New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Times Square

Every New Year’s Eve, over a billion sets of eyes focus their attention on New York’s Times Square as the large, illuminated New Year’s ball descends 141 feet down a specially designed pole, coming to rest at the base at the stroke of midnight. Such a high-profile spectacle demands that everything runs perfectly, so it’s no surprise that a customized Thern winch is responsible for lowering the 11,875-pound ball on the biggest night of the year.

The 4HPF40M-S8 power winch is specially designed for inverted mounting below the platform on which the pole is mounted, precision line speed to lower the ball in sync with the countdown clock, a closed-loop line system, and a herringbone grooving on the drum for maximum handling control of the 3/4 inch wire rope which connects to the ball.

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