The safe working time of a crane and its lifespan might not be precisely the same thing. As the machine’s components age, safety might be compromised even as it continues to function. The priority for modern businesses is to make cranes safer for longer, and here are three ways to do just that.
1. Update the electrical control systems
Electrical control is the heart of a crane, and where advances in technology are most keenly felt. As well as ensuring compliance with today’s regulatory requirements and industry standards, modernization of control systems guarantees the availability of spare parts and technical support. Flexibility is also a factor, as new control systems open up new upgrade paths and additional features to come.
2. Replace the mechanical components
It’s important to note that Konecranes uses the same component platform in modernizations that you’ll find in our new crane solutions, so the safety, lightweight profile, lifting capacity and energy consumption of a brand new crane’s mechanics can be brought to a reconditioned machine.
3. Assess and modify the steel structure
Detailed analysis of an older crane’s structure is required to help ensure the safety of a crane and reduce the potential hazards faced by operators and maintenance personnel alike. This is carried out to identify risky areas for wear and fatigue, and results in repairs and reinforcements to sustain the crane’s safe use well into the future.
Text: Ian Fenton