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Link-Belt Unveils Second Phase of Operator Control System – Pulse 2.0

Link-Belt Construction Equipment announces the next evolution of its patented crane operating system, Link-Belt Pulse 2.0. Based on ongoing operator and customer feedback, the intuitive design of Link-Belt Pulse 2.0 provides a simple interface for crane operators with a larger display, along with programmable features that allow each operator to customize their display; and software can be updated remotely.

New touch screen and start up

The most visible difference to Link-Belt’s Pulse 2.0 is the new 10 in. (25.4 cm) display, 47 percent larger than the original Pulse screen. It has been carefully selected to deliver a high resolution screen tough enough for harsh operating environments. A resistive touch screen can be used with gloves and be seen in direct sunlight with larger, clearer images; and the unit is pivot-mounted for optimal viewing. The interface is more dynamic throughout the operating system, with larger buttons and interactive indicator lights displayed on the margins.


Once in the seat of the cab, operator startup is quick and easy with faster hardware/software response as well as fewer required operator inputs. Electronic level/list display as well as ground bearing calculator are integrated depending on model. Operators who may have felt “overwhelmed” in the past by other crane operating systems will find the 2.0 system to be the system of choice going forward. One specific feature added based on operator input is the ability to shut off the engine and still maintain the live display data for an extended period of time.

Over the air software updates

One of the most exciting enhancements with Link-Belt Pulse 2.0 is the ability to service and update a crane’s software remotely. The system includes a Wi-Fi hub and uses the serial number of the unit to determine whether any updates are available, and downloads/installs to the appropriate controller. Software maintenance can be accomplished in the field without a service call or bringing the crane in for service.

Link-Belt’s new Pulse 2.0 will be showcased at ConExpo 2017 on new crane models and demonstration units.

                Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company, with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, is a leader in the design and manufacture of telescopic boom and lattice boom cranes for the construction industry worldwide.

Complete crane specifications are available at www.linkbelt.com.

NCCCO to Issue Separate Certification Cards-Certified Crane Operators to Get Separate Rigger and/or Signalperson Cards

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has announced that it will issue separate CCO certification cards to CCO-certified crane operators who have also been certified in the CCO Rigger and/or Signalperson categories. Previously, all certifications were listed on one card.

The new cards will also reflect the full five-year certification period for each category. Previously, all certifications had a common expiration date, regardless of when the candidates passed the test(s).

Riggers and signalpersons who are not certified in crane operation have always been issued their own separate cards, and this policy is unchanged.

The new policy is effective July 2. However, previously CCO-certified crane operators who hold rigger or signalperson certifications will also be issued new Rigger and Signalperson certification cards at no charge. Mailing of the new cards to existing certif will be completed by mid-summer.

“This major policy change will make it much easier for employers as well as state and federal authorities such as OSHA to determine the qualifications of those working onsite,” said NCCCO Commission Chairman, Kerry Hulse. “And it will ensure that

NCCCO Certified Crane Operator

certificants receive a full five-year certification period for each of the certification categories that they have earned.”

CCO certification cards are nationally accepted as official proof of certification, and the new cards have been designed to meet all federal OSHA and state requirements, including the need to have details about the certifications (such as the types of signals in which a signalperson is certified) readily available on the job site. The new cards have been color coded for each certification category. Operator CCO cards continue to have a black band across the bottom, while Rigger and Signalperson cards feature a green band for easy recognition.

The new policy of separate expiration dates does not affect the crane operator certification program, however. “All crane operator certifications will continue to have the same expiration date regardless of when new crane operator designations are added,” said Joel Oliva, NCCCO Program Manager, Test Development.

NCCCO Certified Rigger/Signal Person

NCCCO currently has nine crane operator designations, three crane inspector designations, two rigger designations, and a signalperson designation. New certifications for digger derrick operators and lift directors are currently in development for launch before the end of 2012.

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1995 by industry to develop and administer a nationwide program for the certification of crane operators and related personnel. Since then, NCCCO has administered over 625,000 nationally accredited written and practical examinations to more than 170,000 operators in all 50 states.


Shawmut Equipment Offers Nccco Test Preparation & Testing Scheduled April 23-27 At Shawmut’s South Easton Facility

Shawmut Equipment Company, the Manitowoc dealer for New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada, has scheduled a course to provide test preparation and testing for mobile crane operators April 23–27 at its South Easton, MA location.

“Participants receive both classroom test preparation and hands on preparation for the practical exams with cranes at Shawmut’s facility,” says Kevin O’Connell, vice president at Shawmut Equipment Company. “We focus on all the basics covered on both the written and practical exams— operation techniques, load charts, jobsite safety and technical knowledge.”

Participants in the course will receive test preparation and take the written and practical examinations for the National Certification of Crane Operators crane operator certification for swing cab mobile cranes and fixed cab mobile cranes. The fee for the course is $1,500 for each participant. The deadline for registration is April 6.

The class provides practical hands-on training and includes the NCCCO practical and written exams, which meet OSHA requirements for mobile crane operators. Shawmut Equipment Company fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and offers the class to prepare candidates for the CCO certification examinations.

