Sign & Digital Graphics

March '20

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S D G M A G . C O M • M A R C H 2 0 2 0 • 7 1 "But there are also new NCCCO reg- ulations that require Crane Operator Certification for any aerial with lifting capacity greater than 2,000 pounds, which is making it harder for companies to find qualified operators," he adds, rules which apply to anyone helping to rig up the load or even giving signals to the operator. Elliott has responded with equipment featuring appropriate lift- ing capacity, and the company can also work with users to re-rate their machine's capacity below the federal limit. And Glazer says the changes don't end there. " OSHA also changed its rules with regard to handling people with cranes, so users should be aware of machines built after 2010 that carry both an ANSI A92.2 (aerial) and ASME B30.5 (crane) designation," Glazer says. "These dual- rated machines may require a trial lift and proof test be performed, prior to lifting personnel." Bryan Wilkerson, vice president with Oklahoma City's Wilkie Manufacturing, says he sees a gradual move away from larger cranes and lifts, not just because of regulations. "This has been a slow change over the years with municipalities moving the height as well as the size (of signage) a bit lower and smaller each year, so the need for 85-foot-plus equipment is shrink- ing," he says. "Signs have also gotten a lot lighter, as most are made from aluminum and plastic or flex faces with LEDs and low-watt transformers." Wilkerson says those changes helped prompt the development of Wilkie's XRB and XLR family of remote service cranes, which can provide similar building and pole access to installers with smaller- scale equipment. Other recent industry changes Wilkie notes include drastically intensified cab maintenance schedule regiments, part of federal and state emissions requirements. And more than just certification issues, companies are embracing the reality that fewer and fewer employees know how to drive a manual transmission, so auto- matic transmissions on lift trucks have become more popular. What other features and capabilities should you be looking for in a lift truck? Glazer said it is critical to make sure the vehicle is set up to have and use tools at the lift platform, allowing users the ability to conduct any kind of drilling, electrical or even more advanced modi- fication for an install job—or run air or a pressure washer to installation height, or testing an elevated sign before the main power is connected. "Whether it be 110-volt outlets, weld- ers, oxy/acetylene or others, having the dedicated circuits in the platform saves Must-have options for new equipment should include a two-man bucket with remote and rotating baskets. DECORATE YOUR GLASS TO MODERNIZE YOUR SPACE Try our NEW Optically Clear 80% Recycled Content Glass Decoration Film Tel: 800-806-8977 935 National Parkway Suite 93553 Schaumburg, IL 60173

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