Welcome to Hamilton, Ontario: Meet Jim Case, Rigger

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RIGGING WITH OVER 15 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE: JIM CASE INTERVIEW

There’s so much experience to be found at Hercules SLR – today, we sit down with Associate Rigger Jim Case (he has over 15 years’ experience!) to discuss some cool projects he’s rigged, his path at Hercules SLR and some career tips for new workers starting out. 

Read on to learn more about Jim Case, and his job as a Rigger at Hercules SLR in Hamilton, Ontario. 

Tell us about your background as a Rigger, Jim: 

I started working in the rigging industry when I was 20 years old. I worked in a rope shop for 5 years and spliced rope. The company I worked for was bought, then switched hands a few times – I ended up making slings which, at the time, were more popular for us than rope. 

During my career, I’ve spliced a lot of wire rope for communication towers, steel mills, and have done a lot of work to drive belts. I’ve also had the chance to complete some projects for the US Military, specifically catapult ropes. And, I’ve done a bit of testing here in Hamilton, which is always fun! 

Nowadays, it’s easier to find a focus and not move around so much – workers will typically find their niche and grown within that. Examples of these niches could be circus rigging or offshore rigging.  

Now, I’m a rigger with Hercules SLR and fabricating synthetic slings – I enjoy work and keeping busy! 

Why did you decide to work in this industry?

Well, to be honest – I was 20 and needed a job! I put applications in, and I ended up really liking the industry. I’m doing the same job I was then, but now with Hercules SLR! 

I started working in the rigging industry in the late ’70’s – during the early 1980’s, many company owners were streamlining their business and selling off anything that wasn’t related to steel. This means I moved around a little bit! 

There’s a joke I always like to make – I’ve been bought and sold so many times, I don’t know if everyone or nobody wanted me! But, I’m very happy to have ended up with Hercules SLR. 

What’s something you’re most proud to have accomplished in your career at Hercules SLR?

Honestly, I’m proud of my attendance. I’m a loyal employee, and I never miss work.

Tell us about an exciting or cool project you’ve worked on during your time at Hercules SLR:

One of the coolest projects (that’s pretty notable too!) I worked on was preparing rope to temporarily open the roof of The O Stadium in Montreal, where they held the 1976 Olympics.

The O Stadium’s roof was originally intended to be retractable, but (infamously) a tower meant to support it wasn’t completed in time. This meant they needed a way to temporarily hold it open for the Olympic games, and I got to work on that project.

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Aerial view of The O Stadium during the 1976 Olympics, with ropes installed by Jim

 For the O Stadium roof, we used gelded, 2inch rope and a special lubrication. This took us 2 weeks and we had a 12-guy crew! 

On a day-to-day basis, I really enjoy splicing rope. Even though it can be repetitive sometimes, it’s different everyday. Most of the orders take 1-2 hours to finish, so I can work on a few different types of projects throughout the day which is a nice variety. 

You’ve worked in the rigging industry for many years – tell us why it’s important to service your equipment and gear:

The main reason? Safety. Over the years, I’ve seen workers take a lot of shortcuts, which can lead to a lot of mistakes. Sometimes, workers can be resistant to change  – which is sometimes why they keep taking these shortcuts that might not be a safe procedure.

For example, I splice differently than some of the riggers in Brampton, but the end-product performs the same function. Some riggers stop splicing the rope on the left, right or vice versa. When you make things according to specified standards, you can sometimes take more liberties – like I said, as long as it performs.  

Tell us about a mistake you see made often in the industry:

The biggest mistake has got to be rigging equipment used improperly. When Hercules SLR receives a complaint that a product isn’t working like it’s supposed to, we have to see the equipment being used to remedy any issues they’re having.

In my personal experience, 90% of the time when this happens the equipment isn’t being used correctly – which is why it isn’t working correctly! 

What advice do you have for a new rigger, or someone just entering this industry?

A  big piece of advice I have for new workers in any industry really, is to plan your daily schedule at the beginning of your day – this makes it easier to deal with the flow of the day. 

