Konecranes UK, the Scotland based overhead crane manufacturer, has won a series of new build and modernisation contracts in the UK in recent months.

Following the installation of three XLD double girder cranes last year, it has received two further orders from the Coventry Press Works stamping plant, where taxi components are manufactured. The first is for a 30t SWL, 25m span double girder crane which will have two speeds on the hoists and Konecranes’ Dyna Invertor variable speed control on the long travel. Condition monitoring and anti-collision systems are also included.

The second contract is to undertake a modernisation plan for an existing crane which runs on the same rail as the newly commissioned crane. Dyna Invertor variable speed control system will be applied to enable speed matching to take place.

Konecranes UK has also taken an order to supply Alcan Rolled Products a new open winch crane for its smelter plant at Rogerstone in Gwent. The 60t SWL, 32.6m span crane is being built at a cost of more than £400,000 ($600,000) and will be delivered in May. It will be fitted with a twin hoist arrangement to lift trays of aluminium from the furnace. DynA technology is fitted throughout as is condition monitoring.

Projects completed recently include fitting vacuum lifting equipment with new controls and wiring to a crane at Corus’s steel mill in Scunthorpe. This £110,000 ($165,000) project enabled the crane to lift steel plates from the rolling mill that are in excess of 400°C.

UK Paper’s Kemsley Mill in Kent at Sittingbourne is another recent client. There, a 50t SWL, 21.8m span crane with Dyna family technology was installed under a £100,000 contract. True vertical lift is achieved using Dynalift Invertor variable speed control on the hoist mechanism and Dynamove Invertor variable speed control on the cross and long travel motions. This is to deliver faster cycle times and more accurate load positioning.

This crane is also fitted with Remox radio control with pendant back-up and has load summation between the hoists to ensure safe weight control at all times. The load summation control is achieved through Konecranes’ SWM (Safe Working Monitor) system. This duplicates the functions of Konecranes CU1 condition Monitor and provides load summation between the hoists.