World-leading crane supplier Konecranes has installed 23 overhead cranes at BAE Systems’ Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne, Australia over the past two years.
BAE Systems is currently executing a contract to build air warfare destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy.
BAE Systems, the Australian arm of the UK-owned defence and aerospace giant is carrying out block construction work on the three Hobart-class destroyers with the blocks comprising of hull machinery compartments and bow and stern sections of the ships.
Konecranes has supplied the overhead cranes in several variants including double girder cranes as well as chain hoists with some of the units incorporating special safety and efficiency features such as magnet systems and sway control.
In addition to the supply of cranes, Konecranes is also refurbishing existing cranes and carrying out routine monthly maintenance at the BAE Systems project site in Williamstown, Victoria, managing all the cranes and lifting equipment. Konecranes has also re-certified 10 cranes in accordance with Australian Standards.
Konecranes’ overhead cranes are mainly used for lifting steel plates, welded sections and related equipment in the manufacture of the hull blocks for the destroyers.
According to Shayne Murray, Procurement and Sub Contracts Manager, BAE Systems, Konecranes was selected as their crane supplier at the start of the project about three years ago for reasons such as their size and reputation as well as their ability to fulfil the company’s requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Konecranes District Manager David Eynaud said that Konecranes was able to back up its supply contract to BAE Systems with a highly qualified and motivated technical team as well as a vast local store of crane parts and components, numbering some 2000 items.
He identifies Konecranes’ ‘can do’ approach as a key differentiating factor, one that views issues as challenges and enjoys finding solutions to help the client fulfil the demands of its contract.
Key features of Konecranes’ double girder overhead cranes:
- High performance hoisting motors with 60% ED rating combine extra power with superior cooling characteristics
- Employs fast and accurate load positioning with True Lift as standard
- Large rope drum diameter and short drum length restrict horizontal travel of the hook to only 5mm during a 1m lift
- Sway control minimises swinging or swaying of the load, modifying the operator’s speed command so that the requested speed is reached without end swing
- Provides cost-effective, safe and reliable solutions to lifting needs up to 5000kg
- Available with hook suspension, manual push trolley or motorised trolley
- Motor trolleys equipped with inverter speed controls to allow smooth operation and easy handling
- Compliance maintenance programs to ensure compliance with local regulations and laws
- Preventive maintenance programs to prevent component failures and equipment safety issues
- Predictive maintenance programs to prioritise current and future repair needs
- Reliability-based maintenance programs to track the reliability history of the equipment
The Konecranes’ service network is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, servicing all makes of cranes worldwide.