Region: Americas

The Alimak Scando 650 is renowned in the construction industry for its supreme flexibility designed to meet the varied requirements of a wide array of construction projects.

The unique construction project for MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas relied on 18 Alimak Scando 650 construction hoists which needed to be effectively adapted for the specific tasks involved and the installation of one of the world’s largest high-definition screens.

The sphere-shaped arena itself will be a major 17,500 seat entertainment destination for music and sports events, reaching 110 metres (360 feet) in height and 152 metres (500 feet) across. Perhaps the most impressive defining feature of the area is its exterior which will form a video wall of staggering scale, with over 58 km (36 miles) of LED lights and a 250-million-pixel screen with 19,000 by 13,500 HD resolution.

The requirements of this bold construction project required tailored functionality and a wide range of features outside the capabilities of standard construction hoist applications. The impressive adaptability of the Alimak Scando 650 construction hoist allowed for a comprehensive vertical access system to be developed for the unique needs of the MSG Sphere. Utilising 3D BIM modelling in the design stage, while coordinating with Alimak’s proven ability in engineering and production, delivered an outcome suited to these specific requirements.

A rental package of 18 Scando 650 construction hoists provided a tailored and practical vertical access solution for working at height when transporting both personnel and materials. The range of cars supplied will provide ideal flexibility throughout the construction project, facilitating multiple types of attachment processes with varied car sizes, types and entry/exit points. 3D BIM modelling, alongside the expertise of the Alimak design and engineering teams in leveraging the potential of the Scando 650 hoist, offered peace of mind on the successful execution of the bespoke vertical access solution.

Total Grain Marketing (TGM) is a full service grain company, meeting the grain demands of their producers and consumers. TGM was established in 2006 as a venture between Effingham-Clay Service Company, GROWMARK Inc., and Wabash Valley Service Company. TGM is one of the largest non-multinational grain companies in the state of Illinois, and supports end users in the areas of milling, ethanol, feed, grain processors, export and pet food. 

The TGM Casey IL Facility went through a renovation project in 2013, which replaced two aging receiving legs, one of which had a small, traction man lift attached to it. The removal of this Traction Man Lift allowed the Casey facility to increase the size of the interior legs and better serve their customers by increasing their dumping capacity per hour. As part of the renovation TGM wanted to find a cost effective alternative to the man lift that was located within the trunking of the existing legs. 

The application of an Alimak SE300 Model elevator (man lift) was selected by TGM/GROWMARK as a cost-effective product for this facility. The man lift was easily installed on the existing concrete silo, by the addition of a concrete foundation at the base, and platform extension at the top of the silo. This installation was performed by TGM’s Millwrights, with final inspection and testing of the unit by AHI.  

Alimak’s unique rack and pinion drive design and rugged car and electrical components are specifically designed for outdoor use and avoid the need for an enclosed hoist way and separate supporting structure.  

The installed SE300 DOL elevator (man lift) features Single automatic operation. It has a capacity of 660 lbs (2 person design), a lifting height of 128.5 feet and 2 landings. The car travels at 140 fpm and is attached to a pre-existing concrete silo. The elevator (man lift) has an above ground pit and stair platform assembly that was furnished by Alimak. 

The design is very easily incorporated onto the exterior of existing structures, as at this TGM facility.  

Alimak is proud to have provided the man lift on the Casey, IL Facility, as this location provides for outbound distribution of approximately 20 million bushels of grain per year. 

Alimak, with its Alimak elevator (man lift) and hoist products and mast climbing work platforms, is the world leader in rack & pinion driven vertical access solutions. Alimak elevators (man lifts) and hoists have been installed in over 1000 power plants worldwide on a variety of structures. In the US, over 700 such installations exist, many on chimneys, silos, and other industrial structures.  

Alimak, has many years of experience in installing Alimak elevator equipment in industrial environments, and can provide technical assistance in evaluating the best location and solution for your installation. After installation, Alimak’s USA team of nationwide service professionals remains committed to satisfaction and can provide a range of parts, service, and maintenance solutions tailored to any operator’s needs. 

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Started in 1927 by Illinois Farm Bureau members, Growmark Grain Systems is a regional cooperative that provides agriculture-related products, services and grain marketing in the Midwest and Ontario, Canada.  

