Konecranes to deliver three cranes for paper mill expansion

28 March 2024

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Konecranes is supplying Sofidel America, a global tissue paper producer, with three toprunning double-girder cranes and runways for its new paper mill in Circleville, Ohio.

The order was won last year with deliveries scheduled in Q3 2024.

The cranes will be integral to Sofidel’s paper production and assist in the new mill’s equipment installation and commissioning. The equipment includes 45-ton, 20-ton, and 10-ton cranes tailored to Sofidel’s needs, supporting water extraction, paper fibre collection and spindle rolling, and providing back-up support as needed.

“Konecranes’ proven track record in the paper industry was a decisive factor for Sofidel, and their customisable overhead cranes will boost the reliability and repairability of the plant,” said Omer Ahmed, spare parts technical coordinator at Sofidel.

“As our clients increasingly seek material handling solutions to optimise productivity and reliability in fastmoving business environments, our Konecranes CXT hoisting platform provides customers with a multitude of safe hoisting feature options that they can customise for their specific lifting applications, ultimately improving productivity and safety,” said Andy Pulfer, sales consultant, Industrial Cranes, Konecranes.

The cranes also feature load control capabilities, such as Hoist Synchronization for coordinated actions between two cranes, and an Extended Speed Range (ESR) system, allowing faster hoist speeds with lighter or no loads to enhance productivity. All cranes are equipped with TruConnect Remote Monitoring, facilitating the collection of condition, usage, and operating data for maintenance planning and predicting possible component or equipment failures.

Sofidel is said to be recognised for its strong commitment to sustainability and advanced technology in paper manufacturing and automation.

Konecranes is a supplier of lifting solutions to the paper industry.