We have updated our 4 tine grapple video page with videos of two of Anvil's grapples working in a scrap yard. These videos feature Anvil's recently rebuilt "Red, White and Blue" 4 tine hydraulic grapple, along with an older model 4 tine grapple.
Anvil Attachments, US manufacturer of clamshell buckets and orange peel grapples and Company Wrench, a distributor, manufacturers, rep and service company have announced a strategic partnership agreement. In the agreement Company Wrench is the exclusive dealer of Anvil hydraulic buckets and grapples in Ohio, New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Washington and Oregon.
Anvil Attachments is an award-winning manufacturer of bulk material handling attachments. They offer the most diverse product line in the industry, including hydraulic and cable clamshell buckets and hydraulic and cable grapples.
Anvil recently won the 2012 IBJ award for best grab and is the preferred grab manufacturer for many of the leading crane manufacturers.
Anvil utilizes state of the art FEA design on all of its clamshell buckets and grapples, which allows them to design grabs with the precise weight to strength ratio for the material handled. Anvil practices LEAN manufacturing on all of their products which reduces cost and improves quality.
Anvil is best known for their service after the sale and stand by the quality of every bucket and grapple they produce. This is what attracted them to work with a company like Company Wrench, unlike most of their competitors. Company Wrench was built as a service company first, then an equipment dealer. This is an ideal match for Anvil as they look to grow their dealer network as Anvil puts their customers first. This is done by providing the best service in the industry. Company Wrench, is an Ohio-based company focusing on the manufacturing, sales, rentals, parts and service of scrap, demolition, and construction equipment. Headquartered in Carroll, Ohio, Company Wrench operates in 12 locations across the US. Company Wrench specializes in providing "The Cutting Edge of Customer Service."
Company Wrench is known for its outstanding customer service in very demanding applications, such as recycling and demolition. Company Wrench’s manufacturing arm, CW Machine Worx, specializes in manufacturing and modifying specialty machines for a specialty market. CW Machine Worx has numerous patents for its application based business and is ever striving to be the “cutting edge” of innovation. Company Wrench is the number one LaBounty Global Dealer and the number one Terex Fuchs Dealer in North America.
Company Wrench’s new division, CW Port Resources, focuses mainly on the Port and Inland waterway transport. Stevedoring and Intermodal transport are just some of the businesses serviced. The new master distributor agreement with Anvil Attachments will only further the advancements into this segment.
Anvil’s long history and size make them a perfect partner in this ever-changing industry. Being able to identify the needs of the end user and then devising an effective and economical answer to their problems are what has set Company Wrench apart from the competition. Anvil’s philosophy is the same, making this partnership a natural fit. Company Wrench’s major presence in the recycling industry and Anvil’s major presence in the bulk material re-handling, will be a major factor in growing both businesses.
Both Anvil Attachments and Company Wrench maintain a full rental fleet of equipment. . Anvil maintains shorter lead-time deliveries by designing their buckets and grapples around standard parts; most parts are “OFF-THE-SHELF”. They understand the importance of having a fast turnaround on parts and are able to ship most parts the same day.
Pictured above is Anvil’s latest 4 rope, fleet through coal bucket, shipped to an Energy company in the Midwest. At first glance, it may appear to be a standard coal bucket, but a closer look reveals the innovation in Anvil’s design and manufacturing.
The bucket is a 12 cubic yard (9 ton), 4 rope, fleet through clamshell bucket built to Anvil’s high standard of quality. This bucket is specifically designed for the handling of coal and the impacts of working in that environment. This coal bucket features Anvil’s patented cluster sheaves. The cluster sheaves replace traditional guide rollers and dramatically increase cable life. Customers who have opted for the cluster sheave option experience 2 to 3 times the cable life over the standard guide roller configuration used by other manufacturers. This 4 rope bucket’s cluster sheaves have 16 sheaves in 4 clusters. This provides much greater surface area over roller guides.
In addition, this bucket has reversible bolt on edges, or “lips." Bolt on edges increase bucket life by taking most of the wear while the bucket closes on material and the ground surface. On a traditional coal bucket, the bottom and side lips would have to be replaced after wearing. With the bolt on edges you simply replace the edges. The edges are usually replaced many times before having to replace the lips.
Another feature of this four rope coal bucket is the rubber bumper attached to the head unit. The rubber bumper is designed to protect against impact on the head unit as the operator lifts the bucket to the top position. Traditionally, the bucket would bang against the top of the crane; this action causes stress and cracking on the bucket. The rubber bumper absorbs this force, similar to the way a shock absorber in your car absorbs shocks.
