Konecranes is introducing a new diagnostic technology in Australasia that evaluates the working condition of wire ropes in lifting equipment.
RopeQ is a practical diagnostic system that assesses the safety and reliability of wire ropes using advanced, proprietary Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods, says Konecranes Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr Warren Ashton.
Using electromagnetic technology to assess the inner/ outer wires and strands of wire ropes, the diagnostic tool achieves reliable, accurate and repetitive inspection results, detecting flaws that are not visible to the naked eye, thus improving the overall safety of the lifting equipment.
RopeQ applies an electromagnetic-inductive testing method to detect flaws that are not visible on the surface of wire ropes, producing an accurate assessment that can increase safety and reduce wire rope costs.
The RopeQ diagnostic tool fastens to wire rope assemblies and records a series of interior images along the entire length of the wire rope, producing data that pinpoints all areas and degrees of degradation.
The precise results help to determine continued use or replacement of the wire ropes.
By optimising wire rope change intervals in high duty applications and critical equipment, RopeQ can improve the total lifecycle costs of equipment.
Mr Ashton explains that the strands and core of wire ropes are subjected to tension, bending and abrasion throughout their working life, which can compromise strength and safety.
Routine maintenance often relies on pre-determined replacement intervals regardless of the actual condition of the wire ropes. This method would result in unnecessary replacement of safe and operable ropes, resulting in wasteful downtime and increased costs.
RopeQ produces verifiable condition assessments that can be compared against discard criteria, reducing the possibility of changing wire ropes that are still compliant with lifting regulations.
The wire rope diagnostic technology is backed by more than 80 years of experience and research in the design and maintenance of hoisting equipment by Konecranes, which has more than 365,000 cranes of all brands under service contracts worldwide.
The expertise of Konecranes Australasian service operations was recognised recently when its Western Australian branch was declared the global group’s best service branch in the world from among 370 branches internationally.
Konecranes has launched an audit service in Australasia drawing on its global CRS programme to help industries determine whether their overhead lifting equipment achieves optimum reliability, performance and mandatory safety standards.