December 7, 2022 (Urbandale, Iowa) DICA announces that the International Union of Operating Engineers’ (IUOE) Training Center in Crosby, Texas has received a set of FiberMax Crane Pads to use with its two new all-terrain cranes.
As one of the IUOE’s equipment partners, these FiberMax 6x4x6 crane pads join other DICA products already in use at the training center. DICA products on site include SafetyTech and FiberTech Outrigger Pads, ProStack engineered cribbing blocks, and TrainSmart Pole Barrier Systems, which were provided to the IUOE Texas Training Center when it first opened in 2018.
The IUOE Texas Training Center features the latest equipment and products. To support its new all-terrain crane operator training course, the IUOE has added a 100-ton Grove GMK4100 and a 175-ton Link-Belt 175-AT.
Jim Flannery, Equipment Superintendent for the IUOE’s Training Center said he first considered welding steel plate for the crane mats. “But the cost of that was significant, plus that’s heavier than the FiberMax crane pads,” he said. The 6” thick pads providing 24 square feet of area weigh just 570 pounds each.
“FiberMax Crane Pads are engineered to optimize rigidity and minimize weight. They do not absorb water or chemicals, are easy to clean, and simple to use. All pads are available in multiple lifting and stacking options to make handling and storage easier,” said Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA.
Dave Beck, DICA Sales Fitting Consultant, assisted Flannery in selecting the specific FiberMax Crane Pads that would work for both new cranes. “We provided them with the crane models, load charts, and desired ground bearing pressures. They plugged that into their formula and came back with this option,” said Flannery.
“Crane pad selection is specific to the equipment loads and the customers allowable ground bearing pressure,” explains Beck. “We provided a FIT Assessment for each make and model of crane to assist in the product selection process. This information resulted in IUOE selecting our 6 in. thick FiberMax Crane Pads to meet the facility’s everyday lifting requirements,” he said.
“It’s really easy to get the crane setup on these pads, which is part of the training exercise,” said Flannery. “The crane is moved into position and sets up on half-extended outriggers. The crane pads arrive on a truck and the crane picks up all four at once and places each one, then we fully extend the outriggers onto the pads. They are also easy to clean. They should look nice for a long time to come,” he said.
Following the initial AT crane operator class held in October, apprentices were impressed with the FiberMax Crane Pads. “Yeah, they all wish they had them on their jobs,” said Flannery.