Articulating Cranes: a versatile answer
Knuckleboom Cranes Fulfill a Variety of Applications
When a Las Vegas casino needed a means to maintain its atrium, they looked to knuckleboom cranes for the answer. Mounted below the floor — which can be removed in sections — the cranes are brought out to change the plants and decorations located in the atrium. With a little imagination, casino decision-makers were able to adapt knuckleboom cranes to fill a unique need.
With many models available, knuckleboom cranes are fulfilling customers’ needs by adapting to unusual applications, showcasing versatility and opening new doors of opportunity for crane owners. From the long-time popular choice of material handling applications, to a customer who wanted to launch a life boat from an ocean-side house, knuckleboom cranes have been meeting a diverse range of needs.
As material handlers, knuckleboom cranes have been a popular choice for delivering concrete forms or building materials to crews working on residential or commercial projects. The cranes are able to mount to a truck and travel with the materials directly to a job site, unload the materials and return with the truck to pick up more. Other material handling tasks have been addressed, such as delivering, moving and placing materials like railroad ties, pallets of roofing shingles, plates of glass and store signs — with new markets still being discovered.
Knuckleboom cranes are popular in Europe due to truck and crane usage philosophies. When a truck goes to the job-site, the owner wants to be able to manage any material handling situation he may encounter. These include everything from unloading material with a hook, to distributing asphalt with a grapple attachment. Some of these imaginative applications and methods are making their way to the states.
For example, in Venice, Italy, knuckleboom cranes are mounted on barges to deliver goods of all sorts from the waterways that dominate the city. Similar uses can be seen in the states already. At Lake Panorama in Iowa, a barge with a knuckleboom crane hauls boat launches to and from the shore during the boating season, saving the trouble and effort of delivering the launches over land and through private yards.
In the case of a Baltimore, Maryland, area fire department, a knuckleboom crane solved one problem and found use in others. The knuckleboom crane was chosen when the department needed a way to deploy a pump that could be used for extra water needs. A crane allowed fire crews to deploy the pump 40 to 50 feet away, with no needed manpower except someone to operate the crane via radio remote. Within a couple of weeks of installing the crane, however, crews were using it to move a tractor that had rolled over on a farmer.
Delivery of large and bulky items is a common knuckleboom application. Propane companies use knuckleboom cranes to deliver and place tanks, monument companies deliver and place monuments and burial vaults, and power utilities efficiently place electrical transformers.
These applications are all focused on the delivery of an item, but knuckleboom cranes have also been used to position much larger pieces. For example, a pest control company uses knuckleboom cranes to assist in deploying house tarps for fumigation services. A catfish farm in Alabama uses knuckleboom cranes to assist in the deployment of nets used to harvest fish.
Whether mounted on a truck, boat or concrete pad, knuckleboom cranes boast the versatility needed to meet the demands of many customers. With a little ingenuity and imagination, the possibilities for knuckleboom crane applications are limitless.