The Eastern Grain Marketing Kankakee Shuttle Loading Facility is a custom-designed, green field elevator facility. It was designed and is currently managed by Growmark Grain Systems. Growmark Grain Systems constructed the state-of-the-art facility using only the best quality products for dependability. The facility can hold two million bushels in storage space at the shuttle location.  

The application of an Alimak SE300 Model elevator (man lift) was selected by Growmark as a cost-effective product for this green field facility. The man lift was easily installed on the leg support tower, constructed by LeMar Industries, which serves as the back bone to the facility design. 

The Alimak SE300 elevator (man lift) will allow on-site personnel access to critical tower landings, several times a day. In addition, personnel will be able to transfer maintenance equipment (such as gearbox oil) and repair components using the 660 lbs capacity unit.  

Alimak’s unique rack and pinion drive design and rugged car and electrical components are specifically designed for outdoor use and avoid the need for an enclosed hoist way and separate supporting structure.  

The installed SE 300 VFC elevator (man lift) features full collective operation – 2 Car Doors (enter at grade on one side of car and exit off onto platform levels at opposite side). It has a capacity of 660 lbs (2 person design), a lifting height of 196 feet and 6 landings. The car travels at 118 fpm and is attached to the LeMar Industries Tower system. The elevator (man lift) has an above ground pit and stair platform assembly that was furnished by Alimak. 

This design is very easily incorporated onto the exterior of new structures, as at this EGM facility, but is also easily retrofit onto existing grain facility structures (steel towers or concrete silo structures) as needed. Alimak is proud to support the Kankakee Shuttle Loading Facility, which provides for outbound distribution of Corn (approximately 440,000 bushels via rail) and Soy Beans (40-50 Containers) per day.  

Alimak, with its Alimak elevator (man lift) and hoist products and mast climbing work platforms, is the world leader in rack & pinion driven vertical access solutions. Alimak elevators (man lifts) and hoists have been installed in over 1000 power plants worldwide on a variety of structures. In the US, over 700 such installations exist, many on chimneys, silos, and other industrial structures.  

Alimak, has many years of experience in installing Alimak elevator equipment in industrial environments, and can provide technical assistance in evaluating the best location and solution for your installation. After installation, Alimak’s USA team of nationwide service professionals remains committed to satisfaction and can provide a range of parts, service, and maintenance solutions tailored to any operator’s needs. 

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Two Alimak rack and pinion elevators were installed on transmission towers along the Amazon River. With each tower as tall as the Eiffel tower, the Alimak elevators provide access for critical servicing and maintenance. 

A pair of Alimak rack and pinion elevators were installed to provide vertical access to two tubular towers carrying a 500 kV power cable across the Amazon River in Brazil. Located near the Equator, and with the nearest village of Almeirim an hour’s travel by speedboat, the environment would prove challenging for any elevator company. 

Tallest in South America  

At heights of 295 metres, the transmission towers are the tallest of their kind in South America. With three 500 kV power lines and two 230 kV lines, the power line systems stretches 1,240 km through the Amazon rainforest. Each Alimak elevator reaches lifting heights of 288.6 metres and features Alimak’s proven rack and pinion drive system. 

Access to cable stays and aircraft warning lights  

Alimak takes great pride in participating in the project, having been awarded the contract for supply and installation of two rack and pinion elevators by contractor, Isolux Corsan. Installed by Alimak and commissioned in March 2013, the elevators allow service and maintenance personnel to access power cable stays and aircraft warning lights located on each tower. 

Elevator design  

Alimak elevators are designed to operate in the most demanding industrial environments around the world, both outdoors and within building structures. The Alimak rack and pinion drive system offers advantages over wire rope and hydraulic elevators: by carrying its own machinery, the Alimak elevator does not require an expensive machine room or load-bearing elevator shaft. The rack and pinion elevator also offers a safety advantage over traction elevators: in a power outage, the car uses gravity and a centrifugal brake system to slide back to the nearest landing at a controlled speed. Should the elevator car exceed the rated speed when descending, the car is stopped automatically by the Alimak safety device. The Alimak range of industrial elevators offers capacities of between 300 kg — 2,400 kg, and features 30 different standard car sizes up to a maximum 1.56 m x 3.0 m. Travel speeds of up to 1.0 m/s may be reached, with maximum lifting heights of 250 m achievable with standard accessories. Specially-designed elevators with capacities of up to 24-tons and 645 metre lifting heights may also be supplied on request. 

