Below-the-hook equipment manufacturer Modulift, a specialist provider of modular spreader beams, supplied rigging equipment to Polcom Modular for the installation of 260 pre-fabricated structural modular bedrooms at the iconic riverside newbuild.Modular construction is fast becoming a building method of choice for organisations looking for rapid project completion, assured quality standards and minimal impact on the environment or the local area, said Ben Paget, structural director at Polcom, which was contracted to design, manufacture, supply and install the bedrooms over an 11-week period, all at night.The modules had bespoke lifting eyes integrated into the structural framing that were utilised by the rigging team. Each bedroom-corridor module weighed approximately 8 tonnes, while the heavier bedroom-corridor-bedroom modules were around 12.5 tonnes.Modulift provided standard MOD 24 and MOD 50 spreader beams, which offer 24-tonne capacity at 5 m (17 ft) and 50-tonne capacity at 8 m (26 ft) respectively, as well as slings and shackles, which were used in either single or one-over-two configuration depending on the lifting points on the modules; some were four-point lifts and others eight-point. Below-the-hook equipment amounted up to 1.25 tonnes in weight for each lift.Polcom utilised a tower crane leased by Balfour Beatty, the major contractor, which was already onsite for other lifts related to the construction project. Paget explained that as the crane was sourced prior to completion of the module design, limited height was available for the top floor bedrooms.He added: “We had to modify the top floor lift with shortened chains and tighter angles to accommodate the final lifts. The module centres of gravity were not quite central and we had to manually compensate some of them with sandbags. Modulift’s design service was critical to successful delivery of the project, giving us access to high quality drawings, specifications and expertise, particularly beneficial in offsetting the centre of gravity positions during design of the lifting frames.”During the day, spreader beams and lifting equipment was stored in a purpose-built cage that slotted onto the top of a module, located by the lifting eyes. Polcom moved the cage up each time work started on a new floor level.Prior to installation the modules were transported from Poland to London Thamesport, where they were placed in storage. Most could be moved under normal transport restrictions but the widest had to be accompanied by special escorts. The entire modular installation crew consisted of between six and ten people, involved in onsite bolting of the modules, as well as rigging and traffic marshalling.Paget concluded: “Our modular system is designed bespoke to every project. Size and shape varies according to the architecture. Where possible we limit the overall width, length and height to standard transportation limits to avoid extra costs, but this is not always possible.”Polcom originally tested the rig in a one-over-two-over-four configuration but height restrictions onsite meant it had to proceed with either single or one-over-two configurations. www.modulift.comwww.polcomgroup.com
National Instruments today at NI Week has announced thethe Wireless Test System (WTS), a solution that dramatically lowers the cost of high-volume wireless manufacturing test. This Test Set can be used to test a range of wireless technologies including Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and Cellular including LTE-Advanced.The WTS combines the latest advances in PXI hardware to offer a single platform for multi-standard, multi- DUT and multi-port testing. When used with flexible test sequencing software, such as the TestStand Wireless Test Module, manufacturers can significantly improve instrument utilization when testing multiple devices in parallel. The WTS integrates easily into a manufacturing line with ready-to-run test sequences for devices that use chipsets from suppliers like Qualcomm and Broadcom as well as integrated DUT and remote automation control. With these features, customers are seeing considerable efficiency gains from their RF test equipment and further reducing their cost of test.The Test Set is built on PXI hardware and LabVIEW and TestStand software (see the Semiconductor Test System launched in 2014). With support for wireless standards from LTE Advanced to 802.11ac to Bluetooth Low Energy, the WTS is designed for manufacturing test of WLAN access points, cellular handsets, infotainment systems and other multi-standard devices that include cellular, wireless connectivity and navigation standards. Software-designed PXI vector signal transceiver technology inside the WTS delivers superior RF performance in the manufacturing test environment and a platform that can scale with the evolving requirements of RF test.The Internet of Things is expected to push more devices to include RF and sensor functionality, which has traditionally been expensive to test. The NI Wireless Test Set based on the PXI Platform can reduce test costs and multiply throughput on the production floor with a system optimized for measurement speed and parallel test. Visit http://ni.com/wts to learn more.
