The Core of Lifting is the heart of Konecranes’ thinking when it comes to components and their compatibility. In contrast to other crane providers who buy generic components – such as motors, gears, controls – and combine them, Konecranes has greater control over the performance of the final product in its totality.
Uneven dimensioning can lead to weight imbalance, a slower dynamic response, and higher inertia – all of which can disrupt a crane’s lifecycle. This can be prevented when components are sized to work together without further adaptation.
The LNC 225 gearbox, seen here with a rope drum, is a prime example of the Core of Lifting at work. This is a critical component of our Active Load Control system, which is designed to eliminate container sway on Konecranes container cranes – such as the RTG, RMG, ARMG, ARTG, among others – as they work in container stacks at container ports. The two components shown are designed and made to work together in perfect balance.
The KHW 325 gearbox forms a vital part of the structure of a Konecranes RTG crane. There are eight of them on a 16-wheel Konecranes RTG, two rubber tires per gearbox, a unit called a “bogie”. The bogies on a Konecranes RTG can turn individually, making it easy to move the RTG from one container stack to another.
Text: Ian Fenton