Global crane OEM Konecranes has been chosen by Yallourn Power Station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley for carrying out crane reliability surveys on cranes due for recertification. Konecranes already services the other major coal-fired power stations in the area.
Adrian Zwagerman, Field Supervisor Maintenance Support, Energy Australia, Yallourn Power Station explained Konecranes was chosen to meet a WorkCover requirement that crane surveys, rectification work and recertification be conducted by an independent third party.
Konecranes’ team of maintenance engineers has since surveyed five cranes installed in buildings throughout the power station, and are used in maintenance functions, lifting various items of equipment such as motors, couplings and boxes. Surveys will then be carried out on four cranes in the logistics warehouse and five cranes (up to 110 tons) in the turbine gallery. Konecranes have also been asked to quote for these ongoing surveys.
Konecranes’ proprietary Crane Reliability Survey (CRS) is an exhaustive analysis and report available for all makes and models of overhead lifting equipment, and is designed to provide dependable information about the current condition, the continued safe use, the DWP (Design Work Period) and the future maintenance and modernisation needs of cranes, in compliance with Australian Standards.
Performed by a team of highly-trained and experienced Konecranes specialists using advanced technology, the CRS offers a comprehensive report that outlines the condition of each crane and its current operating capacity.
The report contains recommendations for the future actions needed to maximise the equipment’s use by enhancing safety, improving performance, increasing reliability and extending the life of the equipment. Crane managers are able to make informed decisions on a maintenance schedule to increase their crane utilisation and enhance materials handling productivity.
Highlights of Konecranes’ Crane Reliability Survey:
- Employs advanced diagnostic tools to probe into the equipment and uncover problems undetectable by standard equipment inspections
- Detailed assessment of the condition of the crane’s key components includes analysis of the electrical components, motor, rope, gears and hooks
- Analysis of the crane’s steel structure and geometry
- Metallurgical tests performed in situ, using diagnostic tools such as eddy current testing, involving electromagnetic induction
Ivan Stancik, Business Development Officer for Konecranes said his organisation placed great value on customer feedback about service work and crane survey work, which involved three stages. The first was the engineers’ reports, covering the categories of safety, compliance and reliability. The second stage was rectification works, while the final stage was crane recertification after the safety and compliance work had been carried out.
About 30 cranes will eventually be surveyed for recertification at Yallourn Power Station.