New JDN Air Hoists Profi 75 TI & 100 TI

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After the relaunch of the Profi series up to 50 t within recent years, we have now also redesigned the JDN Air Hoists Profi 75 TI and 100 TI. The key component is the new motor, based on the current JDN Motor-Brake Concept.
The improvements in detail:
- Up to 50% energy saving by decreased air consumption
- Up to 50% increased speeds
- Up to 30% less weight of the hoist body
- Decreased overall dimensions
- Reduced sound level
The new strong Profis are used in harsh environments, e.g. in shipyards for the handling of the rudder blades and propellers.

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Save the date – CeMAT 2014

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The leading international intralogistics trade fair will be held once again in Hannover from 19 to 23 May 2014. There is no other marketplace world-wide that offers the same comprehensive insight into current developments and the range of services from the world of intralogistics. So, make a note of the date in your diary. We will be there and look forward to seeing you in hall 27, stand F41.

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New series: “Toughest jobs”!

The work on offshore platforms, in mines, steelworks or shipyards is not carried out by machines alone! Everywhere, professionals are at work doing extremely difficult jobs under extreme operating conditions. From today, we will regularly report on this world of extreme work. We begin our series with “Platforms of peril”, a report on an offshore drilling rig.

Give us your feedback! How did you like the article? What are your experiences with JDN products? We look forward to your comments and contributions and wish you good reading.

Platforms of peril

“Life on an offshore platform is a mixture of noise, grime and claustrophobia – and the smell of fossil fuel borders on nauseating,” says a seasoned rig worker. “And then there are the temperatures – we get the bitter cold of the wind-exposed upper levels and the intense heat from the platform’s own power plant below. Quite a contrast I can assure you.”

iStock_000020601291XSmallTypical two-week shift patterns see our worker complete 12 hours of toil a day, for 14 consecutive days. Hard work is par for the course in this most dangerous of working environments. Visitors only need to see the labyrinth of rooms separated by thick steel doors (to contain any blasts) to appreciate the high risks involved. After all, the core business of an oil rig is extracting highly flammable fluids from beneath the sea bed, burning a percentage off in an enormous jet flame and separating poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas from the petroleum.

“Every day we’re up against potentially deadly conditions,” he says. “We’re often working machinery and equipment at height, in windy, stormy conditions. It’s not easy up there. And due to the noise, we have to communicate by hollering at the top of our voices. I can easily imagine how it must have felt working high in the rigging on the tall sailing ships of yesteryear.”

Clear instructions are vital as any miscommunication or lack of concentration can easily result in serious injury, or worse. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the period 2003-2010, the US oil and gas extraction industry had a collective fatality rate seven times higher than for all other US workers.

iStock_000020583218XSmallMistakes are unacceptable, even in regular day-to-day tasks such as flow line inspection, dismantling or repairing oil field machinery, fixing steam engine parts and boilers, and guiding cranes. These jobs are performed by a ‘roustabout’, a general labourer who provides help to whoever needs it.

“Being a roustabout is hard, manual work and by the end of a 12-hour shift, particularly a night shift, everyone is fighting fatigue.”

With an equally unusual name ‘Derrick’ operators inspect drilling rigs, repair pumps, ensure drilling fluid is flowing, align elements, guide lengths of pipe out of elevators and maintain rig equipment. Note: a fear of heights is not recommended in this role.

iStock_000020588316XSmallOther workers, such as engine operators, pump operators and rotary drill operators are also responsible for the recovery of lost casings, drill pipes and broken drill bits, yet another perilous and thankless task. Of equal danger is the role performed by service unit operators, who are faced with removing rods or tubes from holes, installing pressure control devices into well-heads, raising drilling rigs and driving truck-mounted units to well sites.

Safety is clearly paramount in all these tasks, meaning that rugged, reliable equipment is essential and potentially life saving. Among the capabilities for equipment such as hoists and cranes, for example, include operation in low, often cryogenic temperatures and sub-sea performance down to levels of 70m. This type of equipment must also be explosion proof, spark resistant and corrosion resistant, while also featuring emergency shut-off valves, fail-safe brakes and the potential to operate at inclines from horizontal.

iStock_000023214936XSmallWorking on an offshore oil or gas platform is a tough ask, but with the right blend of knowledge, experience and equipment, objectives can be achieved not just for the good of the business, but for the billions of people in society who require energy and fuel on a daily basis.

Around the world in 8 minutes with JDN!

It’s finally finished! After many months in development and production, J.D. Neuhaus is now ready to launch its latest masterpiece. Not a hoist or a crane system this time, but a new film about our company. Shooting took place in a Chinese mine, a Siberian gas field, a Norwegian dockyard where oil rigs are being built, a steelworks in Duisburg, a rental company in Chicago and an oil pumping station in Texas.You will have already seen some of the photos taken during the shoots.We’re now pleased to announce that the film is ready to roll!It’s called “Engineered For Extremes” for a very good reason,as it depicts just how harsh are the conditions to which man and machine are exposed

Customers from all over the world also contributed with brief comments.“You can’t beat JDN”, says one of them.And in the film our Managing Director, Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé, explains why that’s the case:“It’s simply because we make everything a little bit better than it really needs to be.” Take a look, it’s really worth it. We’re naturally very keen to get some feedback. How do you like the film?