An additional day of Rigger/Signalperson training is available for an extra fee of $199 per person. Candidates who successfully complete the one day program will receive an ATS OSHA Compliant Qualification Wallet Card. Participants may sign up for the Rigger/Signalperson session independently or in addition to the NCCCO Crane Operator testing.

For registration or further details, please call (877) 526 – 9213 or visit Shawmut Equipment online at:  www.shawmutequipment.com

About Shawmut Equipment Company

Shawmut Equipment Company is a family held business that has been selling, servicing, and renting cranes since 1957. The company has three locations throughout New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces, including Manchester, Connecticut, South Easton, Massachusetts and Saint John, New Brunswick. Shawmut Equipment Company represents the Manitowoc Crane Group, as well as Mantis Telescopic Cranes, and a wide variety of companies that manufacture crane attachments and accessories.

CCO Crane Inspector Certification Launches November 1

A new CCO national crane inspector certification program, developed jointly by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) becomes available today. The program provides for separate certifications for inspectors of mobile cranes, tower cranes, and overhead cranes.

“NCCCO and CCAA mutually recognize the importance of safe crane operations and the role of certification in ensuring that personnel have the knowledge necessary to inspect and certify cranes,” said Ed Shapiro, president of HESCO (Niantic, CT) and chairman of CCAA. “This latest CCO certification will effectively ‘close the loop’ on jobsite lift safety by providing a way for crane inspectors to show that they are qualified to inspect cranes and be sure that cranes are safe for use.”

CCAA members from across the country—as well as NCCCO staff and volunteers from many industries that use cranes—participated in the 45-member Crane Inspector Task Force that developed the new program. Psychometric consultants from International Assessment Institute (IAI), the testing services company that has provided exam development and administration services to NCCCO since 1999, also played a key role in guiding the program development to make sure that the tests are fair, valid, reliable, and legally defensible.

The new program provides a means for those with at least five years of crane-related experience to earn a professional credential that demonstrates their qualification to inspect cranes. Before candidates take the rigorous written exams they must attest to their experience using detailed work history, education, and reference forms and submit proof (documentation, letters of recommendation, transcripts, résumé, etc.). NCCCO reviews each application and individually approves candidates before permitting them to apply to take the crane inspector exams.

The required five years’ experience includes duties such as crane inspector, crane operator, crane mechanic/technician, and crane shop foreman. Related education may be substituted for related experience at a ratio of two years of education for one year of experience up to three years. Related education includes courses in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, applied science courses in non-destructive testing, construction technology, and technical courses in heavy equipment mechanic/technician and/or welding technology.

The six content domains covered by the crane inspector certification tests are: (1) pre-inspection survey, (2) records review, (3) visual inspection, (4) operational testing, (5) load testing and load charts, and (6) post-inspection. Candidates will also be required to pass the written portion of the respective CCO crane operator exam(s), although those who are currently CCO-certified operators will not need to retake those tests as long as their operator certification remains in good standing. While there is no practical exam, several written test items are pictorially based in order to test candidates on their observational skills.

“We expect that this new crane inspector certification will be popular with owners and employers who understand the safety and cost benefits of a professionally developed assessment process and who recognize its place within a comprehensive risk management process, while also meeting their obligations under state and federal requirements,” said NCCCO Program Manager, Joel Oliva. The new crane inspector certification will also show that inspectors are qualified to inspect cranes as required by OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, which states that cranes must be inspected after assembly, repair, jumping, and disassembly.

For more information about the new crane inspector certification program—including a candidate handbook, application, and experience forms—check the NCCCO website at http://www.nccco.org/certification/craneinspector.html.

NCCCO Publishes Definitive Guide To Personnel Qualification 
Requirements Under New OSHA Rule

The  National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has published what it calls “the definitive guide to the personnel qualification requirements” of a new OSHA standard governing the use of cranes and derricks in construction.

The new rule is the first major revision of OSHA requirements in this area since they were first issued in 1971.  For the first time, crane operators must be either certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization, such as the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), or qualified by an audited employer program.  Signalpersons and riggers must be qualified.

“Although this final rule is based on a document that has been circulating since 2004, many employers are not aware of the new responsibilities that OSHA has placed upon them,” said NCCCO Executive Director, Graham Brent.  “Most of the requirements take effect in November, so there is little time to lose.”

“Whether employers choose to certify their operators through NCCCO, another organization, or even in-house, NCCCO is pleased to provide this guide as a public service to the industry that has supported it since work began on the CCO national crane operator standard over a quarter century ago,” Brent added. “It is vitally important that these key provisions are known and responded to by all responsible parties in the industry.”

NCCCO has posted its document as a series of questions and answers based on its careful reading of the rule and preamble, which stretch to 1,070 pages. These FAQs will be continually updated as questions arise, Brent noted.

Visitors to the NCCCO website at www.nccco.org are invited to submit questions on personnel qualifications issues. Each question will be responded to personally and may also be posted in the FAQ section.