Monday, February 24, 2014

Inclinometers and the New Sony Alpha 7 Camera

Inclinometers are used everywhere!

Sony Alpha 7: The World's Lightest Full-Frame Camera With Interchangeable Lens

Full Article by Mark Sparrow (Mr. Sparrow is a top notch technology writer with an emphasis on digital photography)

"...When it comes to handling I really loved the A7. It sits snugly in the hand and is light enough to use one-handed if you need to. The articulating LCD screen is great for taking candid shots from waist level and there’s also a handy on-screen spirit level and inclinometer to help you keep your pictures straight. I came to depend heavily on this handy little gizmo, especially for architectural and landscape shots. The more pictures I shot with the A7, the more I grew to like it, although I’d probably not recommend it for sports photography as the continuous shooting mode isn’t quite as fast as something like the Nikon D4..."

Just goes to show you that inclinometers are not only for construction equipment or heavy industrial applications for safety purposes, but across many industries and applications! Knowing one's angle or level condition is dependent on some type of level device such as an inclinometer.

Thanks for reading my blog!

Have a great day,

Skip Gosnell
Director of Marketing
Rieker Inc.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rieker's Boom Angle Indicator on Prime Time TV!

Rieker Inc goes Hollywood -  4120 Boom Angle Indicator appears on a fire truck during an episode of Chicago Fire...Thanks Chicago Fire!

Available in a highly visible backlit model for increased safety - complies with National Fire Protection Association 1901 Standards for Automotive Fire Apparatus.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Terex announces equipment updates

Terex announces equipment updates

Jason Cannon November 12, 2013

Terex says it has updated its Hi-Ranger TM100 aerial and General 80 digger derrick. The company says its TM100 telescoping, non-overcenter, material handling aerial is now lighter with a decreased travel height to support installation on standard factory trucks, including 6 x 6 chassis. Weight savings come from new outriggers and revised sub-frame configuration that also allows for increased payload capacity, the company adds.

The TM100 stands 13 feet tall and nearly 38-and-a-half feet long with a gross vehicle weight of rating of 52,000 pounds. The company says the unit is designed to achieve 90 degrees of lower boom articulation, 100 feet working height and 51 feet side reach with a 95-foot bottom-of-platform height. It also features an end-mounted, two-person, D-shaped, 800-pound-capacity working platform.
The General 80 digger derrick update includes a 79.9-foot sheave height, a 26,600-pound lift capacity at the 10-foot, fully retracted radius, a 1,840 pound lift capacity at 0 degrees fully extended and a 36.4-foot digging reach.

Other enhancements include boom extension rollers, a digger hanger shaft, a load moment limiter and a hydraulic, interlocking tilt pole guide.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

DOT Roadway Safety Plan

DOT Roadway Safety Plan

During the first decade of the 21st century, over 400,000 people died on America’s roadways, while millions suffered life-altering injuries. Such incidents have had a profound impact, not only on those injured, but also on their families and communities. The Nation must significantly reduce roadway crashes, deaths, injuries, and the terrible social and economic costs that are consequently borne by the American public.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) developed the Roadway Safety Plan based on the premise that significantly reducing roadway fatalities will require fresh ideas, stronger partnerships, and tremendous resolve. DOT will continue to build upon past successes, lessons learned, and current and future trends.

Senior DOT leaders initiated this Roadway Safety Plan to bring an integrated focus to roadway safety issues. A Roadway Safety Plan Working Group (Working Group) was assembled that includes a cross section of representatives from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), supported by the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST). Each member was identified for his or her subject matter expertise.

The Roadway Safety Plan leverages multiple strategic and operational plans that have been developed over the years to address roadway safety issues, both within DOT and by external stakeholder groups. The Working Group expanded these existing plans, examining new opportunities for and methods of innovation, integration, and collaboration.

Ultimately, the Roadway Safety Plan seeks to align with the safety focus of the strategic, legislative, budgetary, and performance planning processes that will be needed to advance its ideas.

