Barnhart Crane and Rigging Removes & Re-installs Goodrich Autoclave

Dec 10, 2002

(MOBILE, Ala.)— Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co., a leading provider of heavy rigging and transportation solutions, removed a 165,000-lb. autoclave from one plant site and set the component at another, keeping down-time to a minimum.

Barnhart was contracted by to remove the equipment from the Goodrich Corporation facility in Fairhope, Ala., and re-install it at the company’s Foley, Ala., site.

Barnhart utilized a two crane set up to remove the autoclave, which measured 40 feet in length and had a diameter of 16 feet. The piece was set on a 13-axle Goldhofer platform trailer for the move.

A two crane set up was utilized to unload the autoclave from the trailer, and a gantry jacking system was employed to set the piece. “The easiest way to set the autoclave would be to go in through the roof,” said Barnhart’s Robbie Kee, “but that wasn’t an option for us.” Instead, a wall section at the Foley plant was removed, and the autoclave was rolled into position.

According to Wes Phillips, Maintenance and Facilities team leader, Goodrich, “I’ve been very impressed with Barnhart Crane and Rigging. They are very professional, and their expertise has made my job easier.” Phillips noted that keeping down-time to a minimum was critical to the operation, as the autoclave is the only one the company operates in the region. He indicated that the machine would be fully operational within four to five weeks from the time that it was reinstalled at the Foley plant site.

As part of Goodrich’s Maintenance and Repair Organization, the autoclave utilizes pressure and heat of up to 300 degrees Farenheit to apply adhesive to rebond aircraft parts such as the skin of thrust reversers, bonded panels parts, strut panels and wing assembly tips.

With 2001 sales of $4.2 billion, Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) is a leading worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Goodrich is ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the “Most Admired” aerospace companies and is included on Forbes magazine’s “Platinum List” of America’s best big companies. For more information, visit

Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co., established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of specialized heavy rigging and transportation solutions. The company, with 14 locations across the United States, also provides crane services, machinery moving and plant relocations, as well as project cargo logistics and heavy equipment storage at its 100-acre, 700,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Memphis, Tenn. Barnhart Crane & Rigging, an ISO 9002 certified supplier, also operates terminal facilities at the Port of Memphis, Decatur, Ala., and the deepwater Port of Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit

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