Konecranes awarded for Materials Handling Solutions Award
Maintenance Services, Material Handling Equipment, Lifting Equipment
Konecranes partnered with Austal with winning results at this year's Mercury Awards as they took out the Best Materials Handling Solution category, sponsored by Century Yuasa.
Konecranes and Austal worked together to provide a lifting solution for a project constructing large ship sections for the defence arena. Austal typically uses 16 overhead hoists working simultaneously to lift and move each assembled ship section before positioning it into the main structure. Each hoist needed its own operator which meant that 16 employees were engaged in this work at any one time.
Austal approached Konecranes seeking an improved working method that would require fewer employees and provide an all round better solution to ensure the best possible outcome for the company.
Based in Henderson, eight kilometres south of the port city of Fremantle in Western Australia, the shipyard's building halls utilise 32 Konecranes CXT monorail hoists, each with a capacity of 3.2 tonnes. They travel east-west along the 110 metre x 28-metre wide building halls on monorails, with up to several hoists on each rail.
The hoists can be moved from monorail to monorail within the multiple bay building as required.
Austal had formerly used the cranes of another supplier but decided that Konecranes could offer an innovative solution.
Phil Growden, Site Services Manager at Austal described the process of engaging with Konecranes to make the company more efficient in materials handling.
"We needed up to 16 people each with a control button to lift an assembled section of ship," recalled Growden.
"They came up with a solution of multiple remote controls, whereby a single operator can typically control 16 designated hoists and up to 20 at a time. We're pleased with their solution, which works well in practice.
"Konecranes were the only crane supplier who could give us the multiple crane controls we needed," said Growden.
Trevor Ednie, sales manager for Western Australia and South Australian Konecranes branches said "we were pleased to be able to devise this type of solution for Austal, which makes best use of the advanced lifting technology, sophisticated remote controls and human problem-solving skills that Konecranes is renowned for."
Image: Roger Persson of Konecranes receives the Materials Handling Solutions award.
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