1.5 Million-Pound Lift: The Heavy Lift and Haul Project at a Michigan Refinery

Market: Refining

Location: Michigan

Project Dates: 04/2010 – 07/2011

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The Challenge

A customer hired Barnhart to provide engineering, project management, supervision, craft, and equipment to transport and set more than 90 pieces of refinery equipment, weighing anywhere from 60,000 to 1,500,000 pounds. Continue reading

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Barnhart Transports 343,600-Pound, 150′ Long Chemical Reactor Over Mountains

Market: Heavy Haul

Location: North Carolina and Tennessee

Project Dates: 08/2011

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The Challenge

A customer contracted Barnhart to transport a 150’ long, 343,600-pound chemical reactor vessel over a distance of 760 miles, which included travel through small towns and tight turns and traversing long bridges and steep mountains. Continue reading

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Safe, Reliable, and Cost-Effective: the Modular Lift Tower, Part III

In the two previous articles (Part I and Part II), we demonstrated the growing need for a lifting device that rivaled cumbersome heavy lift cranes. Barnhart’s engineers solved this problem by creating the highly versatile Modular Lift Tower (MLT).

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While this machine is highly effective in major lifts, its design is also intrinsically safe. Barnhart engineers, as always, made safety a priority from developing the concept of the tower to every lift it makes. The latest in computer modeling, frequent tests, and third party reviews have simply proved the MLT’s reliability and safety. Continue reading

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Versatility and Portability of the Modular Lift Tower, Part II

The brilliant engineers at Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co., headed by Chief Engineer Eric Barnhart, came up with the design for the Modular Lift Tower in the mid 1990’s. They simply sought a low-cost, safe, and highly versatile alternative to heavy lift cranes. They undoubtedly exceeded their goal with the debut of the Modular Lift Tower (MLT) in 1996.

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The beauty of Barnhart’s MLT lies in its almost unlimited heavy lifting capacity, its seemingly boundless versatility, and its highly efficient portability. Continue reading

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Engineering Promptly Finishes a Turbine and Generator Haul and Minimizes Transport Costs

Market: Power

Location: North Carolina

Project Dates: 03/2011

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The Challenge

A customer contracted Barnhart to haul, lift, and set steam equipment after the project had already been started. Starting behind schedule forced the team to work quickly.

The Solution

Engineering meetings and prompt responses to customer requests kept the project on schedule, while their design for an adapter plate to combine the Marino girder/track to the Barnhart gantry track instrumentally minimized transport costs. Continue reading

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Tri-Bar and Tri-Block Systems Solve an Almost Impossible Stripper Vessel Removal and Replacement

Market: Chemical

Location: Oklahoma

Project Dates: September 16, 2010

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The Challenge

A customer tasked Barnhart to remove and replace a 125,000-pound stripper vessel from a height of 80’ above the equipment, an impossible task without disassembly of the unit and the removal of other, much larger equipment.

The Solution

The team used the tri-bar and tri-block system, which allowed them to work from both the top and side of the unit that stored the vessel. Continue reading

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Barnhart Transports Cold Box over 400 Miles

Market: Chemical

Location: Tennessee

Project Dates: 12/2010

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The Challenge

Narrow turns and obstructions clouded Barnhart’s route when a customer asked the company to transport a cold box across town. Continue reading

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Facebook Job Fair: Oklahoma City Branch Looking for Crane Operators and Superintendent

Listen up, crane operators, Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co. is hiring at its Oklahoma City branch. Not only is this a great place to work, but the city has much to offer as well.

Just ninety minutes from Tulsa, and three hours from Dallas, Oklahoma City provides a great environment to live and raise a family. From the National Cowboy and Western Museum and retail attractions in Bricktown to a plethora of sports teams to root for, Oklahoma City has something for everyone. Continue reading

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Barnhart’s Modular Lift Tower: A Perfect Response to Industry Demands, Part I

Many large, heavy lift projects require work in subpar conditions. Congested power plants, refineries, and factories complicate the lifting and transport processes: laying down equipment, setting up and tearing down machinery, and allowing entry for cranes or other lifting devices.

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In the nation’s very competitive construction industry, developers constantly call for the use of bigger and bigger equipment in smaller and smaller project spaces. Many times the site’s ground conditions will restrict the use of heavy lift cranes and trailers. Continue reading

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Custom Stands and Hydronics Unit Speed Up Commercial Cargo Removal and Replacement

Market: Commercial

Location: California

Project Dates: 12/2010

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The Challenge

A customer tasked Barnhart to unload eleven rail car shells for a cargo ship, store the cars on site to allow for the unloading of other cargo below the shells, and then load the shells back onto the ship. Continue reading

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