Magnetek, Precision Crane to modernize cranes at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam

Magnetek Inc. and Precision Crane & Hoist Services have received a contract from the Bureau of Reclamation to modernize four 300-ton power plant cranes at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam.

Magnetek, a Wisconsin-based supplier of digital power and motion control systems, said it received an order exceeding $1 million to install controls on each of the four cranes over seven months with the first installation scheduled for December. Aging AC static crane controls are to be replaced with Magnetek’s state-of-the-art control technology, including adjustable frequency drive panels and radio remote controls.

“Along with our partner on the project, we are very pleased to be able to assist the Bureau of Reclamation with the modernization of the cranes used in the Hoover Dam Power Plant,” Magnetek Sales Director Dan Beilfuss said. “The new crane control systems we are designing will utilize our technologically advanced drives and radio controls, providing crane operators at the Hoover Dam Power Plant with improved productivity, safety and reliability.”

Two 300-ton cranes are located in each Hoover power plant, on either side of the dam. They are used to move and maintain the 17 main vertical hydropower turbines.

The Bureau of Reclamation requested information in October on firms able to supply unit circuit breakers and associated equipment for Hoover. It took bids in July to repair, remanufacture, or replace mechanical components needed to refurbish hydroelectric equipment at the project.

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