Located near the Equator, the central Amazon rainforest boasts extreme heat, humidity and heavy rains… a challenging environment for any elevator company. Alimak rack and pinion elevators adapt well to extreme environments, tight spaces and windy conditions, climbing to the very top of the highest structures around the world. 

Experienced supplier 

Alimak has considerable experience with installations within the power industry. Alimak elevators can be found on chimneys, silos, boilers, scrubbers, absorbers, precipitators and more, worldwide. Ideally suited for operation in even the most extreme environments, the durable nature of the Alimak SE range of elevators has made it the perfect access solution for the most demanding conditions. From the freezing and exposed conditions of the Antarctic and Iceland, to the extreme heat of the Australian desert, Alimak elevators are built to last in world’s toughest environments. 

Alimak installations in extreme environments around the world include:  

  • Halley Research Station, Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica; 1 goods elevator  
  • Arab Potash Plant, Dead Sea, Jordan; 5 elevators  
  • Fjardaál Aluminium Smelter, Reydarfjordur, Iceland; 1 elevator  
  • Chimney Stacks, Mt Isa Mine, Australia; 2 elevators  
  • Yangtze River Crossing, Jiangsu Province, China; 2 elevators 

ELEVATOR DETAILS  

Location: Almeirim, Para, Brazil  

Installation year: 2013  

Application: Electricity transmission towers  

Elevator type: Rack and Pinion  

Elevator model: Alimak SE 500 FC  

No. of elevators: 2  

Capacity: 500 kg (6 persons)  

Elevator car size: 0.78 m 1.56 m 2.17 m (W x L x H)  

Speed: 0.8 m/s

Lifting height: 288.6 m  

No. of landings: 7 

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An Alimak SE-H rack and pinion elevator was installed to provide vertical access for frequent upkeep and maintenance of a flue gas desulfurization system at a power plant near New Haven, WA, USA. 

The large capacity elevator ensures the plant can stay on top of the maintenance, without the need for a crane. 

The AEP Mountaineer Power Plant is a coal-fired, 1300 megawatt generating facility located near New Haven, West Virginia. To achieve this output of electricity AEP Mountaineer burns an average of 9,000 tons to 12,000 tons of coal a day. AEP has added to this plant state of the art emission control equipment. One piece of this system is a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system. FGD systems, commonly known as “scrubbers”, will help keep the plant in compliance with environmental regulations by reducing the sulfur dioxide emissions. The FGD building is running constantly and it requires frequent upkeep and maintenance. The plant decided they needed a large capacity elevator to stay on top of the maintenance, without the need for a crane. AEP Mountaineer chose an Alimak SE-H 2700 rack and pinion elevator with a 2,700 kg capacity (near 6000 lb). By installing a large permanent elevator on the FGD building they can get personnel plus their heavy tools, large equipment and specialized parts to the top of the FGD building at any moment. This may minimize unplanned outages if the scrubber goes down because they can start repair work instantly. Alimak rack and pinion elevators can be placed in environments where traditional traction elevators cannot, for several reasons: 

  • Alimak elevator can be installed onto the existing structure in a number of places because it requires no hoist way or machine room 
  • It is vertically self-supporting and imposes only relatively small tie-in loads on the existing structure 
  • The elevator can be installed inside or outside, with or without a below grade pit 
  • Alimak’s rugged, industrial grade elevators 
  • come in many sizes and capacities and can be tailored to fit in nearly any situation 

Alimak, with an extensive line of elevator and hoist products, and mast climbing work and transport platforms has been the world leader in rack and pinion driven vertical access solutions for over 50 years. Elevators and hoists from Alimak have been installed in numerous power plants worldwide on a variety of structures. 

ELEVATOR DETAILS 

Location: AEP Mountaineer Station New Haven, WV, USA 

Application: Flue Gas Desulfurization 

Elevator type: Rack and pinion 

Elevator model: Alimak SE-H 2700 FC 

Capacity: 2,700 kg (5,950 lbs) 

Elevator car size: (W x L) 1.56 m x 3.38 m (5’ – 1 3/8” x 11’ – 1 1/8”) 

Elevator car height: 2.35 m (7´- 8 1/2”) 

Speed: 42 m (140 ft) 

Lifting height: 80 m 

No of landings: 5 

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