Demag Cranes & Components , a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, has supplied crane systems for the new production location operated by John Deere in Russia. This major order comprises 35 crane installations which operate on two assembly lines run by this large manufacturer of agricultural machinery.
John Deere built its new manufacturing plant and spare parts distribution centre close to Russia’s largest airport Domodedovo. The company assembles large tractors, combine harvesters, backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, timber harvesters and forwarders in an area measuring 20,000 square metres. In addition, a 27,000 square metre parts distribution facility has been built to supply John Deere customers direct in Russia and the surrounding markets.
All tractors and harvesters are indexed to pass through individual stations along the two assembly lines at the plant. To create the stations, Demag Cranes & Components erected a total of 18 free-standing steel superstructures which have a footprint of 9.1 x 12 metres and a height of 8.45 m. Installed along the lines are EPDE and EDKE suspension cranes, which are fitted with DR-Pro rope hoists for load capacities of between one and five tonnes.
Three pillar-mounted slewing jib cranes, fitted with chain hoists that each have a load capacity of 250 kg, support the personnel in the assembly of John Deere products. Two upstream stations are each equipped with two radio-controlled EPDE suspension cranes that are fitted with DR-Pro rope hoists offering load capacities of 7.5 and 10 tonnes, which can also be operated in tandem mode.
A further benefit offering improved flexibility is provided by the modular design of the manufacturing cells. They can also be moved if the production requirements change – regardless of the existing building architecture.
A tailored service concept developed by Demag Cranes & Components Russia ensures that the crane installations will be maintained to a high level of availability in future. The completed crane project will provide important support for production as part of John Deere’s growth programme in the country with the largest surface area in the world.