Auto Crane Revolutionizes Mission-Critical Equipment Repair in Mongolia

May 15, 2013

Tulsa-based Auto Crane, a premier brand of Ramsey Industries, Inc., launched an industry 55 years ago with the invention of the original mobile service crane. That first crane fit in the trunk of an automobile but forever changed field service work in oil and gas drilling fields. Today, a patented Titan® truck-mounted crane body and NexStar™ crane control system are headed to one of the most remote places on earth -- the Mongolian mining fields.

Required maintenance for the heavy mining equipment working the copper, gold, coal and mineral mines in Mongolia mean downtime, and for mine operators, time is money. Auto Crane's latest truck-mounted service crane is specifically designed to perform in the harshest, most demanding environment and to reduce downtime, manpower expense, repair timeframes, and on-the-job accidents.

"As Auto Crane expands its global reach, our mission is to demonstrate the value we create for mine owners and operators through our equipment and safety technology," said Michael Walz, vice president of sales and marketing for Ramsey Industries. "When large mining equipment requires maintenance or repair, it means costly downtime that dramatically affects the mine owner's bottom line," Walz said. "Auto Crane revolutionizes the process of towing heavy equipment to a repair center that may be miles away, waiting for that repair to be completed, then waiting for the equipment to be hauled back to the mine location. Our crane bodies and service cranes enable mechanics to perform on-site repair that gets equipment back in operation faster than ever."

Auto Crane designs and manufactures service cranes that provide up to seven tons of lifting capacity. The robust Titan series of heavy-duty crane bodies deliver the performance and rugged durability required in remote locations and punishing weather conditions. Auto Crane also offers a full complement of accessories, including single-side pack units for welding applications, air compressors, lube skids and more to create unparalleled value for the mining industry.

"Looking back, Auto Crane truly revolutionized the way service work is done," said John Celoni, president and chief executive officer of Ramsey Industries, Inc. "If you think about it, back in 1958 we essentially brought the workshop to the site where techs were then able to work on the equipment right then and there, eliminating the downtime and cost associated with transporting the equipment to an off-site repair shop."

"Throughout the years, Auto Crane has always taken the approach that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and we've proven that with our NexStar System," Celoni says. "NexStar eliminates the guesswork for operators that once came with what could and could not be lifted due to the weight of the load, the angle of the boom, or the angle of the chassis."

"The new Titan is another testament to Ramsey Industries' dedication to developing real-world solutions for global industries," Celoni says. "Our Auto Crane customers today operate in the remotest parts of the world -- the ends of the earth so to speak -- and that means a greater need for more efficient mobile solutions to keep them online and working smarter."

After 55 years, Auto Crane continues to lead the service crane and mobile service industries through safety-focused innovation and an entrepreneurial drive to solve problems. "We are passionate about the safety and productivity of the people who use our products on a daily basis," says Kris Cleveland, Auto Crane's director of sales and marketing. "As we look back at the origins of Auto Crane and all of the industry firsts that define us, we are thrilled to see our products at work now around the world."

The company's commitment to meeting safety challenges -- from the North American oil fields to the mines of Mongolia -- has dramatically improved the energy, mining and construction industries around the world, and leaves a lasting legacy for the decades to come.

About Ramsey Industries

Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Ramsey Industries is comprised of three wholly owned subsidiaries that include Auto Crane, Eskridge and Ramsey Winch. Auto Crane designs and manufactures a comprehensive line of truck-mounted electric and hydraulic cranes, crane service bodies, crane control technologies, accessories, and mobile solutions for the energy, mining, construction, industrial, forestry and railroad industries. Eskridge is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of planetary gear drives and anchor drives, digger drives, and multiple-disc brakes. Ramsey Winch designs and manufactures industry-leading industrial and consumer winches for use in towing and recovery, industrial, petroleum, off-road and ATV vehicles. For more information, visit us at autocrane.com, eskridgeinc.com and ramseywinch.com.