For rigging, specifically, do the job right the first time! Earlier, you asked me about mistakes I see in the industry – rigging equipment passes through many different phases. It’s manufactured, used to lift various things and as I mentioned, is often used improperly. When rigging equipment fails, expensive loads can be damaged, companies can be shut down and people can be injured, or worse – killed. 

It’s important a rigger understands the consequences of cutting corners – and doesn’t do it. 

Any other helpful tips?

To select the right equipment for a lift, a big tip is to talk to someone who knows their stuff, and the end-user – whoever will be using the equipment. In a company, it can be helpful to talk to the sales team to learn more about this. 

For example, who will lift the rope? Do they have the capability to lift an 800-pound rope, or a 20-pound rope? They may want to select grommet-type or cradle-rope, which is usually smaller and more flexible. It’s important to make sure whoever’s at the end of the line can handle it. 

What’s something people might be surprised to learn about rigging?

Material and fabrication are surprising! People are astounded at the strength of nylon round slings! Sometimes, synthetic slings can be stronger and more flexible than other types of rope, like wire rope. For example, there used to be a rope made of Kevlar rope (this is what bulletproof vests are made of. FYI) that could float, but was heavier than steel – I haven’t seen it used recently, but it was used to pull huge barges. 

Finally, what do you like most about being a rigger at Hercules SLR? 

Our team. We have a great group of people here in Hamilton, Ontario. We’re like friends, but we actually get stuff done. 


Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Modular Construction Trending: Innovative Workspaces

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WHAT’S MODULAR CONSTRUCTION? 

Modular construction allows significant portions of work to be completed, off-site and usually inside in a modular workspace. It doesn’t describe the building itself, but the way it’s built. 

Many think of a mobile home or re-locatable building when they think of prefabricated buildings, but modular construction has become more modern and sophisticated in recent years, which has led to more modular working spaces. Modular construction can be used to build either residential or commercial buildings, although commercial is the most common. 

A modular working approach to construction tends to focus on manufacturing—Read on for an example.  

EXAMPLE: A construction crew builds an office building. Instead of assembling the entire project on-site, individual parts are manufactured indoors. The crew would assemble individual wall panels indoors, and these will later be put up on-site. 

Other parts of the project could be assembled here, too—think washrooms, pre-built wall panels, ped-ways, stairs, and even the roof. 

These parts are assembled in the modular workspace, transported and put together on-site as the construction project progresses—these prefabricated parts are put together with lifting equipment like cranes or aerial lift trucks.  

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Modular constructed apartment.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Since modular workplaces are a bit different than traditional construction sites, they can also reduce some of the risk or hazards found on typical construction sites. Safety can be enhanced by modular construction:

  • Less work at height—for example, on many modular projects a roof is lifted to the top with a crane. 
  • Reduce garbage and waste—working off-site can limit the amount of extra material thrown away, and can be recycled for future use. 
  • Community disruption—modular construction and workspaces bring work off-site, making the area more quiet! For example, let’s say you’re building an office on a University campus. Modular construction frees the campus from common construction disruptions (loud machinery, dust, barricades, etc.). 
  • Time—they say time is money, and modular construction can save time compared to working on-site. Prefabrication often takes about half the time and many pieces can be made at once, which lets contractors take on multiple projects, schedules can be planned more ‘tightly’ and projects are finished quickly.  
  • Remote Locations—Modular construction allows work to be taken off-site, which can be a great benefit for more isolated locations. Think—a house in Northern Alberta is mainly assembled indoors, so workers can do less work in frigid, outdoor temperatures. 

MODULAR PROJECTS

One notable modular construction project is the 57-storey skyscraper built in China by entrepreneur Zhang Yue, in just 19 days—yes, you read that right, a whole skyscraper assembled in 19 days altogether. Specifically, the first 20 storeys were assembled in seven days, but various regulations held the project up for a year before the last 37-storeys were built in 12 working days. The final skyscraper has offices that fit 4,000 people, 800 apartments and 19 atriums. 

Zhang has built a number of other buildings using the same method. A skyscraper built using traditional, on-site construction takes about 2-3 years compared to the days Zhang’s projects take to complete.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, modular construction reduces uncomfortable environmental conditions for workers and clients, increases productivity and can reduce harm and injuries.

