Bushman Equipment, Inc. delivered a Clamp Arm Inverter to Cameron, a leading provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries.
This project involved developing a solution to safely rotate up to 15,000 lb ball valve castings in between machining operations. Cameron was doing the material handling with chain slings and fork trucks, but that process proved to be too dangerous and time consuming. They contacted us to design a piece of equipment that would improve the safety and efficiency of the process.
Cameron has purchased many below-the-hook lifting devices from our company in the past but this application required a unique solution. Bushman sales and engineering personnel visited the Cameron plant in Ville Platte, Louisiana to observe the application first hand. Our solution adapted below-the-hook lifting and gripping technology used on other Bushman products and evolved into a clean sheet design of a Clamp Arm Inverter.
With a capacity of 20,000 lbs. the Bushman Clamp Arm Inverter securely grips the casting, and rotates it 180°. It is all-electric-powered with necessary interlocking limit switches. “With the development of this device we can safely rotate our ball castings”, said Mickey Johnson, manufacturing engineering specialist at Cameron.