Mega crane fab project for EC company

24 July 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202019804

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Mega crane fab project for EC company

PORT Elizabeth-based Load Mass Crane Services (LMCS) was awarded a contract to design, manufacture and install a 40-ton Double Girder Overhead Crane for Auria Solutions that will be used in their new production facility currently under construction in the East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).

This overhead crane has an installed span measuring a whopping 22,5 meters and a total lifting height of 10 meters.

The crane has a 40-ton main hoist as well as a 20-ton auxiliary hoist. Both hoists are monitored by a load summation system and will ensure that the crane’s total combined lifting capacity with both hoists never exceeds the designed 40-ton working load limit of the crane.

The crane comes with features such as radio remote control, variable speed drives on all its travel motions to ensure smooth acceleration and deceleration when travelling on the gantry with loads, as well as having an integrated brake logic controller to add additional safety and reliability on the hoist braking systems.

The hoisting and travel machinery were supplied by Condra, and are designed and manufactured in South Africa.

The crane girders were designed and manufactured at Load Mass Crane Service’s Port Elizabeth facilities that employ boilermakers and fabricators specialising in crane girder fabrication, gantry structures and general steel and other lifting application fabrication.

The crane and machinery was manufactured and completed within eight weeks.

The total contract value for the supply and installation of the crane, as well as the supply and installation of the crane long travel rails and down-shop power feed system came to R3,1 million.

This crane is the fifth overhead crane that LMCS has manufactured and supplied into the East London IDZ over the last three years. They have also manufactured and supplied 12 overhead cranes ranging in capacities from 5-ton to 50-ton in various configurations and specifications into the Coega IDZ and logistics park over the past couple of years.

Other noteworthy contracts include the design, manufacture and installation of large span 15-ton and 30-ton Condra overhead cranes, as well as a 20-ton Condra portal crane, all for Aberdare Cables during 2017.

Load Mass Crane Services head office and workshops are in Port Elizabeth. They have a large branch in East London and smaller service centre in George looking after clients in the Southern and Western Cape regions.

The company provides specialised load testing services, repairs and maintenance of all types of lifting machines, all types of cranes and hoisting equipment, supplies of lifting tackle, electric hoists and crane spares.

It manufactures cranes, gantry structures, monorail systems locally at their Port Elizabeth and East London facilities, and supply light rails crane systems to the automotive sector.

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