Konecranes is in lifting business providing maintenance, design and supply services for cranes. Crane upgrading by heavy steel company Bradken Industrial including state of the art electronic and remote controls is boosting workplace safety and efficiency at its Ipswich, Queensland premises.
The overhauls and upgrades, undertaken by local staff of the global Konecranes group, include remote controls progressively being fitted to eight overhead cranes at Bradken Ipswich, where rail wagons are manufactured.
Konecranes also completed a modernisation of a 25 tonne hoist, focussing mainly on upgrading electronics. In addition to refurbishing the hoist, a long travel control panel was fitted for guiding the crane’s travel movements.
The Bradken site, located at Karrabin in Brisbane’s west, has been serviced by Konecranes for more than a decade. It is a part of Bradken Resources, a global iron and steel works business headquartered in Newcastle, New South Wales, employing about 5000 worldwide.
Another Bradken site in Queensland, at Runcorn in Brisbane’s south, is also serviced by Konecranes. The company services and supplies both overhead cranes and smaller hoist cranes. The local and global expertise of the Konecranes group is employed in essential projects, such as recertifying some of the older cranes. Normally, this is required about every ten years for maintenance work or 25 years for structural testing of the cranes. It is a safety measure, to comply with Australian Standards.
Konecrane’s remote control systems are state of the art products of the Konecranes group, which employs nearly 9,600 people in 43 countries and has more than 373,000 cranes of all brands under service contracts. Konecranes industrial cranes and hoists are used by many industries including automotive production, energy and resources, manufacturing, metal and mineral processing, primary product and paper processing and ports and infrastructure projects globally.
Konecrane’s remote control systems available throughout Australasia and include REMOX Radio Control Systems that have been designed for a variety of demanding industrial crane applications to increase productivity and reduce the risk of accidents. Sealed and electrically shielded, REMOX Radio Control Systems are resistant to the most demanding industrial environments and are also suited for outdoor use. In addition to standard models, the REMOX product range provides a possibility to build customised radio control systems.
Konecranes has launched an audit service in Australasia drawing on its global CRS programme to help industries to determine whether their overhead lifting equipment achieves optimum reliability, performance and mandatory safety standards.