Proper maintenance on your bucket ensures that you will get maximum life out of your investment. Anvil makes it as easy as possible for your maintenance crew to properly grease the bucket. The picture above shows the central lube area of the bucket. You will notice the grease manifold and grease lines are enclosed and protected. Every required grease point in the upper extremities for the bucket is greased from this location, there is no guessing and no searching for grease points.
Anvil Attachments is continually improving its products and developing new innovations. This is done through years of experience and communication with clients to discover their needs and wants. When a client discusses any problems or issues, Anvil works with them on a solution.
After a year in design and development, Anvil Attachments has debuted its latest product offering, a completely self-contained, diesel powered hydraulic scrap grapple.
Anvil's diesel hydraulic scrap grapple is intended for material handling from ships and barges where hydraulics or electricity are not options. The diesel hydraulic orange peel scrap grapple is completely self-contained and self-powered, and easily attaches to any crane that can support the weight. It is suited for handling a wide range of products including scrap, stone blocks, rip-rap, and pig iron.
Jon Craft, President of Anvil Attachments, said, “Our goal was to get the design right the first time, that is why we spent over a year on design and development. Our engineers used our Finite-Element Analysis software to its full capabilities, this way we ensure that this grapple provides maximum strength and payload for the weight. Based off of our initial field test and customer feedback, we got it right. Our first unit sold was immediately thrown into the fire, moving foot long pieces of pig iron, one of the toughest types of materials to handle, and our diesel grapple has worked with barely a glitch.”
Anvil's diesel hydraulic orange peel scrap grapple can be configured with either a turbo charged air cooled diesel engine or water cooled diesel engine, depending on your environment. These engines range up to 150 horse power. The grapple has several engine access panels for easy access and maintenance.
The orange peel grapple tines are completely configurable to user and material handling preference with five tine options from small-blade, to lower enclosed, up to full enclosed. The tines are modular and crafted using high strength alloy steel for maximum wear resistance and every tine is powered with a 5-inch cylinder. These cylinders are custom designed and feature inertia welded rod eyes for maximum strength.
The grapple has an easy pin adapter that will connect to virtually any crane. Once connected to the crane, the grapple engine is started and opening and closing is all controlled through a simple remote control unit that works up to 500 feet away. Anvil is currently developing a smart phone app that will allow the monitoring of all vital engine statistics; this should be ready in the first quarter of 2013.
Anvil developed the diesel hydraulic scrap grapple to fill a need of bulk material handlers who needed a completely self-contained grapple where standard hydraulic or electro-hydraulic would not fit. Compared to the competition, Anvil's grapple experiences no overheating issues, burns 2/3 less fuel, has throttle control, a 50 gallon fuel tank with low level shutdown, all while handling pig iron.
In addition, Anvil currently has a diesel-powered clamshell bucket in production. This bucket will use many of the same concepts and parts as the grapple. They will share standard engines, hydraulics, etc. Anvil took what they learned from the grapple and applied these proven technologies to the bucket.
Anvil's diesel powered hydraulic scrap grapple, model DHSG, is now available for sale or rent.
Anvil Attachments is one of the oldest suppliers of Grabs, Grapples, and Clamshell Buckets for Bulk Material Handling. Anvil has been supplying products under various brand names since 1905.
When a retired US Marine, who now owns and runs a scrap yard in south Mississippi, made a special request for his four tine hydraulic grapple, Anvil obliged. The former Marine requested that Anvil make his grapple a little “Patriotic”. Anvil went beyond a little patriotic and gave the four tine orange peel hydraulic grapple the full Red, White and Blue treatment. The hydraulic grapple, pictured above, was in the shop for a rebuild as it had been through tough usage, moving scrap metal, cars and more. This job was typical of an Anvil complete rebuild, starting with full disassembly, sandblasting and testing of the hydraulic system. The next step was to replace the worn and damaged parts. These parts consisted of upper and lower pins and bushings, tine pins and bushings and tine teeth. All of the grapple's hydraulic hoses and fittings were replaced. A missing cylinder guard was replaced, and all gouges and cracks were welded. When it was time for paint, Anvil painted the tines blue, cylinders and cylinder covers red and the head assembly white. Anvil has painted custom colors in the past, as they currently have a LSU purple and gold clamshell bucket in the rental fleet and has painted Saints black and gold buckets and grapples as well.
Pictured above is Anvil Attachment’s latest 4 rope direct reeved coke clamshell bucket, model 4RD, getting prepared for shipment to a customer. The coke clamshell will be utilized for bulk handling of coke in a petroleum refinery in south Louisiana. The 4 rope bucket features Anvil's patented cluster sheaves, which will provide up to double the cable life over the competition's guide rollers. This clamshell also features a perforated bowl for dewatering of the coke material. The lower sheaves are enclosed to prevent debris from accumulating. This bucket also features bolt on lips. Bolt on lips prevent wear damage to the bowl and are easily replaceable when necessary. This unit has recessed greased lines for protection and easy maintenance.
