Global crane manufacturer and service leader Konecranes is extending its technology and leadership involvement in the steel industry by being a major sponsor of the Australian Steel Convention for the 5th year in a row.
At this year’s convention, hosted in Melbourne CBD, Konecranes, which employs over 12,000 people across 600 locations in 48 countries, demonstrated its Uniton crane. Uniton is particularly applicable to the steel industry and related uses such as materials handling, manufacturing and maintenance.
A strong focus this year was also on advanced technologies such as Smart features, lifecycle care through yourKONECRANES and the new Konecranes parts store, all of which are designed to provide a greater level of safety, reliability and information that can help to better plan maintenance and service schedules.
“Our continued support of this convention provides us with a valuable opportunity to discuss the steel industry with other experts and help shape its future into one that is safe, efficient and reliable,” says Konecranes managing director, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines, James Dowe.
Mr Dowe attended Konecranes’ booth at the convention, along with Konecranes head of APAC region, Steve Gagnuss, national industrial equipment sales manager, Peter Monaghan and operations manager, Daniel Mccarney.
“Our company has a strong ethos of safety, which is vital to the steel industry. I’ve had some insightful conversations about the future of the steel industry at past conferences, and we were visited by those interested in cranes for the steel industry who saw the latest advanced technologies for the steel industry,” says Mr Dowe.
“One of our biggest focuses over the past 12 months has been on improving the user experience when deciding on, ordering and receiving a crane, part or service. Our lifecycle care campaign can add years to the overall life of valuable plant and identify problems before they occur,” he says.
Konecranes recently launched an intuitive new crane parts store to Australasia, making it easier for customers to find the parts they need, check availabilities and track orders. In addition to the full suite of Konecranes parts, the store will also offer replacement parts for all makes and models of crane, regardless of the original manufacturer.
The new store (store.konecranes.com) is designed to improve inventory and lead time accuracy, as well as make it as simple as possible to find crane parts, regardless of the make or model.
Uniton is an excellent all-around crane with good fundamentals and performance. It provides the duty class, hoisting speeds and trolley traversing speeds you need and full compliance with your safety requirements.
Uniton has a number of distinct advantages for steel and related industries, including maintenance-friendly trolley, a range of operator interfaces, extended Speed Range as option and built for the customer’s environment
Konecranes’ new yourKONECRANES customer portal provides direct access to maintenance data – including planned inspections, service and reports – in an easy-to-access and responsive web interface.
Smart features are available on most cranes, and make operations safer and more productive using advanced technologies. Examples include: sway control, target positioning, shock load control, and safety zoning.
Regenerative drive systems
Protected areas are part of safety zoning, a smart feature that allows the user to pre-define areas where the crane cannot enter, preventing collisions with workers or other expensive equipment
All these features are designed to integrate Konecranes’ equipment with customers’ overall handling systems. The simple objective is to increase productivity, reduce manpower and improve energy saving and environmental targets