First Of Its Kind Flagship Overhead Crane System Creates Efficient And Safe Working Environment At Komatsu’s New Remanufacturing Facility
The project called for 25 new overhead cranes:
- 17 double girder wall travelling jib cranes, each with a 6-ton capacity, a reach of 7 metres and an 8 metre height of lift
- Four 32/12-ton double girder overhead cranes, with spans of 16 and 18 metres respectively, and a 12 metre height of lift
- Three 25-ton double girder overhead cranes, with a span of 18 and 12 metres height of lift for their respective bays
- One 5-ton single girder underslung overhead crane, with an 8 metre span and 5 metre height of lift.
It was important to find a solution that could adapt to the very specific requirements of the remanufacturing facility. “Having worked with RGM Cranes on projects within the training centre and workshops on the new campus, we were confident that together with overhead crane OEM Güralp, RGM Cranes was ideally suited to tackle the engineering challenges presented by Komatsu’s cranage requirements in the remanufacturing facility,” says Van Tonder.
The project scope of supply was the first of its kind in Africa, based on the tonnage requirements, work flow aspects and engineering requirements. “Wall travelling jib cranes are not an uncommon item within the African market, but the application and scope of work requirements were what differentiated this project. We required cranage that could not only handle higher capacities, but that could seamlessly slide back and forth above all the work stations without interfering or obstructing the work area,” says Van Tonder.
A highly collaborative relationship was required between all stakeholders in order to meet the very specific parameters set by Komatsu. This entailed numerous visits by the RGM Cranes technical team to Güralp in Turkey, as well as visits by the Güralp technical advisors to South Africa to liaise with and provide advice to the teams responsible for bringing the project to fruition.
Ultimately, this meant that the structure was engineered in terms of Komatsu’s operations, with all deflection ratios required to meet non-negotiable specifications outlined by them.
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