Handling Concrete Applications Part 2: Parking and Commercial Buildings

Precast and pre-stressed concrete can come in many different configurations depending on the intended end use and the engineer’s design, so Shuttlelift offers four different models of industrial mobile gantry cranes to make sure customers get a perfect fit for any job. In Part 1 of our three-part series, we discussed how Shuttlelift rubber-tired gantry cranes could be used to handle precast girder sections and segmental pieces found in bridge work. Today, we are going to dive into some of the more common manufactured precast prestressed concrete components, double tees and wall panels used in parking garages and commercial buildings.

Double Tees

The double tee is primarily used as a floor and roof component and is an engineered precast concrete building section commonly found in modern parking structures and other commercial construction applications. The combination of maximum strength, faster construction, and unparalleled durability make it a cost-effective and unique solution for engineers and design-build teams around the world.

Typically, precast concrete double tees measure at a flange width of 8-12 ft. and an average span length of 25-55 ft.; however, today double tees continue to span longer distances than ever before – making it a challenge to find the right lifting solution to haul and maneuver them around the yard.

Shuttlelift double beam mobile gantry crane picking double teeOne way to handle these massive pieces of concrete using a mobile gantry crane is with the DB (or Double Beam) Series gantry crane. With lifting points often at the ends of the double tees, a single machine is more than likely going to need a long spreader assembly to assist in the process. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the longer the spreader, the heavier it becomes. Therefore, the additional weight needs to be taken into account and added to the weight of the load to assess the proper load rating of your machine.  With moveable pick points on our wide variety of custom engineered and manufactured spreader assemblies, the Shuttlelift DB Series overhead crane can support a variety of heavy loads for stripping, storing and loading product.

Shuttlelift SB series cranes making tandem pickAs mentioned in our previous post, the SB Series gantry crane is ideal for making tandem picks. In comparison, with just a single hook, there is no need for a spreader assembly to perform tandem carry applications. Because there is no need for a spreader, Shuttlelift SB gantry cranes allow you to maximize full capacity under each hook without having to deduct from the overall capacity of the crane.  This may be a more economical solution depending on the parts being lifted and the layout of the site. Less structure also gives the SB style gantry cranes increased maneuverability when working in tighter spaces.

Wall Panels/Architectural panels

Precast wall panels are designed for structural integrity and architectural beauty – making them ideal for building warehouses, schools, offices, retail stores, and other commercial buildings. When flipping and moving precast wall panels, there is one RTG crane that will work best for your business.

The DB Series gantry crane offers a dual-trolley option which provides two hook points per trolley beam. Spacing can be fixed or have powered variable spacing to accommodate specific load pick points. This is often used where panels are stripped flat, and tipping of the product is not required.

When turning panels for storage or shipping, Shuttlelift’s patented powered APHS (or Auxiliary Powered Hoist System) is the perfect solution. This auxiliary winch system can act independently of the main hoists – making it easy to flip panels and other product while reducing the chance of damage to the panel or crane.

Powered APHS gives the operator full proportional control from the cab or standard radio remote control transmitter. This is important when comparing the right equipment for your yard as other systems use a freewheeling aux. hoist system, which relies on gravity. The freewheeling system can shock load your crane resulting in component damaged and reduced life of the crane.