Working for Select Plant Hire, IDC developed the first retractable windsail for the crane industry. The windsail provided the perfect solution for luffing jib cranes facing tough space and safety restrictions in urban environments.
IDC developed a new solution for luffing jib cranes facing tough space and safety restrictions in cities.
Luffing jib cranes are a popular solution for space restricted urban sites as they have jibs that can be raised to suit the job and space available. When parked, the jibs are raised at steep angles and are fitted with a windsail to ensure the crane rotates in the wind like a weathervane and thereby minimises wind loading on the crane.
Previously, luffing crane windsails were in a fixed position on the crane and made from rigid materials such as steel, making cranes difficult to manoeuvre. Select Plant Hire recognised that if these windsails were made retractable, the cranes would have much greater productivity.
Select came to IDC to take this idea forward and IDC not only designed the windsail, but took it right through the development process to production in IDC Models’ production unit.