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A Custom Below the Hook Lifter Designed by Hunter Lift is Doing its Job and Taking on Some ‘Heavy Stuff’ at a Fusion Power Generation Project

We wanted to tell you a little bit about our involvement in a New Mexico fusion power generation project. First, let’s define “fusion”: The simple definition of “fusion” is “a combination or mixture of things.” The dictionary also provides a more scientific definition: “the union of atomic nuclei to form heavier nuclei resulting in the release of enormous quantities of energy when certain light elements unite.”

“Fusion power offers the prospect of an almost inexhaustible source of energy for future generations,” according to the World Nuclear Association. “But it also presents so far insurmountable scientific and engineering challenges.”  At Hunter Lift, we welcome all types of “engineering challenges,” so we were honored to have been selected to design and build a custom lift for this fusion project, which could greatly impact the future.

Here’s a summary of what we did: Hunter Lift designed and built a custom below-the-hook lifter that is used to insert a gamma ray detector to detect fusion. Usually, we design lifters capable of lifting up to 300,000 lbs. or so. But this time we designed a below the hook lift capable of handling light loads – from 500 to 1000 lbs.! This specific lift is being used as part of an ignition experiment.

According to government sources, the main goal of ignition experiments is “to create self-sustaining ‘burn’ of fusion fuel (the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium) that produces as much or more energy than the energy required to initiate the fusion reaction – an event called ignition.” Hunter Lift designed and built a CSA rigging fixture that lowers a sensor assembly into a unit where fusion occurs to measure and detect gamma rays emitted during the experiments. (Now, that’s what we mean by “heavy stuff”!)

This is just one example of the many types of lifts we’ve designed for our customers. To learn more about other lifts Hunter Lift has designed and built, visit our website, or give us a call at 800-231-6501.

Preventing, Identifying, and Repairing Cracks in Lifting Equipment

When your business relies upon lifting equipment, it goes without saying that that equipment must be working optimally at all times. There’s no such thing as good enough. But the fact is, with all machinery, problems can arise.

One of the most common problems found within lifting equipment is cracks in the components and welds. When cracks go undetected, propagation occurs quickly, and is always followed by failure.

When this occurs, what started as a small crack ends in disaster.

So why does this happen? First, it’s important to remember that even the best, highest quality lifting equipment is usually subject to significant wear and tear. This machinery is often used in extreme environments with harsh, fluctuating temperatures, corrosive agents, very heavy and unpredictable loads, and unforgiving natural elements. Eventually, these conditions can get the best of any equipment.

Another important factor to keep in mind is that up to 80% of equipment failures are due to improper use and lack of maintenance. After all, these machines are being used by people, and people, no matter how qualified, are not infallible.

The best way to address the environmental and human error factors is through preventative maintenance. Be sure that your personnel  are familiar with ASME Standards related to lifting equipment. This will not only ensure safety but involve careful inspections for cracks, deformations, etc. Have a qualified member of your team inspect the equipment according to these standards.  He or she will be able to identify a small problem before it becomes a big one.

Should you find that your equipment is cracked or damaged, there’s often no need to replace it. Instead, reverse engineering offers an effective, economical, and efficient alternative, replacing the part quickly and getting it back up and running.

While no equipment on earth is guaranteed to last forever without ever experiencing a problem, there are plenty of ways to avoid catastrophe. Start with the best equipment available, then inspect and maintain it regularly. Finally, when issues do arise, have a qualified expert repair it right away.

If you’ve got a question about your equipment or need repairs, contact us anytime for help and advice.

Hunter Lift: A History of Growth, Satisfaction, and Success

hunterlift-liftHunter Lift is now known as a premier manufacturer of the highest quality industrial lifters available. Our products and equipment are  counted on by clients in a range of industries throughout the country. Of course, we are proud of this quality and recognition—but we are equally proud of how far we’ve come in a short amount of time, and how much we’ve grown and evolved to meet each customer’s needs.

We began operations in 2003, initially operating out of a rented facility, where our goal was to increase our market awareness and sales volume, all while manufacturing exceptional equipment, of course. In the past ten years, our business has multiplied by a factor of six, and as we grew, we moved into a 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility.

We are still growing significantly, currently adding an additional 8,000-square-foot facility with a lifting capacity of 50 tons. With each expansion over the past ten years, we’ve been able to reduce the cost of our equipment and directly pass on the savings to our customers, while continuously maintaining and improving our high quality standards.

Staff-3-One of the reasons for this consistent growth and success is our focus on and commitment to customer satisfaction. Our ISO 9001:2008 certification—proof of the quality of our products—has helped us achieve a 99% positive feedback from our customers, which we take very seriously.

In addition to this commitment to service and satisfaction, it is the design of our equipment that truly sets us apart. Unlike some of our industry competitors, we strictly adhere to the design standards set forth by ASME BTH-1. We maintain members on the ASME 830.20 and ASME BTH-1 committees, so that we can remain constantly aware of code changes and so we can provide input on future code changes that would allow for even more efficient and safer designs for our customers.

Through this approach, coupled with our degreed, professional on-staff engineers who are truly the best in the business, we maintain the highest level of success in engineering capabilities. Our engineers custom design each piece of equipment to specifically meet our customers’ needs. Our equipment is robust, meeting the requirements of severe service applications, and ranges in capacity from 300 pounds to 300 tons, and weighs from 30 to 100,000 pounds.

In short, it’s designed to be versatile, to last, to meet all needs, and to be the best. We have grown and flourished because of this, and we have no plans to stop, ever.