New hoist and crane tech ups rail company’s lifting game
29 October 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202020938
KONECRANES recently installed their C Series electric chain hoist at a local rail company’s brake and motor assembly line. It will be utilised in conjunction with a jib crane at the assembly workshop and was required to give a lifting capacity of 320 kg.
Emil Berning, Managing Director, Konecranes, South Africa said the rail company had been looking for a new electric chain hoist that could offer greater safety features, more production reliability and uptime while keeping maintenance stoppages to a minimum and being cost efficient.
The hoist boasts a redesigned motor cooling system, offers up to a 50% longer runtime and a brake built for over a million operations. Improved safety features comprise an operating limit switch and safety clutch that have been enhanced for a safer and better performance and reliability.
“The C Series was only recently launched in South Africa, so we are particularly delighted to see it in action on a production floor so quickly. Konecranes, through the advanced features of the C Series, now offers customers a state-of-the-art electric chain hoist that will make a major difference at customer’s lifting facilities,” Berning said.
He added that the C-series had been ‘built smart’ and is the most advanced electric chain hoist available, offering a lifting capability of up to 5,000 kg. “The C-series brings more control and mobility to working areas due to its more compact hoist shape.”
In another coup for Konecranes, Italian-based InoxPlus, who assemble and handle stainless steel and electromechanical components for the construction and machinery industries, recently took possession of a Konecranes S Series overhead crane with a newly designed Compact Box.
The S Series crane includes Konecrane’s unique synthetic wire rope hoist. The synthetic wire rope hoist gives a barb free operation, safer handling and easier load carrying as well as reduced maintenance costs.
The S Series with the Compact Box offers benefits such as outside welds for ease of inspection, a sliding connection for smooth movement on runways. The synthetic rope suits InoxPlus’ applications by giving a gentler handling of steel sheets and a cleaner operation. Compared to conventional ropes, the synthetic rope has a superior resistance and lifespan, Berning said.
The Konecranes Compact Box is a new main girder type with a modular structure making transportation far easier. “Precision and the rope angle features were other elements of the S Series overhead crane that impressed InoxPlus.
“The S Series overhead crane has application from aerospace to laboratory clean rooms and engine assemblies, in fact practically every manufacturing industry requiring reliable and cost-efficient crane equipment.”