Rieker Inc is currently working with State DOT administrators and engineers to provide advanced technology that significantly improves specific aspects of Roadway Safety. Based on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines on how to determine safe curve speed, our new system allows the operator to drive a select road or roads as needed, with traffic, while automatically recording relevant road telemetry (including curve radius, side friction, and super elevation) - creating a permanent record for later analysis via our Curve Advisory Reporting System (analytics and auto calculations) software. The goal coincides with the Zero Fatality initiative to create technology that not only makes it safer for DOT employees to do their job, but for the general driving public  - standardizing the country wide problem of inaccurate and often times incorrect safe curve advisory warning signs. 
Skip Gosnell
Director of Marketing 
Rieker Inc. 


Friday, July 19, 2013

Haulotte Group’s C2668RT and C2668RT Scissor Lifts

Haulotte Group's C2668RT and C2668RT rough-terrain scissor lifts are now fitted with a Kubota Tier IV engine, which complies with the Tier IV standard.
The new engine offers significant noise reduction and reduces fuel consumption (-5% compared to the current engine) and emissions. Four-wheel drive, 11 inch ground clearance and automatic hydraulic differential lock enable the machines to climb steep slopes and work productively on the most uneven ground. The new design includes standard outriggers which are fully within the machine’s... Read More - See more at:

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Spirit of St. Louis and Rieker Inclinometers!

In the early 1920's, the US Government contracted Rieker Instruments Company to produce bubble style pitch and roll indicators for the fast emerging aircraft market.   

One of the most famous inclinometer fluid filled vial type installations - if not the most famous - was the use of a pair of Rieker glass tube instruments on the panel of the Ryan NYP "The Spirit of St. Louis".  In 1927 Charles Lindbergh chose the lightweight Rieker P-1057 Degree Inclinometer to give him climb and descent angle information.  

Rieker's ability to produce precise instrumentation for the aviation industry led to our status as the dominant supplier to Original Aircraft Manufacturers to this day.  Our specialty glass department still hand crafts replacement slip indicators for vintage aircraft around the world. 

Web Links of interest:
Smithonian Institute Ryan NYP "The Spirit of St. Louis"
Charles Lindbergh 

Applications for Inclinometers in the Shipbuilding Industry

Inclinometers are a specialized family of instruments used to measure tilt, elevation, and depression and these tools have applications in a wide array of industries from forestry to manufacturing and aerospace applications. Among these industries is shipbuilding which has been making use of inclinometers in one form or another for many years and there are two primary applications for inclinometers in shipbuilding: - 
  • Construction uses both during and after ship construction is complete - 
  • Navigation and safety concerns such as measuring the heel of the ship while it's at sea.


Inclinometers are known as "swiss army knife" of shipbuilding because they are used throughout the process and, also, to ensure that the finalized ship is seaworthy and safe. Chief among the reasons for using inclinometers in shipbuilding is the fact that they are used in equipment such as cranes and other heavy-lift equipment to ensure that the item being lifted is kept level. Careful placement of panels, components, and parts of the ship's structure is paramount to its structural integrity and to its ability to safely navigate the sea and inclinometers ensure that these components are kept level and precise

Stability Testing and Navigation

The final use for inclinometers in shipbuilding is to perform an inclining experiment, also know as an inclining test. The inclining test determines the ship's overall stability, its lightship weight–the weight of the ship when all extraneous weight has been removed–, and the ship's center of gravity and must be performed on all ships measuring 24 meters or longer. The inclinometer's role in an inclining test is to measure the degrees to which a ship heels when a series of weights are moved around the surface of the ship. The measurements resulting from the inclining test are crucial to maintaining the ship's stability are also used during navigation.

The measurements and readings from inclining experiments are most often used on sailboats, though other ships can make use of them. A sailboat must tilt, or heel, at a specific degree to ensure that it is sailing efficiently and an inclinometer helps the ship's crew ensure that it is doing so. Furthermore, the inclinometer will notify the ship's crew if the heel is too aggressive and the ship is in danger of capsizing. Finally, an inclinometer can be used as a navigational device by the ship's crew to determine the latitude or to determine deviation from a set course.

From manufacturing to testing inclinometers are used in nearly every aspect of shipbuilding. These devices not only help to ensure that surfaces are free from defects and malformations but, also, they are useful in determining center of gravity and ship weights. For more information about inclinometers, and for help determining the specific inclinometer package that's best for your inclining project, contact Rieker Inc, and they will be happy to help.