Traditional construction sites will always have a place in the industry, but it’s an exciting innovation that’s sure to shake things up. 


NEED EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS, REPAIRS & MAINTENCE? CALL HERCULES SLR.

Equipment needs regular maintenance like relevant inspections, repairs and proper employee training to operate properly, prevent damage or injuries and work efficiently—consider Hercules SLR your one-stop-shop. We’ll inspect, test & repair your equipment, and fully certify it to comply with national and provincial safety regulations. 

We’ll keep your modular workplace running smoothly and efficiently, so you can complete projects and keep your customers and employees happy. 

Hercules SLR inspects, repairs and certifies:  

  • Lifting Magnets 
  • Hoists & Cranes 
  • Lifting & Rigging Equipment & Hardware (EX. shackles, slings, beam clamps, pallet lifters, etc.)
  • Fall Protection 

Workplace safety is important in any construction setting—We offer training for: 


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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Steel Cable: market growth driven by automotive industry

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The steel cable or wire rope market expects to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 4.2% in the coming period heading into 2023, reports PR Newswire.

Wire rope or steel cable provides strength, flexibility and has many applications. Steel cable is used in elevators, rigging and lifting applications, theatre sets, and is used as a reinforcing material for automotive tires and conveyor belts.

Filaments, which are fine strands of steel are significantly useful for the fabrication of automotive tires. Advantages of wire rope or steel cable filaments include high thermal resistance a better travelling performance. Currently, the global wire rope market is being greatly influenced by market entrants in the automotive industry.

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Example of fraying wire rope—notice the individual strands that make up each rope.

Right now, technology and a need for lighter tires are two growing demands in the automotive industry. Flat-run tires, eco tires and nitrogen tires are three examples of tech-driven tires that create a demand for a flashier, updated tires for manufacturers. Their industry has a need for lighter tires, which means steel cable will be a sought-after material for automotive fabrication. These steel cable filaments will be used in application for heavy equipment tires, cargo truck tires, conveyor belts, rubber framework and light truck tires.

As the famed architect Walter Grophius said, “New synthetic substances—steel, concrete, glass—are actively superseding the traditional raw materials of construction.” Even in modern days, fabrication and manufacturing industries are constantly finding news ways to use to use familiar, synthetic materials.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

Hercules Machining and Millwright Services

Hercules MMS

Since 1975, Hercules MMS (formerly Fundy Grinding) has been providing customers with quality machining and millwright services. Over time, the company has grown exponentially from providing these services locally to working across Canada and around the globe.

We have the equipment and the expertise to get the job done. All of our equipment is maintained, inspected and can be customized to match your requirements.

“Our name may have changed but our commitment, quality and expertise remain the same.”

From boring a small hole in a boom truck to complete maintenance shutdowns, we have the ability to bring our shop to yours. We can assist with all your maintenance requirements.

Our commitment to quality workmanship is supported by our ISO certification ensuring we match your expectations every time, whether the job is completed in our machine shop or on-site.
Hercules MMS offers traditional values and exceptional service. Let our experience help you achieve your goal of less downtime.

“Let our experience help you achieve your goal of less downtime.”

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MACHINE SHOP SERVICES

General Machine Shop Repairs

  • Electric motor end bell bearing fit repairs
  • Refurbishing bearing bores in large gearboxes
  • Rubber roller grinding
  • Teflon shrink sleeve installation
  • Roller manufacturing (steel and aluminum)
  • Surface grinding
  • Key way cutting
  • Spline cutting (straight sided and involute tooth cutting)
  • Custom design of replacement parts
  • Manufacture using stainless and carbon steel
  • 2D custom injection mold manufacturing
  • Babbit bearing reconditioning
  • Stainless steel boat shaft repair and manufacturing
  • Spray weld repairs on shaft seal fits
We offer pump repairs for the following types of pumps:

  • Reciprocating pumps
  • Multi stage deep well pumps
  • Milton Roy metering pumps
  • Portable hydraulic pumps
  • Multi stage boiler feed pumps
  • Fire pumps
  • Johnson vertical pumps
  • Gardener Duplex steam pumps
  • Dredge hydraulic pumps
Machine Shop Manufacturing. 
If we can’t fix it…We can make it.

