After 46 years in operation as a Caterpillar® sales and repair shop in Kansas City, Missouri, Dean Machinery Co., determined it had outgrown its facility. As a recognized leader in Caterpillar equipment solutions, plans were developed for a larger shop that could satisfy the handling capacities required to service the oversized equipment; mainly heavy excavating units. “As Caterpillar equipment got bigger, the need for a larger facility became evident. They (Dean Machinery) just outgrew the facility,” comments Robert Bryon, Construction Manager for Dean Realty.
As their main hub for Caterpillar sales and service in the Kansas City area, Dean worked with a facility planning group from Caterpillar to develop a footprint for the new building. Lifting heavy equipment played a vital role in the planning process; all Caterpillar equipment serviced here requires hoisting. The crane specifications included load and lifting capacities ranging from 1 ton to 15 tons; to be installed in all work areas of the facility.
With the focus on lifting equipment as the crucial installment in the new facility, Dean Machinery began the second tier of the building process: looking for an equipment dealer that could provide a high volume of dependable, easy-to-maintain cranes and hoists. After a competitive bid process, ACCENT Sales and Service Company Inc. was awarded the project. ACCENT sales engineer Alan Koch had already chosen a manufacturer who could quickly and efficiently integrate a high number of crane and hoist components in a cost-effective and orderly manner. “I knew that R&M Materials Handling Inc. offered the broad range of capacities and products required to do the job,” notes Koch.
R&M offered a combination of overhead bridge cranes and hoists that could efficiently assemble and disassemble both smaller and heavier parts of the Caterpillar equipment. A total of 46 pieces of lifting equipment was specified for the new facility. ACCENT ordered pre-engineered QX® Modular Crane packages for designing, fabricating, and installing 13 overhead bridge cranes. The crane packages consisted of top running motorized bridge cranes, both single girder and double girder for lifting heavier parts. Each was equipped with R&M Spacemaster® SX Wire Rope Hoists for easy load handling of up to 15 tons. The large drum diameter of the Spacemaster SX provided near true vertical lift with a single reeved hoist, and the shorter frame allowed for closer end approaches.
“Dean Machinery has always used chain hoists, and we have the Spacemaster SX on some of this new equipment. The technology has advanced and we are much happier with the speed of the wire rope. It is much quicker and smoother, and I think they have a lot more maneuverability,” adds Robert Bryon. “I have heard nothing but high praise for the equipment that was installed. It works beautifully for them.”
R&M Materials Handling, Inc.
4501 Gateway Blvd
Springfield, OH 45502