Anvil’s 4 rope coke clamshell buckets have become the industry standard in the coking industry. This is due to Anvil's dedication to quality and continually improving on design and features.
Anvil Attachments, international manufacturer of buckets and grapples for bulk material handling launches redesigned website. From first glance, the changes to Anvil Attachments are subtle. The regular visitor may notice a slight change in the menu and some layout differences, but the real changes are on the back end. Anvils redesign is driven by three main factors, the need for simpler content changes, the need to provide some clarity and easier navigation of the different product lines and most importantly to be able to provide fresh and relevant content to visitors to the site.
Visitors to Anvil site will now be able to find their buckets and grapples based on material handled or crane type. For example, a customer needs to move coal; they can view the bucket matrix and find all of Anvil products that are recommended for moving coal. From this page, they can click on that product and detailed information on that bucket. There is a similar matrix on crane type also, so the customer can view all recommend products that will work on a particular crane type. The website will also feature a full product side by comparison of all buckets and grapples.
The feature Anvil is most excited about is their ability to now provide fresh content to its customers who are seeking out current information. Anvil will be able to continually update its customers on product updates, maintenance tips, answers to common questions and more. Users have the option to subscribe to Anvils news sections and will be notified when a new article is published.
Anvil's site has been ported from the old site and is now live; from here it will continually be developed and improved.
Anvil Attachments, a Slaughter, Louisiana manufacturer of buckets and grapples, was nominated and selected to the final 5 in the “Best Grab” category of the 2012 International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards. The finalists were narrowed down by an independent judging panel from more than 100 individual category entries, 28 different countries, and all five continents. the companies that made the shortlist were, Credeblug, Spain, Guven Machine and Grab, Turkey, SMAG (Peiner) , Germany and Verstegen, Netherlands.
Anvil’s team headed to Hamburg, Germany for the IBJ Awards presentation on November 19th, 2012. Anvil Attachments took home the “Best Grab” award, the winner was chosen on the following criteria, “The judges will select a winner who consistently meets customer requirements for operationally efficient, cost-effective grabs. Aware that grabs should ideally be adapted to each bulk commodity, judges will look for the use of quality material in manufacture and innovative design in minimizing environmental damage.”
Anvil’s award winning bucket was their model 4RD coke bucket. Anvil took on the challenge to look at its designs and manufacturing processes to provide a lighter, more reliable and lower cost to operate clamshell bucket to handle petroleum coke. With these goals in mind they formed a team of engineering, sales and manufacturing personnel to look at their current coke bucket models and identify the “good, bad and ugly” assets and their customer’s concerns. Here is the list of main items they focused on to improve the units.
1) Cracking - this required the bucket to be taken out of service to be repaired.
2) Cable wear – this again required the bucket to be taken out of service for cable change.
3) Rebuild cycles – units were typically required to be removed from service for rebuilding of pins, bushings and plate components every 6-9 months.
Once they collected this information they quickly looked at improvements. With a firm plan in place, the new design was fully modeled in 3D and tested with their FEA programs. Once they were satisfied it would meet all the predefined goals, they took the information to their customers. They had great input that helped Anvil to better the design and incorporate a special “high wear” package for each of their applications.
What Anvil ended up with was a highly superior bucket that provided longer life between rebuilds, significantly lower maintenance costs and greatly increased “up” time. Anvil now has replaced or updated the coke handling bucket for 93% of the refineries in the world.
Some examples of the success of the success of this project include a Port Author, TX plant who has increased their run times 200% and a Pascagoula, MS plant that was able to double their cable life resulting in $125,000 per year savings in cable cost alone.
Anvil Attachments new 7 cubic yard, 6 tine Diesel Hydraulic Grapple is now available for rent.
Anvil Attachments diesel hydraulic operated multi tine grapples are primarily designed for ships gear and shore cranes to unload barges or ships. These units are self contained with radio remote control operation and do not require any capability to supply power and / or control wires to the clamshell. With a wide variety of options Anvil has the right product to fit your requirements. . Below is a list of models and the common materials each model is designed to handle:
|DESCRIPTION||Anvil’s self contained diesel hydraulic model designed to work on Crawler cranes, Overhead cranes and Ships gear cranes|
|SIZES||1/2 CUBIC YARD TO 25 CUBIC YARDS|
|MATERIALS HANDLED||Scrap, Stone blocks, Rip-rap, and Pig iron|
CONTACT SALES@ANVILATTACHMENTS.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RENTING THIS UNIT.
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