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A success for the first edition of the ALIPA Lifting Day

The ALIPA Group’s Lifting Division organised the first edition of the ALIPA Lifting Day. Intended exclusively for its customers, the purpose of this day of training is to introduce the regulatory requirements that apply to lifting and securing loads. The first edition was very successful in achieving the maximum number of participants!

The use of lifting devices and accessories is governed by specific regulations involving equipment choices, checks, conditions of use, and maintenance as well as staff training.

Une réussite pour la première édition du ALIPA Lifting Day

CODIPRO and LIFTEUROP are experts in the lifting industry. These companies wanted to share their knowledge: “When using lifting accessories, standards need to be met. Whether it is the operator, the safety advisor or the sales representative, it is important for each person in the company knows the rules in force relating to lifting. Raising awareness of how to properly use lifting accessories means getting involved in improving safety in the various industries!” says Christophe Losange, Lifting Department Manager.

Luxcontrol’s involvement and practical exercise

The day started with a presentation by Technical Manager Gaëtan Lambert on the regulatory requirements pertaining to lifting. Participants then (re)learned about the lifting solutions provided by CODIPRO and LIFTEUROP with Technical Representative Ferry Plattes. After touring the workshops and enjoying a well-deserved lunch, Luxcontrol explained the legal requirements in place when it comes to workplace safety in the industrial sector.

Une réussite pour la première édition du ALIPA Lifting Day

The afternoon concluded with a practical exercise! A truck and loads were provided to the participants so that they could practice securing the loads.

Satisfied participants

After this activity-filled day, participants received a diploma and a small gift. Philippe Schwindling, Safety Coordinator at Contern SA was pleased with how things went on this day: “It went really well. We were able to address various issues through several workshops. A day like this one, also provides an opportunity to discuss the best lifting and securing practices with the other companies in attendance.

STAS-LIFTEUROP improves its RSB system

The STAS-LIFTEUROP workshop is constantly changing and just acquired a new riveting hammer for the manufacture of its slings with steel chain links. This new machine is designed to speed up work and to improve the quality of these chain link straps.

STAS-LIFTEUROP améliore son système RSB

STAS-LIFTEUROP took this opportunity to review the design and performance of its RSB system, which consists of:

  • a pulley
  • a metal lifting strap
  • a clip
  • a hook

To tell them apart, the clip and hook are now orange, just like the pulley, which now features an axle that is less cumbersome and more visually appealing. The metal lifting strap with chain links is now assembled by a brand new riveting machine. The strength and design of the rivets have therefore been improved.

Rugged and resistant to sharp edges, the RSB system is ideal for handling steel coils. It eliminates the tilting phenomenon, does not damage the coiled steel and allows safe handling. Furthermore, it offers a safety factor of 6 as well as good resistance to temperature, greases and oils.

Thanks to the new riveting hammer, STAS-LIFTEUROP can offer much faster turnarounds: your RSB system can be delivered in 1 week, as opposed to the usual 6 weeks! It is worth noting that, for the time being, only RSB systems with a SWL (safe working load) of 3 tons and 6 tons have been remodelled.

LIFTEUROP: votre système RSB peut être livré en 1 semaine

New product: TAGTOOL

For easy crimping of ALITAG identification plates, STAS-LIFTEUROP presents its crimping tool: the TAGTOOL!

In its range of lifting accessories, STAS-LIFTEUROP features the ALITAG identification plate. It allows you to display the slings’ mechanical constraints and to identify the material. It consists of an aluminium plate and a galvanised or stainless steel crimped cable at one end.

LIFTEUROP-STAS: ALITAG
TAGTOOL: Pour sertir facilement les plaques d’identification ALITAG

However, crimping the other end is rarely an easy task. Let alone the often rudimentary means used to get it done… and the risks associated with it. This is why STAS-LIFTEUROP now offers a crimping tool: the TAGTOOL!

This crimping tool has several advantages:

  • It is easy to use,
  • It is easy to transport,
  • There is no risk of injury to the operator,
  • The aesthetic finish is better: no risk of damaging paint or worse, RFID (radio frequency identification),
  • It is standard, regardless of the ALITAG model among the range of products.

