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steel mill "Dynex scrap car" trunnion trouble

Posted by underthehook on December 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

A recent inspection of some Dynex 100 ton scrap cars at a steel making facility has revealed some troubling results that  crane maintenance/reliability personnel should be made aware of. During routine inspections  utilizing NDT methods  on the lifting trunnions on the scrap cars revealed extensive cracking in the base metal and  into the circumferential trunnion welds too include cracking on the backside of the trunnion welds to base metal areas. Left unchecked and or ignored during annual/Bi-annual lift inspections this could have led to a catastrophic failure with a disastrous ending,costing millions of dollars and possibly injuries and or loss of life.

Don't let this happen at your facility by ensuring that all your "below the hook" lifting devices are inspected at regular intervals using Qualified and certified inspectors using  approved NDT methods to ensure the safety of your employees and co-workers.

Any questions and or comments on this subject are invited and welcomed.

Tim Medcalf

Senior Inspector

Runaway Crane

Posted by underthehook on October 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

As I commented on Google +, "wonder if the Inspector was blamed for that mishap?"

See this You Tube vid, shocking!

January's here are your inspections due?

Posted by underthehook on January 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay guys!  January is here! Are your inspections comig due? Please call for an estimate, check on updating an estimate already provided or to schedule inspections.I am available to come to your facility to meet with you, do walk trhroughs and answer questions by phone, email or in person.Our new main number and fax number is336-998-0198.  My mobile number is 336-428-0887 and my email  Feel free to call or email me with questions,request for estimates or website matters.Thanks,Have a safe and happy day!Cindy MedcalfOwner/Operations Manager

Why is scheduling inspections so hard?

Posted by underthehook on January 25, 2009 at 6:11 PM Comments comments (0)

So, why is scheduling inspections so hard?  I ask myself and Tim, our Senior Inspector this question.  Steel mill scheduling is like pulling teeth.  I understand shut down and the need to not interrupt production, which we try never to do.  But, these other manufacturers of misc.???  Who doesn't know they need inspections?  Who doesn't know that inspections are required...not just by law, but in order to continue safe use of all your devices? 

I know most understand the needs and requirements.  So, I am thinking budgets, shut downs, etc are the only thing holding things up. 

Just to set things straight on shut downs:  we don't require shut downs to do inspections and we almost never interrupt production.  This is one of our promises to our customers, to not stop or slow down production. 

As the economy picks up, as President Obama smooths out America, I'm sure budget and some other hold ups will change, too.

I look forward to all your comments here.  Also, please check out our forums, join and comment there, too.  We are excited to offer expert information pertinent to all your lifting devices.

Have a safe and happy day!:)

Did You See This???

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina


A boom truck overturned yesterday on Interstate 40 to the east of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fortunately no one was injured in the incident.


The crane, an Elliot 26105, was apparently installing new street signs, when it went over. A larger truck crane was called into lift it upright and help with the recovery, assisted by two larger wreckers.


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The scene on I-40