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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Manitowoc 888 Ringer – A Revit family addition #Revit Content #Andekan

How many people do you know that can say they grew up with their father's other car being a crane? Well, my dad, for many years with his construction company that my grandfather started in 1934 in South Florida owned several cranes over the years.

Although they weren't Manitowocs, I always knew that the red cranes were the big boys and they did the heavy lifting. So, nothing could thrill me more than the gift I received today from Andekan.com of a beautiful brand new Manitowoc 888 crane.

I don't care what anyone says, Revit content is not all the same. Take a look below and see the level of detail in the parameters. If you're serious about Revit, Andekan is the company to outsource your content to. The best Revit families are from the Andekan family. Now, I'm going to go download my crane and start having some fun.

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September 2, 2009 Posted by Adam Morren

As promised, here is a look at one of the more challenging models we have been asked to produce, the Manitowoc 888 Ringer crane.

Established for over 80 years, Manitowoc is synonymous with creating dependable yet innovative cranes. With their cranes sold and serviced in five continents, Manitowoc pride themselves on adapting to the needs of their customers, wherever in the world they may be. Admirably, they shun ‘planned obsolescence’, and often find themselves working with customers who have been using the same equipment for over 20, 30 or even 40 years. These factors will undoubtedly keep Manitowoc at the top of their game for many years to come.

Base cab detail (note the Andy figures to provide scale – get your own Andy here)
Base cab detail — note the Andy figures to provide scale – get your own Andy here

Manitowoc 888 Ringer with attached luffing jib (back) and with boom only (front)

Manitowoc 888 Ringer with attached luffing jib (back) and with boom only (front)

Shown above is the first of a series of three Manitowoc lattice cranes we will be producing. Both Tracie Sherlock and myself will be enjoying working on these.

Taking roughly 35 hours to complete, the model required a number of separate families to be nested into the main base cab, with a complex array making up the adjustable boom and jib arms.

Manitowoc 888 Ringer - Cab and boom base (left) and boom head (right)

Cab and boom base (left) and boom head (right)

Manitowoc 888 Ringer - Boom head detail

Boom head detail

The model accurately reflects the real-world configurations of a Manitowoc Ringer crane, with the user being able to choose between a single boom, an attached fixed jib, or an attached luffing jib. We also plan to add both heavy-lift and long-reach boom tops.

Manitowoc 888 Ringer - Boom with optional boom point

Boom with optional boom point

Boom with attached fixed jib

Boom with attached fixed jib

Boom with attached luffing jib

Boom with attached luffing jib

All three crane options are available in the same family, with a simple tick-box selection system

All three crane options are available in the same family, with a simple tick-box selection system

To ensure the physical stability of a crane, the boom and jib length – as well as their angle from vertical – is strictly controlled. We have made sure that this is accurately reflected: any configuration which would cause instability in the real-world crane is not available in the Revit model. This will allow our client to accurately test the manoeuvrability and simulate the placement of cranes in very large scale projects.

Manitowoc 888 Ringer - Luffing jib

Manitowoc 888 Ringer - Luffing jib

Our next two packs – Charlotte Pipe Plastic Fittings and UK Yorkshire Copper Pipe Fittings – will be posted tomorrow, so make sure to take a look.

Hope you liked the cranes – your comments are more welcome! Are there any non-standard families that would help you in large-scale projects? If you would be interested in these families or would like to talk to us about how we can help you and your company with Revit content, make sure to drop us a line on contact@andekan.com.


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