It was at the crack of dawn on a crisp and foggy February day, when a 6-strong team of Dolezych and DSM Dyneema® employees set off, accompanied by a film director and cameraman. The target destination was the Bauhof Neckarsteinach of the Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt (WSA, Water and Shipping Authority) Heidelberg (Germany), which on this particular occasion was to be the shooting location for the latest DoNova® PowerLift demonstration video.
In its function as the local authority of the water and shipping administration of the federal government, the WSA Heidelberg is responsible for the supervision of about 112 km of waterways of the Neckar River (from Mannheim to Heilbronn-Horkheim, Germany). The aim is to keep the water level of the Neckar constant to enable shipping. The weirs enable the accumulation of the water in order to guarantee a sufficient depth of the shipping channel. If the flow rate is too high, the weirs are opened to enable the water to flow more quickly into the Rhine. To ensure the proper function of this system, the WSA Heidelberg operates and maintains 12 (partly very old) weir systems and 25 lock chambers.
For this, the Bauhof Neckarsteinach relies on the textile chain DoNova® PowerLift. The robust textile chains consist of the high-performance fiber Dyneema® from the Dutch corporation DSM; the Dortmund-based company Dolezych GmbH & Co. KG used these fibers as a basis to develop the Dekra-certified lifting and lashing chains for easy and safe working. DoNova® PowerLift lifting chains are ideal for the transportation of the sensitive drive cylinders, which have to be regularly overhauled and replaced to ensure smooth operation of the locks. The heavy cylinders, weighing more than 2 tons, are kept on transport frames and lifted for inspection in the workshop and on the maintenance ship, which is equipped with a crane, by means of four-leg DoNova® PowerLift lifting chains. It is from there that the installation of the drive cylinders at the locks is performed.
„We have purchased the PowerLift mainly because of the low weight and excellent handling. The ergonomic benefits are certainly a tremendous relief in the light of so many lifting procedures“, declares Rüdiger Böhme, Head of the Bauhof Neckarsteinach. And Sidney Beutler, apprentice inland sailor and user of the DoNova® PowerLift, adds: „When working with steel chains we used to frequently hurt ourselves. That is now no problem thanks to the soft textile chain.“ Another advantage of the abrasion-resistant textile chain with a working load limit of up to 23,148 lbs. is the protection of the drive cylinders against damage, which can quickly occur when working with steel chains, and which would then provide potential sites for corrosion. At the same time, the DoNova® PowerLift excels in comparison with round slings and lifting slings with the decisive asset that individual chain legs can be quickly and flexibly shortened.
The DoNova® PowerLift (www.donova.info) is exclusively available from the manufacturer Dolezych and includes expert advice – on-site, too. The video demonstrating the use of the textile chain can be found under the search term „DoNova® PowerLift with Dyneema® at WSA Heidelberg“ on YouTube or here:
Doleco USA Enhances Presence in the North American Market – Adds Two New Sales Management Positions to its Team
Pictured (l-to-r): Doleco USA’s Tom Haughs, vice president of sales and Bob Abrahamson, west coast account manager.
Hauppauge, N.Y. – Doleco USA, a North American supplier of cargo restraint systems including winch and ratchet strap assemblies, lifting slings and other related products for the transportation, agriculture and industrial markets, has added two new sales management professionals to its team. Tom Haughs has joined the company as vice president of sales and Bob Abrahamson is the company’s new west coast account manager.
Doleco USA is a 2-year-old subsidiary of Dolezych GMBH, an 82-year-old German-based global supplier of lifting and load securement technologies. “The U.S. market offers great potential for expanding our reach and this move underlines our commitment to becoming a major player here,” said Ralph Abato, president of Doleco USA. “Our new sales team members, Tom Haughs and Bob Abrahamson, bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the North American market to help us enhance our client base,” Abato said.
Haughs, said, „I started in this industry almost 30 years ago and have worked for several cargo control companies in the heavy duty trucking arena. As a team, we have deep knowledge of the industry for both cargo restraint and lifting slings and know what the market needs. Our goal is to provide high quality, durable products that will increase lifting and load restraint safety, improve productivity and reduce operating costs. We look to provide those products that others cannot or will not support.“
Abrahamson brings more than 40 years of industry experience to his role, including 17 years of service for a trailer manufacturer where he developed an in-depth understanding of the customer side of the business.
„We have a great team in place with Ralph Abato as our president who has more than 32 years of industry experience. Together, we bring more than 100-plus years of skills and experience to help meet our clients’ load securement and lifting needs,” said Abrahamson.
Doleco USA products are available in the United States, Canada and Mexico through the company’s master distributor network which includes over 6,000 distribution centers. The company is also looking to expand warehouse operations in the near future. For information on sales and distribution of Doleco USA products call 203-440-1940, visit www.doleco-usa.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Doleco USA Incorporated in 2013 in Hauppauge, N.Y., with its warehouse located in Meriden, Conn. Doleco USA is one of the fastest growing load securement and lifting suppliers in the U.S. Doleco USA’s success has come from offering a quality, full line of products through proven distribution channels to provide an alternative to over-distributed brands. With a global brand and extensive local experience, the company sees tremendous growth and opportunity in traditional markets. Learn more at www.doleco-usa.com.
About Dolezych Founded in 1935 in Dortmund, Germany, Dolezych is a leading manufacturer and supplier of lifting equipment, slings, ropes and load securing technologies. Dolezych offers secure and reliable solutions for the lifting and transportation of goods – whether on-site in production plants, on construction sites or by transportation via road, rail, sea and air cargo. In addition to its most recent expansion in the USA, Dolezych also has operations in Poland, Switzerland, China, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey with more than 600 employees worldwide.