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Overhead Cranes from Konecranes Installed at Tubular Steel Manufacturing Plant

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Overhead cranes from Konecranes were specified for installation at a new purpose-built steel manufacturing facility in Melbourne.  

Konecranes is a major producer of overhead cranes and lifting equipment.

When Peter Wilson, director of Independent Tube Mills (ITM) started planning the company’s new manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s western suburbs last year, he had no hesitation in specifying overhead cranes from Konecranes.

Based on his 30-year experience in the steel industry and having used Konecranes previously, he was convinced of their performance.

ITM is a privately-owned Australian company, specialising in the manufacture of high quality tubular steel products using advanced technology available for rolled steel manufacturing.  

Konecranes’ lifting technology used at the rolled steel manufacturing facility is part of an extensive range used by industries such as automotive production, energy and resources, manufacturing, metal and mineral processing, primary product and paper processing as well as ports and infrastructure projects globally.  

ITM has installed four of Konecranes’ high performance CXT overhead cranes, all with advanced radio remote controls.  

Advantages of Konecranes’ overhead cranes listed by Mr Wilson include safety, superior quality as well as service and reliability.  

ITM has the capacity to produce 55,000 tonnes of steel tube a year, and needed to manoeuvre very heavy loads around the facility.

Mr Wilson says that the lifts can involve weights up to 17 tonnes, and the radio remote-controlled overhead cranes ensure safety for the operators by allowing them to control the crane standing at a distance from the load.

He also congratulated Konecranes on the installation of the four overhead cranes, all involving 22m spans.

ITM utilises a CXT 20-tonne hoist on a double girder to unload the coils when they come in on the trucks. Each coil weighs around 16-17 tonnes, and sits in a specially designed cradle. The crane picks them up and puts them down in their respective positions in the warehouse.

Using the overhead cranes, ITM is able to unload a truck easily within 25-30 minutes and load a semi within 40-45 minutes.

Additionally, a CXT 16-tonne crane services the mill, loading the coil on and off the mill. It can also be used to service the bundler when needed to quickly and efficiently remove any rejects.

A special 10-tonne twin hook rotating crane from Konecranes picks material up off the transfer table of the bundler on the end of the mill. It brings the material down and stores the product in the warehouse.

The fourth 10-tonne single girder has two 5.5-tonne CXT hoists attached, and is designed to pick up the finished product and load the vehicles going out. ITM is currently despatching 6-7 semi trailers per day.

When it came to maintenance, Mr Wilson said he didn’t hesitate to sign up with Konecranes since he believes the manufacturer understands the product much better and would be in a better position to service the equipment.

Mr Wilson advises companies contemplating purchasing overhead cranes to make like-for-like comparisons. He says they should actually go and see a crane in operation, and observe the operator and his ease of controlling the crane.

Konecranes has built its most advanced safety, ergonomic and reliability technologies into its high performance CXT series of industrial cranes and wire rope hoists. 

CXT cranes with individual hoist capacities up to 80 tonnes and complementary CXT wire rope hoists are designed to be industry benchmarks of safety and ergonomics, with easy and effective load handling as well as optimum dimensions for space-saving solutions.    

Konecranes National Sales and Marketing Manager Warren Ashton says Konecranes, as a world leader in crane design, manufacturing and servicing has over the years established a track record of innovations including their groundbreaking CXT crane design.  

According to Mr Ashton, the build of the CXT hoist allows ease of maintenance and keeps sourcing of spare parts simple and economical.

Key features of CXT cranes: 

  • Excellent hook approaches at both ends of the crane
  • Headroom requirement is minimal
  • Eliminates unused or under-utilised space as the crane can operate closer to walls and lift loads higher  
  • Inverter controls deliver smooth starts, acceleration and deceleration to minimise load swing while enabling fast and accurate load positioning
  • Dynafamily inverter controls and pole changing controls are standard options for crane and trolley travelling
  • CXT cranes are available in single and double girder construction with profile or box girder design to meet specific load handling capacity and factory size requirements
  • Top connections and underhung main girder connections are available for different building heights and constructions

Additionally, CXT cranes can be customised to meet exact operational and environmental application requirements with duty classification, speeds and control methods among a wide range of additional features. 

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