Thelma Micco is a freelance writer interested in learning more about mechanical and nautical applications of Inclinometers, shipbuilding and Digital Inclinometers.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Safety Tips for Lift Equipment: Jurong shipyard accident 'one of the worst'

Safety Tips for Lift Equipment: Jurong shipyard accident 'one of the worst'

As always, worker safety is paramount to any company; working on elevated work platforms to jack up boats requires some type of platform level (or tilt out of level) monitoring system to assure the workers have as much advanced warning as possible.
Skip Gosnell
Rieker Inc.

Monday, November 26, 2012

World of Concrete Preview - Vegas 2013

ALH previews World of Concrete

Written by Lindsey Anderson - 19 Nov 2012
Canadian-based Hydro Mobile was one of the sponsors for World of Concrete’s Masonry Construction Challenge.
Canadian-based Hydro Mobile was one of the sponsors for World of Concrete’s Masonry Construction Challenge.
World of Concrete is slated to hit Sin City this coming Feb. 4-8, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The annual masonry and concrete construction trade show hopes to capitalize on more than 550,000 net square feet of exhibit space and increase its 1,200 exhibitors that were on hand in 2012.

“There was a very positive and optimistic buzz on the show floor,” says Jackie James, World of Concrete show director. “World of Concrete 2012 [was] a huge success.”

Visitors can expect a range of masonry- and concrete-related exhibits, from scaffolding to telehandlers.
In the telehandler range, French aerial work platform manufacturer Manitou will show off its rotating telehandler. While rotating telehandlers have been popular in Europe for some time, the units are just now slowly gaining momentum in the U.S. The MRT Privilege line includes the 2150 and 2540. The MRT 2150 features a maximum lift capacity of 11,021 pounds and a lift height of 67 feet, 7 inches. As for the 2540, the maximum lift capacity is 8,818 pounds and maximum lift height is 80 feet, 9 inches.

“Masons, roofers and renovators look to the MRT 2150 and MRT 2530 for their crane capabilities, high lifting ability and material handling,” Manitou says.

Hydro-Mobile will use the show to “spread the word” about its transport platform, the company tells ALH. “The transport platform can be installed with an F-Series work platform, sharing the same mast,” Hydro-Mobile says. “This allows multiple configurations, flexibility and versatility.”

The company will also display its M-Series mast climbing work platform as well as the P-Series.
Meanwhile, Fraco will promote its BR-1; a new under-bridge platform that was developed for the infrastructure market. The company will also show examples of its FH650 construction hoist.

“After one year of operation at the University of Montreal Hospital Center project, we can say that it is mature and ready for the market,” says Jacques LainĂ©, director of marketing for Fraco. “The demand for that type of construction hoist is important.”

Other than a range of equipment, visitors can also register to attend a number of educational sessions. (Sessions cost extra.) The Scaffold & Access Industry Association will offer a number of educational training courses during WoC. These include: competent person training for frame and scaffold; competent person training for suspended scaffold; and mast climber operator training.

The mast climber program is available through a training alliance between the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and SAIA. This program is designed for individuals who work from, or operate mast climber work platforms. This course covers all the safety aspects regarding mast climbers, pre- and post-use checks, regulations, fall protection and general use. The course format includes a combination of presentation, question and answer, practical application and final exam.

For a complete show guide with more in-depth information and new products that will be displayed, see the January/February 2013 issue of Access, Lift & Handlers.

Show details
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
P: 702-892-0711

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Link-Belt Launches RTC-8080 Series II RT Crane

Link-Belt Launches RTC-8080 Series II RT Crane
rt craneThis week at its CraneFest, Link-Belt debuted the RTC-8080 Series II rough-terrain crane, featuring 80 tons of capacity, a full-power, four-section boom, and the Link-Belt Pulse total crane operating system.

According to Rick Curnutte, Link-Belt's telescopic crane product manager, the newest addition to the RT lineup "hits the the mark between the RTC-8065 Series II and RTC-8090 Series II." The RTC-8080 Series II replaces the RTC-8075 model.

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