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Uncle Tobys outsourcing crane maintenance

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article image Konecrane's maintenance program in progress.

UNCLE Tobys has enhanced its workplace safety by contracting out the maintenance of cranes and hoists at its biggest food manufacturing site at Wahgunyah, near Albury in NSW, to the cranes’ manufacturer, Konecranes .

The site - part of Goodman Fielder Consumer Foods - has about 26 chain and wire rope hoists under maintenance by Konecranes. They vary in lifting capacity from 125kg to three tonnes.

The hoists are used on raw materials, manufacturing equipment and workshop equipment. The most common function of the hoists is for changing over machinery between production runs.

Steve Coombes, site services manager at the Wahgunyah plant, said Konecranes was servicing the wear and tear of everyday operations through regular inspections and repairs to the level of the relevant Australian Standard, AS 2550 (Konecranes to check).

"Because Konecranes come in and inspect our hoists regularly, they don't often break down. Whenever damage or wear is found during an inspection, we get a work order prepared for it immediately.

"Our contract with Konecranes is a simple needs-based one that meets our requirements. It's about getting the work done to a standard, making sure the site is safe and compliant, and giving us peace of mind," Mr Coombes said.

Konecranes Australia managing director Edward Yakos said the programmes applied to Uncle Tobys' hoists were designed to go beyond preventive and predictive maintenance, to a top-tier solution of reliability-based maintenance management.

"The service agreement integrates Konecranes' expertise with Uncle Tobys' own, to achieve the best blend of on-site and outsourced knowledge."

Konecranes has more than 100 specialists in commissioning and maintenance at 24 locations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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