New crane at Adsteel reduces costs, improves efficiency and safety

Diversified
steel trading and distribution company Adsteel has improved cycle times,
increased efficiency and reduced overall costs at their plant in South
Australia with a new Konecranes CXT crane incorporating advanced lighting and
safety features.

The latest
Konecranes unit installed at the Adelaide plant complements three other
existing CXT cranes used in lifting and moving steel for Adsteel, which has an
excellent network of suppliers and steel mills both in Australia and overseas.
Adsteel supplies plate, sheet, tubular, structural and merchant bar among its
broad range.

High
quality customer service has been a key focus of Adsteel’s success for over 20
years and dealing with companies like Konecranes that share a vision of greater
efficiency and safety has helped them achieve this. “In the steel industry,
service is everything,” says Mr Steve Trowbridge, Operations Manager, Adsteel.

“I
was looking to upgrade an old workshop crane, but after thorough research, a
cost-benefit analysis and a business impact evaluation, we concluded that it
would be more cost-efficient to install a new crane. Konecranes were really
thorough and clearly had a lot of expertise in the steel industry,” he said.

Konecranes
Branch Manager for Northern Territory and South Australia Mr John Jackman,
explained that, to get optimum cost-efficiency for Adsteel, he offered them a
rigid girder structure that provided cost savings made possible by the use of
inverter hoisting to reduce shock loading often seen on steel warehouse cranes.

“A guaranteed reduction in
ongoing maintenance costs – such as couplings and brakes – made the additional
purchase price of inverter hoisting justifiable, given that the variable speed
control would stop excessive inching from the operators. Additionally, extended speed range (ESR)
would increase the empty cycle or light lifting cycle speeds, helping the
customer move more steel safely,” said Mr Jackman.

Mr
Trowbridge is impressed by the operational efficiency all four of his
Konecranes units. “They’re efficient, safe and operate at good speeds for our
business. My cycle times have improved with the new CXT crane and my operators
love it. Importantly for us, they’re also backed up by efficient service from
Konecranes,” he said.

Konecranes
also included their latest LED lighting system, which is designed to decrease
power consumption and improve lighting around the critical lifting operations.
Adsteel was so impressed with the quality of this lighting and the reduction in
power usage from overhead lights that they have asked for it to be retro-fitted
to their other CXT cranes.

Konecranes
included a sliding remote control belt with the new CXT crane. This allows the
joystick remote to be slid out of the way of the stomach of the operator when
not in use and moved to the more convenient side position, allowing easy
bending over.

“These
additional features really help the operators. For me it’s all about safety and
efficiency, but comfort and ease-of-use are important to the crane operators,
and I’m pleased that Konecranes could tick all the boxes,” said Mr Trowbridge.

CXT Wire Rope Hoists

CXT
wire rope hoists such as those employed on the Adsteel cranes utilise the
latest advanced technology from the Konecranes group to extend hoist operation
cycles, safety and durability. The versatile hoist can be adapted to a huge
variety of applications and ensures reliably operation, regardless of the
conditions.

The
compact dimensions allow the CXT to utilise smaller spaces more efficiently,
and different trolley configurations maximise the lifting height potential. To
further optimise the efficiency of the crane, the empty hook can be driven with
up to 50% higher speeds compared with the loaded hook, allowing the operator to
choose the most efficient way to operate the hoist.

CXT
hoists also come with a range of optional features for customers who are
looking to further increase their efficiency and performance.

The
latest CXT wire rope hoists are available with smart features including:

  • Adaptive
    Speed Range (ASR) – this allows very slow speeds, which are important in moment
    of load lift-off and lowering. It also has the ability to lift up to 50% faster
    when lifting 25% of the maximum load or less.
  • Extended
    Speed Range (ESR) – this is an extension of the ASR that allows even faster
    speeds and a wider range of control. ESR is typically used in heavy use
    industries with high volume cycles and with a higher percentage of medium to
    heavy load
  • Load
    control – designed to make the operator’s work safer and more productive.
  • Positioning
    and area control – designed to assist the operator in positioning the load more
    efficiently and accurately. It also allows the crane’s working area to be
    adapted to the varying physical layout of individual facilities and production
    lines.