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Research vessel gets innovative A-Frame

Written by Nick Blenkey
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JANUARY 29, 2016 — Recently installed aboard the R/V Sikuliaq, Allied Marine Crane’s innovatively redesigned A-Frame crane is designed to drastically improves the safety and capability of the marine research industry, and has been drawing interest from around the world.

The recent incorporation of proprietary technology has allowed for the development of an A-Frame whose cross beam rotates freely as it deploys, guaranteeing the load and lighting are properly oriented throughout the entire range of motion.

“We expect the A-Frame to do everything we designed it to do – we came up with a great product,” says Mark Chryss, Port Engineer for the Seward Marine Center. “Allied Systems Company should look into providing this same articulating cross beam for other solutions – the transfer of the load really is much smoother.”

The  A-Frame also features a unique maintenance pin design that creates an additional degree of freedom to provide an unprecedented 172 degree range of motion. Other innovations include rope pass-throughs for tugger winches that maximize the operating envelope of the A-Frame and available electrical outlets at the cross-beam for ease of powering equipment.

Allied Marine Crane – a division of Sherwood, OR, based Allied Systems Company –  prides itself in providing the industry’s premiere specialized heavy lift equipment and is continually investing heavily into new developments.

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