Self Erecting Cranes have become a popular choice for small to mid sized construction sites. These cranes sit on a small footprint, can be maneuvered into tight spaces, and typically take only a few hours to erect and be operational. The cranes use 3 phase power for their operation, and since this is not available at most of the smaller construction sites, a diesel generator has typically been deployed for power. This is unfortunate, as the inherent ‘green’ nature of self erecting cranes is lost with the use of the diesel generator. The generators need to be run continuously throughout working hours, creating noise and emissions pollution for both workers and locals. There is also increased risk of environmental pollution from spills caused by re-fueling and/or engine oil changes. Local noise bylaws may restrict the operating hours of the generator, impacting construction site build schedules. Generator breakdowns, and shutdowns for service or refueling, further impact these schedules. The drawbacks of using generators to power self erecting cranes are well known, but until now, the technology required for a viable alternative has not been available.
AltaStream’s PowerBridge product utilizes breakthrough technology to transform available single phase 240 VAC power, into the specific 3 phase output required to drive the self erecting cranes’ electric motors. PowerBridge units are efficient, compact, and quiet. They require virtually no maintenance, and can easily be moved from job site to job site. Key features include simple to operate Start/Stop buttons, a graphical display for status and diagnostics, and data logging. Also included are safety features such as intelligent output power sensing to prevent damage to cranes, and an auto-sense ‘brake’ which turns on and absorbs the power created by the crane as a heavy load is being lowered.
For further information, including detailed product specifications, please contact AltaStream Power Systems, and ask about the PowerBridge product.
To see PowerBridge in action, check out the video below: