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  • The Cutting Edge of The Mobile Crane Industry

    Construction companies utilize equipment and machinery that achieve very specific and unique jobs. Cranes, the primary workhorse of construction operations, allow for building, repair and maintenance of projects at heights that ladders and crews alone cannot reach. But what about projects that involve work outside of a metropolitan or city scape? How can construction companies take their services to more remote areas? It turns out the answer lies in a machine that is the cutting edge of the mobile crane industry. The first truck-mounted cranes were produced in 1922 by Appleby Corporation. Appleby was instrumental in the development of cranes from a fixed position base to operating from a moving position on flatbed rail cars. The advancement of mechanical technology in 1922 included the combustible engine, as well as the telescopic jib, which allowed an additional boom to increase the height reach of the crane. This technology was modified in continue


  • Presenting the Steiger TTS1000

    In the service industry of construction, the need to reach very high altitudes safely is a costly venture. It’s also a dangerous one. In the wind energy industry, this need presents even greater risk. There are a handful of crane and lift equipment specialists who provide the necessary products to meet not only the need, but mitigate the risk. Ruthmann Gmbh & Co. KG is one such company. When Abilene High Lift set out to start its main enterprise, finding the best solution to meet the need for repairing wind turbines was the primary objective. If this machine could also assist in other construction and building projects, it would increase its value as well as add more opportunity to the company for additional service projects. But where to find the right vehicle, and how to choose it was the the focal question. After much search and qualifying various options, Abilene continue


  • High Lift vs. Scaffolding: A Question of Safety

    There are many ways to skin a cat, as the old adage goes. More specifically, in the case of this blog, there are many different routes someone can take to get a job done. Whether you are in the construction business, repairing a problem that rests high off the ground, or just need to reach tall windows, there are multiple ways to approach the work at hand. The two most common methods in these lines of businesses are constructing a temporary, skeletal structure known as scaffolding or using a high lift such as the one we use at Abilene High Lift. It’s true we may be biased toward the latter, but nevertheless, for the sake of this article, we are going to focus on the former. An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents may prevent continue


  • Repairing Tall Buildings

    The Height of Courage – Repairing Tall Buildings as a Living It takes a special kind of courage to not only scale a towering structure, but more so, to do it regularly as a part of your job. Whether working on a skyscraper or a wind farm turbine, there are those who make it their daily mission to assail giant structures and literally hover hundreds of feet, if not miles, off of the ground. Why do they do it? Are they addicted to danger? Some of us are born with a natural fear of heights, some of us are unphased, and then others like the adrenalin rush, much like those who skydive or go bungee jumping. Working hundreds of feet off the ground on a daily basis, you might also become immune to the fear. So you’ve conquered your fear of heights and have decided to take a job that continue


  • Wind Energy Benefits

    Wind energy is the fastest growing segment of all renewable energy sources. Although Germany and Europe lead in energy produce from wind energy, the practices are increasing across the United States. Wind energy can be used in nearly 50% of US territory, including West Texas. Since 2005, giant wind turbines have been installed along Interstate 20 on both sides of the highway, and encompassed thousands of acres of West Texas. While changeability of wind speed and high construction cost are seen as negatives of wind energy, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Wind energy is favorable to climate conditions and its benefits incldue: • Wind energy as a renewable energy source. • Wind energy as a pollution-free energy source. • Wind energy as a very abundant energy source in many parts of the USA. • Wind energy is widely used to generate electricity. • Wind energy is the most used continue


  • Abilene High Lift and the Future of Wind Energy

    The Wind Farming business is booming. In the U.S. Alone, wind energy produces 16,000,000,000 kWh per year. That’s enough to power 1.6 million homes! With an average growth rate of 25 percent between 2006 and 2011, wind power was the fastest-growing renewable energy source, according to the International Energy Agency. By the closing of 2013, global wind power capacity was 318 GW, up from just 18 GW at the turn of the century. A new study by Grand View Research, Inc. found that global capacity could reach 760 GW by 2020. Consistently proving itself to be one of the most promising renewable energy sources, wind energy has produced an industry with exponential growth. It is the best viable contender we currently have against fossil fuels and in many parts of the world is cheap as coal. What is the future of wind energy and what needs will arise as farms continue


  • The Impact of Texas Wind Energy

    The Impact of Texas Wind Energy The State of Texas can proudly boast that it is the national leader in wind energy. At the close of 2013, the lone star state had the most installed wind capacity of any state with about 12,300 megawatts. It has more wind turbines and more wind-related jobs than any other state. The wind energy industry in Texas has created thousands of jobs and provided billions of dollars in economic benefits. Why Texas? Wind power has a long history in the Lone Star State. West Texas State University began wind energy research in 1970 and led to the formation of the Alternative Energy Institute (AEI) in 1977. AEI has been a major information resource about wind energy for Texas. There are now over 25 large wind farms operating in Texas and more on the way (This number doesn’t include the smaller farms that are less continue


  • The Future Of Wind Energy In Texas

    West Texas has been experiencing the boom of the shale oil industry over the past few years. Midland/Odessa in particular is feeling the boom in their economy from the fossil fuel sector of the energy business, increasing jobs and local revenues across the board. New shale wells and pipelines are being dug in the Sweetwater, Snyder and areas west of Abilene. Yet the wind energy revolution of 2005, that put giant wind turbines along Interstate 20 on both sides of the highway, and encompassed thousands of acres of West Texas made headlines when billionaire T Boone Pickens invested millions in the burgeoning green energy endeavor. What has happened to that investment? Is wind energy in trouble with shale oil once again bringing Texas oil back? On the contrary, Texas is in the process of starting a $7 billion wind energy project that will provide over 18,000 megawatts of energy power continue


  • Wind Turbine Blade Repair Texas

    Wind turbine blades are very large and some are getting bigger. As the size of the blades increase, so does the likelihood of them being damaged. Wind turbine blade repair in Texas is important since Texas is one of the leading states for wind farms. Where does the damage come from? Damage to wind turbine blades can happen as early as when they are created. Since the blades are a composite material, they are prone to damage. The damage can happen as early as when they are being de-molded or moved around the actual factory. After the blades are created they must then be hauled over large distances. During the transportation the blades could see damage as well. The blades are so large that they must be manipulated with various forklifts, trucks, and cranes that all increase the risk of damage. After the wind turbine blade has reached its destination continue