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Single-Beam Mobile Gantry Crane Utilized By C-Tech Oilwell Technologies Inc.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The oil industry continues to be a strong player in the energy sector in which Shuttlelift has been a customer-driven partner for more than 20 years. C-Tech Oilwell Technologies Inc. is an innovative oil field technology development, sales and services company specializing in developing coiled rod technology and products. The company provides rig rebuilding, fabrication and engineering services, and is also a top supplier of coiled sucker rod for oil pumping facilities. They recently partnered with Shuttlelift to supply a solution for their heavy lifting needs.

First utilized over 30 years ago, coiled sucker rod was developed to reduce service costs and improve run performance in rod-pumped wells. It has numerous advantages compared to conventional coupled sucker rod. It minimizes tubing and rod wear, reduces rod fall problems and reduces flow losses; therefore less energy is needed for pumping.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Canada, C-Tech Oilwell Technologies purchased a Shuttlelift single-beam mobile gantry crane to use with its portable factories that produce the sucker rod. Recently, C-Tech Oilwell Technologies constructed a portable factory in the Middle East, where the Shuttlelift SB 30 is being used to transport coiled sucker rod and load the coils onto trucks and into storage areas. The single-beam mobile gantry crane manages loads up to 60,000 pounds and was conveniently shipped in two containers to its new Middle East location.

According to Kurt Minten, director of industrial sales at Shuttlelift, operating the SB 30 mobile gantry crane is straightforward. “There are no load charts to misinterpret. The crane lifts the stated capacity and the load is lifted directly under the frame of the crane virtually eliminating stability issues commonly associated with standard boom cranes.” He added, “SB series cranes are easy to operate and maintain. You will typically see the operator take care of the basic day to day maintenance of the unit.”

Launched over a year ago, the Shuttlelift single-beam mobile gantry crane is a very practical solution, solving the toughest material handling challenges and working in a variety of applications and industries. The SB Series operates on a variety of surfaces from concrete and asphalt to unimproved dirt and gravel.

“The single-beam mobile gantry crane fits the bill for C-Tech Oilwell Technologies. The traversing capabilities, structural integrity, and flexibility to use indoors or outdoors was crucial in their decision,” mentioned Minten.

All Shuttlelift SB Series gantry cranes are designed for high-duty cycle and built for long-term use. The ease, portability and durability were important to C-Tech Oilwell Technologies as the company continues to construct portable factories. The SB 30 is designed to work in the most inhospitable jobsite conditions. The single-beam mobile gantry crane features powder-coated carbon steel hydraulic tubing, zinc plated bolts and pins, and the hoses are wrapped in cordura covers to protect them from harsh environments and to extend the life of the machine.

The SB 30 mobile gantry crane came equipped with optional all-wheel electronic steering to provide maximum flexibility, maneuverability and precision handling while operating in confined spaces. “This allows C-Tech Oilwell Technologies to reduce the size of the space required for each new facility,” said Minten.

“Working with C-Tech Oilwell Technologies has been a great experience. They are on the cutting edge of progressive products. The SB 30 mobile gantry crane has been a great fit for their organization,” commented Minten.

Shuttlelift will remain a partner with C-Tech Oilwell Technologies and provide worldwide CustomerCare support to ensure the SB 30 crane maintains its prime operating condition. Shuttlelift invests in service and parts capabilities and has an experienced network of dealers to help install equipment and provide ongoing maintenance and repair service.

For more information about Shuttlelift and its full range of rubber-tired gantry cranes, email the sales team at or visit

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