Boral Cement’s Berrima operations play a vital role in the supply of cement to the Australian building and construction industry. Boral decided in 2011 to upgrade from the previously installed Scando 20/32 to the lighter, faster and quieter Alimak Scando 650 hoist.
Installed at Berrima since 2008, the original Scando 20/32 was primarily used for maintenance and inspection work on the processing plant during periods of shutdown. The replacement Alimak Scando 650 would perform the same duties, lifting men and materials to a height of 80m and allowing maintenance operators to access any one of the 10 service platforms.
The new Alimak Scando 650 needed to be operational in time for the December shutdown period, requiring the original Scando 20/32 to be removed and the new Alimak 650 installed within a two-week timeframe.
The dismantling of the existing hoist exposed the severe damage that had occurred to the mast and ties of the Scando 20/32, the result of cement dust accumulation over years on the bolts of the hoist. To ensure the new Alimak Scando 650 was installed in time for Boral’s December shutdown, Alimak Hek employed six field service technicians, guaranteeing the job was completed on time and in line with Alimak Hek’s quality standards.
The Alimak 650 has been in operation at Berrima since December 2011, allowing maintenance crews to access the processing plant for vital inspections and servicing during busy shutdown periods. Alimak Scando 650 goods hoist also features an aluminium construction with lighter doors that are easier to operate, addressing any manual handling hazards and safety concerns.
Key features of Alimak Scando 650 goods hoists:
- Carries both personnel and goods
- Modular system offers flexibility, efficiency, safety and speed
- Payload capacity up to 3,200kg
- Lifting heights of 250m
- Achieves speeds of up to 60m/min, using 40% less power than previous Scando models