Patriots? Chiefs? Cowboys? Who’ll be the last unbeaten NFL team standing? NFL free agency news: Patriots sign Cody Kessler to add QB depth Le’Veon Bell to Jets fans after Patriots loss: ‘Just keep believing’ “I think they’re good at all levels, so that’s the challenging part,” Brady said. “They have a good front, very good at linebacker, very good in the secondary, play the pass well, tough, physical, stout defense, well-coached, fundamentally sound. They play well at home. It’s a great environment.”So, it’s pretty tough, it’s pretty tough. It’s a great challenge. They’re 3-0, they’re off to a great start and it’s going to be really a great environment for football. They’re going to challenge us. This will be the toughest game we’ve faced, and we’re going to have to play a great game.”The 3-0 @Patriots will go on the road and take on the 3-0 Bills in Week 4.Since @TomBrady became a starter in 2001, no QB has more wins at New Era Field (the Bills’ home stadium) than he does. pic.twitter.com/13YKBc7htq— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 24, 2019Brady added the Bills are “a very good team.” The Tom Brady to Dorsett touchdown. pic.twitter.com/qCXH0Rns6w— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 22, 2019″You know, football is a contact sport,” Brady said. “I wouldn’t say I’m a spring chicken anymore. So, I’m trying to just feel as great as I can and see how it goes (Thursday). But, I feel pretty good.”The Patriots will look to remain undefeated when they face the 3-0 Bills in Buffalo on Sunday. Buffalo enters the matchup with the No. 5 ranked defense in the NFL. Related News Tom Brady is feeling “pretty good” despite being limited in practice, he told reporters. The 42-year-old star has been dominant so far this season, throwing for 911 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions as the Patriots have opened 3-0. Brady was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday because of a calf injury, but he said there was nothing to worry about. “I think (the Bills play) a great style of defense because (they) really make the offense earn everything, and I think they have very smart players that all work well together,” Brady said. “I think they’re playing really well. They’re playing well on offense, they’ve got a very good defense, they’re turnover driven, they win close games.” The Patriots’ matchup with the Bills will kick off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
The biggest UFC pay-per-view remaining in 2019 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, as UFC 244 takes place from Madison Square Garden in New York City.Canelo-Kovalev to start after UFC 244 ends: Watch on DAZN The main event features Nate Diaz fighting Jorge Masvidal to crown the BMF (Baddest Motherf—) champion.The bout almost didn’t make it to the finish line when last Thursday afternoon Diaz took to Twitter and said he wouldn’t be taking on Masvidal because USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, informed him that he had an adverse drug test finding, testing positive for a prohibited selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM).Your all on steroids not me pic.twitter.com/ykrZmRIoPS— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 24, 2019Diaz denied wrongdoing said, and if USADA and the UFC didn’t get the situation resolved, then he wouldn’t be getting on a plane for the event. A little more than 24 hours later, Diaz was cleared for UFC 244, and the test result was due to a contaminated organic, vegan and plant-based multivitamin. In August, Diaz (20-11) returned from nearly a three-year layoff after splitting two fights with Conor McGregor in 2016 and defeated Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision at UFC 241. During his post-fight interview, Diaz challenged Masvidal, who was sitting cageside at the event, to a loud ovation because he felt they were only the two legitimate fighters.”The reason I was off was because everyone sucks,” Diaz said. “There was no one to fight. Jorge Masvidal had a good last fight. Good last fight… There ain’t no gangsters in this game anymore. Nobody does it but me and him.”MORE: Full betting preview for Nate Diaz vs. Jorge MasvidalAt first, it appeared the UFC wouldn’t listen to what the fans wanted. Eventually, the company came around and booked the highly-anticipated clash at the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. While Masvidal (34-13) was well-known, he hadn’t been able to crack into the next tier of the sport. But that started to change slightly after venturing over to England and scored a vicious second-round knockout over countryman Darren Till. But it was what happened after the KO that made people take notice when he got into backstage incident with fellow welterweight Leon Edwards, who talked trash to Masvidal during an interview. Masvidal went on to throw numerous punches that connected to Edwards, which “Gamebred” termed it the “three-piece with the soda”. The saying caught the world’s attention.If the world didn’t know who Masvidal was, they knew him after UFC 239 when he notched the most brutal knockout of not only 2019 but in quite some time, throwing a flying knee to begin to the head of Ben Askren, and a couple added punches for good measure to win in just five seconds.There u go… boom! Fastest knockout in UFC history at 5 seconds! @GamebredFighter KOs @Benaskren #UFC239 pic.twitter.com/iYBcc42pl0— Haider Yutim (@hyder_yutim) July 7, 2019With one fight, Masvidal became an instant mega-star, and here we are.Diaz vs. Masvidal is expected to be one of the most exciting contests of 2019 and of recent memory. You have two guys fans are solidly behind so much that the UFC created a gimmick belt which they never do with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson putting the belt around the waist of the winner. While the main event has captured the attention of the sport’s world, the undercard is quite exciting as well.Here is everything you need to know about UFC 244.What time is the Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal fight?UFC 244 will take place Saturday, Nov. 2. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET. Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal should enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET.For fans also interested in the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight title fight, that bout will not start until after Masvidal-Diaz has ended. The Canelo-Kovalev fight will be shown on DAZN.How to watch, live stream UFC 244The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99. Every PPV can be seen exclusively through the end of 2025 on ESPN+. Where is the UFC 244 taking place?UFC 244 will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal betting oddsAccording to Sportsbook Review, Masvidal is a slight favorite. Jorge Masivdal is a -165 favorite, which means you’d need to bet $165 to win $100. Nate Diaz is a +139 underdog, meaning if you were to bet $100, you would net $139.Nate Diaz career record, bioName: Nate DiazNationality: AmericanBorn: April 16, 1985Height: 6-0Reach: 76 inchesTotal fights: 31Record: 20-11Jorge Masvidal career record, bioName: Jorge MasvidalNationality: AmericanBorn: Nov. 12, 1984Height: 5-11Reach: 74 inchesTotal fights: 47Record: 34-13 UFC 244 fight cardMain CardJorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz; Welterweight Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till; Middleweight Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque; Welterweight Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov; Heavyweight Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie; Lightweight Preliminary Card Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker; Light Heavyweight Shane Burgos vs. Makwan Amirkhani; Featherweight Brad Tavares vs. Edmen Shahbazyan; Middleweight Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik; Heavyweight Jennifer Maia vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Women’s Flyweight Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre; Welterweight Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu; Featherweight