Project Exploration: Newport News Shipbuilding System Upgrade

newport-3As the largest shipbuilding company in the United States, Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) needs to be at the top of their game to effectively build the most advanced ships in the world. This includes keeping their overhead and gantry crane equipment running at the most efficient levels. Intended to avoid any production slowdowns due to wearing parts, system failures, or crane downtime, NNS scheduled 10-15 year overhauls of multiple cranes and their components.

NNS was able to improve coordination among the system components, enhance facility safety, and minimize downtime by implementing a solid crane modernization program. Properly planning an effective modernization program was key in updating drives and wireless control systems in a timely manner to keep the facility running at a high level.

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Product Profile: Fiber Optic Festoon System

Magnetek recently completed a engineered festoon system featuring fiber optic cable for use on an automated monorail application. 

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The system includes heavy-duty C-Track with double saddle festoon trolleys and flat cable.

The flat cable features fiber optics that use light to convey a signal throughout the system. These glass fiber optics are used instead of a typical copper wire/electrical signal because of the extreme length of the application – approximately 250 feet.  Signals sent over copper degrade over a long distance, so for applications over 200 feet, fiber optic cable is recommended.

For more information on all of Magnetek’s Cable and Festoon Systems, visit our website.