Manelec supplies cranes for AGCO factory expansion

1 July 2022

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Manelec, manufacturer and supplier of overhead cranes and lifting equipment, has supplied a complete set of cranes, gantry cranes and hoists to its agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO, as part of a factory expansion in Beauvais, northern France.

AGCO, is an American company founded in 1990. It provides agricultural equipment to farmers worldwide through the distribution of recognized brands and its lines of tractors, combine-harvesters, haymaking equipment, seeding and tillage implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as spare parts.

The group is present in France with several plants and a warehouse.

"AGCO is one of our long-time customers and has been working with us on the design, manufacture and installation of its lifting equipment for over 25 years. We work in collaboration with its design office to offer them technical solutions best suited to their needs. We are proud of the relationship of trust we have built with them,” said Yousfi, Branch manager, Manelec.

The company recently expanded its tractor manufacturing plant in Beauvais on an existing industrial site adjacent to the plant with several buildings and needed to install lifting and handling equipment.

Manelec is a Verlinde partner and member of the Verlinde after-sales team and has been working with AGCO since it moved to Beauvais in the 1990s with the supply and maintenance of its lifting equipment.

Since 2021, Manelec has installed a 2 x 600kg overhead crane equipped with two Verlinde Eurochain VX 10 electric chain hoists and an onboard weighing system to limit the load. These hoists are delivered as standard including various equipment along with an electric safety limit switch for high and low positions and an IP55 lifting and steering motor.

It has also installed, a monorail with a Eurochain VR16 Verlinde two-speed electric chain hoist for loads of 1250kg The hoists, for loads from 800kg to 10,000kg, boast of a new concept of lifting clamps with teeth for a perfect chain drive.

The installation was done on top of existing machines, mobilizing Manelec's experience and know-how for accurate and safe handling of the structures. Manelec used manual hoists for the lifting of beams and aerial platforms.

At the same time, for another building on the expansion site, Manelec supplied a 6.3 ton overhead crane with a 28m span and a self-supporting structure. It is used for special changes made to tractors. The crane is equipped with a Verlinde Eurobloc VT2 electric wire rope hoist having a steering motor with variable speed from 3 to 20 m/min. The installation of this crane meant that the foundations had to be adapted beforehand with a 32-meter consolidation pit.

In the spring of 2022, Manelec installed a 5-ton bi-rail crane with a self-supporting structure and two self-propelled gantry cranes of 3200kg each, autonomous and equipped with radio control. AGCO is pleased with the equipment in place and continues to work with Manelec on any future projects.