  • Gears
  • Various sizes of shafts
  • Rollers (Steel & Aluminum – Up to 23’ long)
  • Specialized tooling
  • Rollers (Steel, Aluminum, Rubber)
Machine Shop Welding

  • Spray welding (Both Rototec & Eutalloy)
  • Aluminum and Stainless Steel Welding
  • MIG Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • Brazing
  • Plazark shapes up to 1/4” thick
  • Boretech Welding

ON-SITE MACHINE SERVICES

On-site Machining Services

  • We can provide onsite machining supervision
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts
  • Full document control with Inspection records sheets, time sheet control
  • Ability to provide costing updates as per customer requirements, daily or weekly
  • Can work as a stand-alone team or part of an integrated plant maintenance team
  • Full safety documentation available for job site use

Complete machine shop facility to assist onsite

 

“As a stand-alone team or part of an integrated plant maintenance team, we adapt to your needs”.

 

Insitu Services

  • Flange resurfacing 5”-60” diameter
  • Pipe weld preps 5” to 60”
  • Pipe cut out and weld bevels 6” to 18”
  • Motor base and sole plate milling
  • Stud and bolt removal (including large diameter studs)
  • Onsite drilling and tapping. (holes up to 4” dia.)
  • Line boring services ( 1.5” diameter and up)
  • Large diameter boring (up to 60”diameter )
  • Larger boring can be done on a per job request ex. pump/turbine casings, blower housing, etc
  • Slip ring machining
  • In place shaft machining and repair
  • In place shaft keyway milling
  • Bore honing services
  • Fixed coupling bolt hole boring
Portable Equipment

Our complete portable machine shop can be placed within your facility to support your shutdown or outage.

Our shop in a box can be customized to include:

  • Rigging and other lifting provisions
  • Standard steel stock
  • Millwright hand tooling
  • Additional machine equipment as needed
  • Portable shop can be customized to your requirements

MILLWRIGHT SERVICES

Since 1975 we have been working in the Power Generation Industry

For over 40 years, we have the Mining and Power Generation Industry. We provide complete Millwright crews for power plant shutdowns.

  • Dedicated turbine specialist crews can be provided for turbine repairs
  • We can provide millwright supervision
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts
  • Full document control with inspection records sheets, time sheet control
  • Ability to provide costing updates as per customer requirements, daily or weekly
  • Can work as a stand alone team or part of an integrated plant maintenance team
  • Full safety documentation available for job site use
  • Proud partner of the Millwright Local 1178
  • Complete machine shop facility to assist onsite machining preparation for mobilization and support during outages
  • Millwright support for turbine installations or repairs
We have completed repairs on turbines such as:

  • Complete strip down and rebuilds on turbines and generators
  • Alignment of turbine and generator
  • Machining and replacing of valve studs
  • Valve and relay overhauls
  • Lifting of cylinders, cross over pipes, spindles, and rotor in and out of turbine
  • Bearing inspections and replacements
  • Hydrogen seal inspections and replacements
  • Alignment of pumps and commissioning
  • Boiler feed pump repairs
  • Force draft fan repairs

Traditional values, exceptional service.”

MMS Clients

HERCULES MMS | CONTACT INFORMATION

WE’VE MOVED! FIND US AT 144 CROSSLEY AVENUE, TRURO, NS B3B 1B3 | Directions to Hercules MMS 

If you have any questions about our Machine Shop Services, you can contact Arthur Lewis at 902-895-6911 or by e-mail.

Need help after 5pm? We’ve got you covered. 

Our normal hours of operation are from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00 pm. Hercules MMS understands that sometimes our customers can not predict when they will require require our services. It is for this reason that we offer our customers a way to contact us after our regular working hours. Customers that require service after hours, can contact our “on-call” machinist to schedule a time to come in.

Hercules MMS After Hours Number: (902) 890-4202

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Hercules MMS is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.