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BUSHMAN EQUIPMENT SHIPS LARGEST UPENDER IN COMPANY HISTORY

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BUSHMAN EQUIPMENT SHIPS LARGEST UPENDER IN COMPANY HISTORY


Butler, WI (March, 2014)—Bushman Equipment, a manufacturer of custom-engineered material handling solutions, recently shipped the largest upender in company history. The unit was shipped to a new 350,000 sq. ft. plant built by Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. in Memphis, TN. The upender will be used by Mitsubishi to handle components of the electric power transformers it produces—the largest of which weighs up to 500 tons.

The contract awarded to Bushman called for the design and build of an 80 metric ton (176,370 lb) capacity upender. Bushman application engineer and project manager Jeff Henning said, “We have built bigger capacity units before, but this one is by far the largest physical size and heaviest unit Bushman has ever built—standing over 28 ft tall and weighing 154,000 lbs.”

The upender is unique in that it must support a 110,000 lb transformer coil that rests on a cantilevered hanger that is bolted to the loading platform.  “This creates a completely different force distribution from a normal upender and that really drove up the weight”, said project engineer Marty Schoenecker.

Upender

All Bushman employees in front of the Mitsubishi upender.

After Mitsubishi personnel visited Bushman to conduct and sign off on a successful Factory Acceptance Test, the upender was dismantled and a caravan of four flatbed semis delivered it to the plant site in Memphis. A Bushman subcontractor was on hand to reassemble the machine.

The upender is over 28 ft tall when fully upright.

About Bushman
Bushman Equipment Inc. designs and manufactures material handling solutions in two product segments: 1) Below-the-Hook lifting attachments including C-Hooks, coil grabs, spreader beams, sheet & plate lifters, lifting tongs, rotating axis grabs and more; 2) Floor-Operated equipment includes upenders, inverters, lift tables, transfer cars and more. In January, the company purchased the intellectual property assets of ITNAC Corp. of Birdsboro, PA—including product brands Flip-Rite™ and Level-Rite™, as well as the business name, “ITNAC”. Founded in 1950, Bushman is located in Menomonee Falls, WI, just outside Milwaukee and has 45 employees, including 21 skilled craftsmen and 11 engineers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Pete Kerrick, President, at 800-338-7810 or pete.kerrick@bushman.com     www.bushman.com