions and steps to ensure our equipment and operators are safe during the jobs they perform. In the news their are a lot of crane accidents across the country that may have been able to be prevented. Therefore, we would like to share 3 safety tips that any crane operator should know.

At any job site, safety, should be the #1 concern. Every party involved should be aware of the safety guidelines and procedures before any project is started. Each day their are numerous people, objects and challenges that are present, the goal is to keep all of these items safe and have everyone on the same page.

When hiring a crane operator or if you are already a crane operator, here are key items the crane operators should be aware of:

  • Knowledge of the Equipment – Every crane operator should be aware of the crane’s lift capacity and load chart. Knowing how to read a load chart is critical in performing the lift. A load chart will provide: dimensions and weight, lift capacity, lift range, lift angle and crane in motion. All of these items are imperative when operating a crane and should be looked over before the project begins. This will avoid an accident, the crane from tipping over and or a boom collapse.
  • Be Aware of the Load  – Understand the size and what equipment is needed for the load. Will this project require chains, ropes or wires for the lift? All of these types of equipment need to be rated as well. Are they strong enough to hold the load? All of this comes into play, so the wires, ropes or chains do not snap during the lift.
  • Become Familiar with the Job Site – When entering a job site, always meet the other crew members and perform a thorough inspection of the area. Are there any power lines overhead? Is an electrician available to de-energize them if necessary? Do you have the proper feet of clearance from any overhead objects? Be aware of the schedules of other operators, so no collision occurs.

These are just a few of the items that the crane operator needs to be aware of when performing any job and when they arrive at any job site.

Here are other safety guidelines to follow as well:

  • Crane Operators are required to maintain their NCCCO
  • Be aware of the rules and regulations of the state you are working in
  • Have knowledge of the conditions on the job site – such as personnel changes, etc.
  • Pay attention to the weather
  • Maintain your crane’s gas, oil and other fluid levels
  • Know the proximity of the buildings around you
  • Use appropriate cribbing and pads – Proper cribbing & pads are needed to avoid having an outrigger fail or sink when they are performing a lift
It is important to be aware of all the safety precautions to ensure not only your safety but everyone around you. The tips above are important to follow, always speak to the foreman of each job when you arrive to verify the rules of that particular site. Another aspect of safety is the proper attire to wear to a job site.

Here is a list of items that will protect you while you are at work –

  • Safety Goggles – Protects your eyes from floating debris of all types
  • Hard Hat – Protects your head from any falling objects
  • Yellow Safety Vest – Important to wear so you are visible to the crew
  • Steel-toed Boots – Protects your toes from objects that may fall near your feet
  • Ear Plugs – Protects your hearing and foreigns objects getting in your ears
  • Gloves – Keeps your hands safe from object with rough edges and chemicals
  • Face Mask/Respirator – Protects your lungs from fumes and gas

These tips are essential in keeping yourself, the crew and bystanders from being safe on every job site. Be safe out there!