Barge Loading Boom Winch
with Ace World Companies Winches and Magnetek Controls
Engineered Lifting Systems
was contacted earlier this year to design, propose and
provide a pair of new boom winches for unloading barges. The
old booms were being upgraded to heavy units, and the old
winches would not be adequate for the increased capacity.
The requirements for the winches were 123 fpm line speed
with a static load of 12,000 lbs AND fit each winch into a
very small footprint. Another constraint that we had to deal
with was a harsh environment which included dust, dirt,
extreme cold and extreme heat.
What we proposed to the customer was a pair of Ace World
Companies winches (one for each boom) with A150 gearboxes,
50 hp foot mounted NEMA frame 1200 rpm motors, and Mondel
thruster brakes. The Mondel thruster brakes were provided
with external torque springs. Magnetek supplied the controls
for the boom winch which included a Magnetek VG+ Series 3
drives using Avtron Mill Duty 1024 PPR encoders. We also
included motor and control heaters with control panel
heaters and thermostats.
Old boom winch
Existing Boom Winch
NOTE: Cable travel is vertical
New layouts were made for both winches, specific to each
location and its
clearance requirements and serviceability for maintenance.
New Magnetek Controls ready for continuous 24/7, 365
2 weeks old and already covered in dust!
The entire system was
installed and tied into the existing control house for the
barge unloading operation. The units have been operating
without any issue, and are providing consistent control for
If you have a winch
application that needs an expertly designed and installed
upgrade call Engineered Lifting Systems and
let us solve the problem!