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Konecranes offers an intelligent crane solution for the steel industry

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Konecranes  delivered a crane featuring the new SMARTON technology to BlueScope Steel, a leading steel company in Australia and New Zealand specialising in the production of flat steel products.  

Co-operation between BlueScope Steel and Konecranes started in December 2009 when significant failures of components were found in one of the cranes at the Wingfield steel distribution centre.  

The existing 20-ton crane needed replacement without causing any interruption to the production while adhering to high safety standards as well as strict schedule and budget requirements.

Process for success 

The crane operates in the coil storage area, loading the coil into processing. The amount of dispatches is approximately 100,000 tons per year and 38 working hours per week in two shifts. Service takes place during normal production hours.

Mr Peter Terrison, Maintenance Supervisor at the Wingfield steel distribution centre commented that the entire production was immediately interrupted every time the crane stopped operation.

The new crane was designed at the Konecranes Sydney workshop based on feedback from several stakeholders, utilisation requirements and possible future needs of the plant. A RailQ was also carried out to discover issues with the rail.

Based on the survey, subcontractors were commissioned to realign the existing rail and raise columns to best fit possible. Issues with runway beams were also identified and subsequent bracing made to rectify them.

The crane was delivered in October and the replacement of the rail was performed during shutdown in December 2010.

Smart technology 

By investing in Konecranes’ solution, BlueScope Steel was able to increase solution efficiency and work ergonomics while minimising the disturbance to production. The new SMARTON technology in Konecranes cranes is adjustable, self-monitoring and also built ready for future upgrades.

The smart crane reports directly to Konecranes, which is a unique service in the crane industry.

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