TAGTOOL is therefore the ideal tool for safely crimping ALITAG force plates in any place. Don’t wait any longer! Order it today.

STAS-LIFTEUROP designs an adjustable H-shaped lifting beam

For a company that is active in the railway sector, STAS-LIFTEUROP’s design department designed this specific H-shaped lifting beam. The customer must lift and handle railroad trucks called bogies in order to be able to carry out maintenance on them.

The bogie is the trolley located under the railway vehicle. It is mobile in relation to the chassis of the vehicle and enables it to correctly orient itself on curves. A complete bogie, i.e. with wheels, axles and motor, can weigh up to 19 tons!

STAS-LIFTEUROP conçoit un palonnier en H réglable

Special feature of this lifting beam: it is adjustable. Although the bogie has just one axle, the customer can nonetheless adjust the lifting beam to find the right centre of gravity. The weight is spread out and the part can be completely balanced when lifted.

Furthermore, to facilitate the storage and handling of the lifting beam when not in use, STAS-LIFTEUROP built a custom-made trolley to avoid placing the lifting beam on the floor.

A design department committed to customer service

Recently restructured, the design department now works for the ALIPA Group’s entire Lifting Division. It includes three other individuals working under the leadership of Gaëtan Lambert: Michaël Magerotte, Roland Klenes and our new engineer, Thomas Beco.

Un bureau d’études au service du client

 The design department addresses specific technical requests of our customers. It also develops new products and ensures they meet the standards and regulations in force. Whether we are dealing with lifting beams or specific slinging devices, handling projects go through the design department.

Their tasks range far and wide: they review specifications, perform modelling (constraint analysis, digital simulation, etc.), conduct physical tests at the workshop and on a sub-contract basis (tensile test load, break load, etc.) and finalise approval.

Gaetan Lambert: Technical Manager LIFTEUROP

Gaetan Lambert, Technical Manager

« I train the design department team. I am in charge of managing customer projects and Innovation projects as part of product development. I also share my expertise with the technical standardisation committee and I represent the ALIPA Group and CISMA. »

Thomas Beco, Ingénieur bureau d’études - LIFTEUROP

Thomas Beco, Engineer – Lifting Department

« I respond to the technical and specific requests of customers. There is also extracurricular work involved in understanding all of the standards and mastering everything in order to provide the best solution for the customer. »

Roland Klenes: Technical Designer LIFTEUROP

Roland Klenes, Technical Designer

« I take part in the development and creation of specific lifting systems (design, pre-sizing and plan layout). I also conduct 3D animation when working on technical solutions. »

Michael Magerotte - Products Responsible LIFTEUROP

Michaël Magerotte, Products Responsible

« I offer technical solutions based on the customer’s request. I independently process files governed by a certification process. »

CODIPRO presents its new corporate video

After the launch of the new GRADUP range of products, CODIPRO is pleased to present its new corporate video!

An updated version

Dynamic and fairly short, CODIPRO preferred a video that would be easy to watch from anywhere (at home, at work, or at a trade show, and even while using public transport, etc.).

Currently, there are fewer people who have the opportunity to watch a video with sound. This is why we opted for a video with catchy captions, instead of the voice-over feature,” Director Christophe Losange added.

Don’t wait any longer, act now to discover CODIPRO’s new video!

ALITRACER: a neutral system that facilitates inspections

Launched in 2016, the ALITRACER application is developing nicely! Over 20 Luxembourg, French and Italian companies use this traceability tool specifically designed for lifting. Below is what David Collignon, Electro-mechanical IT technician at steelmaker ArcelorMittal’s Differdange site, has to say about ALITRACER

Since its launch in July 2016, ALITRACER has been making great progress. The ArcelorMittal Differdange site now works with this traceability application to manage its lifting accessories. The tool makes routine inspections easier and quicker. “We were looking for a tool to facilitate the inspection and monitoring of our lifting accessories. We have almost 2,000 of them in the steel mill alone. We have definitely saved time in these regulatory inspections! All you have to do is encode the serial number directly in the smartphone or scan the QR code to have access to all the information. That way you avoid mistakes when copying the figures”, says David Collignon.

