Telecom Monopole Service
How to Fix and Replace Monopole Radio Units Only Using a Telescopic Boom Lift From a Single Setup Point
What was the challenge?
Our client, a $35M family-owned regional electrical services provider employs over 250 experienced employee and contractor electricians. They deliver superior electrical construction and maintenance services to a large variety of industrial and commercial clients, government, and building management institutions across the mid-Atlantic region.
The client’s climbers and electricians frequently rent JLG man-lifts and cranes to install or repair electric infrastructure at heights. The client’s management team has long been frustrated with their crane provider. For some time, breakdowns in the provider’s communication on dispatch and billing resulted in poor end-customer experience and lost revenue. The client had never seen extreme height-access, German-made, telescopic boom lifts, custom-built on Kenworth chassis, but quickly decided to try it as an alternative to their expensive and uncooperative supplier.
The challenge for the test project involved a 165-foot monopole owned by American Tower in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The job consisted of lifting radio modules of 50-80 pounds each on ropes affixed to the basket, removing the old modules from the monopole, and installing the new ones.
Alpha Platforms committed to completing this job in one day.
What was the solution?
What was the outcome?
The entire job typically would have taken 10 hours or more. Alpha completed it in 6 hours, including setup and takedown.
Alpha created efficiencies through a streamlined process of lifting new parts into the cage. Our operator continuously rotated the cage around the monopole allowing workers to remove and replace old parts by many hands-on-deck in the same basket working together. Also, not having to move the truck once as the workers quickly went up, down, and around the pole dramatically increased their productivity.
- 12-foot extra large cage
- 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
- Jib length 31’6’’
- Parking in tight spaces 8’6’’ wide
- Jib length 31’6’’
- Cage rotation 2 x 80°
from Case Studies
Excellent service, arriving on time every day, responsible with the load limit, very attentive to the lubrication and controls of the crane.
I had an emergency project on a 140' high voltage tower and needed Alpha Platforms next day. They were so helpful and expedient walking me through the entire process so I was comfortable with the deal. They showed up to my site next day and cut about 2 days off of the project due to the safety, speed and efficiency of their lift and operators. I'll never rent or hire another lift company. I would recommend Alpha platforms for all your high reach needs.
Jon told me that it was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. City Sign Service, Inc. will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects
We had an exceptional experience with Alpha! They are professionals, great operator team. Overall reliable, recommended will certainly return for my future needs hands down.
My company used alpha lifts to clean a 14 floor building and they were great. Very accommodating, always on time, and will work with you to get the job done safe and sound. The lifts they provide are state of the art and can pretty much reach any low rise building under 250 feet. I’d recommend them to anyone doing window cleaning or facade cleaning, or anything king of height access work!
We wanted to give it a try and see what this boom truck could do. We loved the idea of a wide basket that could reach up to 30 feet and get to the brick wall over the roof. The main reason we loved the truck was how it maneuvered the boom to lower the bricks inside a dumpster, which was located behind the truck. It saved us at least one extra day of work. It all went great.
The project was performed successfully, and we were really glad to have contactless means of reaching the building, as we all know that pipe scaffold might damage the structure, in this case, very very sensitive.
Alpha has the most efficient and leanest site setup time I’ve ever seen. My brother, who is the top climber of our group, first struggled to understand how this cage could go around the tower better than the crane - and when it did the whole 360°, he became a believer. Also, each laborer said how incredibly safe they felt - very different from the small crane basket. We were able to secure and push back the panels in place without the basket ever moving.
That is a fine piece of equipment! And the competent, professional group that goes along with it is just the cherry on top. I really appreciate everything. I'm sure we'll be able to use Alpha again in the future as we get these opportunities. In fact, it will only help our business knowing we have a safe, reliable solution to these over 50‘ height challenges.
Excellent team working with us, always willing to do anything for the best
It was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top-notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From the first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. We will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects. Thank you for your help!