ALITRACER : un système neutre qui facilite les contrôles - LIFTEUROP

Digital serial numbers

In addition to the quick and easy access, ALITRACER gives you digital access to the general information about the accessories. “As of now, we have the serial number displayed on the lifting accessory, on the ALITAG and in the application. There is no longer any risk of “losing” the serial number. The same is true for the Certificates of Compliance, Use Recommendations, and so on. For production, we are going to test the stainless steel ALITAGs which will be even more resistant,” Mr Collignon confided.

A neutral system

ALITRACER is available regardless of the brand or supplier of the lifting equipment and accessories. The system can also be used for any equipment that must be routinely inspected: crane bridges, extinguishers, ladders, etc. “LIFTEUROP is a manufacturer of lifting accessories, but the company is also able to advise us on neutral software that makes our routine inspections easier!” concludes David Collignon. Originally developed for end users, it turns out that the software is also of interest to distributors and inspection bodies. ALITRACER, which has just been translated into Italian, still has its best years to come.

The RSB system video

Since this newsletter is about digitization, LIFTEUROP is pleased to introduce you to one of its products, the RSB lifting system… in video!

The RSB system (reference 441) eliminates the tilting phenomenon, does not damage the coiled steel and allows safe handling.

Robust and resistant to sharp edges, it offers a safety factor of 6:1 as well as good resistance to temperature, greases and oils.

Delivered with a CE certificate. Specific markings ensure separate traceability.

The RSB system (reference 441) is made of:

  • a pulley
  • a metal lifting strap
  • a clip
  • a hook

STAS-LIFTEUROP designs a lifting beam with load-bearing welds

STAS-LIFTEUROP has designed a lifting beam with weld-on hoist hooks for a company active in the nuclear industry. A customized and above all exceptional lifting solution that met the customer’s requirements!

 

STAS-LIFTEUROP: palonnier avec crochets et soudures portantes

All lifting beams designed by STAS-LIFTEUROP are usually mechanically welded structures. In other words, an assembly of parts welded together. This assembly is what carries the load!

The bespoke lifting beam is the exception, which proves the rule! In fact, in this case the welds bear the load. Our design office had no other choice given the constraints with which the customer was faced: a limited ceiling height.

To limit the height lost, i.e., the height between the customer’s lifting apparatus and the lifting beam’s hook, the hooks were welded onto the main section. Thus we were able to reduce the space lost to the hooks.

STAS-LIFTEUROP: palonnier avec crochets et soudures portantes

This lifting beam with weld-on hoist hooks had to be inspected by an authorized body: SOCOTEC Belgium. It has an SWL of 7.5 tonnes with a safety factor of 3:1.

Laser etching and 3D printing at STAS-LIFTEUROP!

STAS-LIFTEUROP: gravure laser

STAS-LIFTEUROP is constantly developing and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies in the lifting sectors. Over the past few weeks, two new machines have been installed in our workshops. They will improve the quality of our products and our customer service!

Every lifting accessory that leaves the STAS-LIFTEUROP workshops has its own individual marking. These were previously engraved by micro-percussion. From now on, most of the markings will be engraved by laser!

We can now engrave all the parts and on any part of them! With micro-percussion, you had to make sure the part was held stable and would not move with the vibrations. In addition, the engravings on the smaller accessories were not very legible. From now on, it will be so much easier!” said Raphaël Bozet, Workshop Manager.

The quality and sharpness of the markings are considerably improved. This means that STAS-LIFTEUROP can accept more specific requests with smaller markings on accessories which are more difficult to engrave such as shackles, hooks etc. “The laser engraver also avoids paint fragmentation. The customer’s part remains intact, with a deeply imprinted marking”, adds Raphaël Bozet.

STAS-LIFTEUROP: impression 3D

STAS-LIFTEUROP is also equipped with a 3D printer which enables the Design Department to improve its ideas and specific design solutions, notably by printing prototypes in-house.