We ensure that our cranes make the customer's operations safer and more productive. Konecranes invests heavily in R&D to bring new technologies and innovations to the market, says Saeesh Nevrekar, Country Manager, WMI Konecranes India. Excerpts from the interview.
What are the latest product / technology trends for industrial cranes?
The latest trend in material handling system is to design lighter, higher efficiency equipment. The power consumption, material of construction, operating noise levels and eco-friendly features nowadays plays a big role while introducing new products in the market. In today's industrial scenario, productivity is extremely important. In many industries, breakdowns for even a single day cost huge losses. The next generation cranes are Smart Cranes which are easy to operate with minimum human supervision and reduces downtime.
How do you assess the existing safety norms and standards?
At present, there are various crane safety, operational and maintenance norm in India like handling the bridge travel, trolley travel, wearing safety accessories, following the safety alarms and signals, regular inspection of critical components of cranes and so on. We have many norms but the main thing is to really implement them in our day-to-day work. Today many advance features has been developed by Konecranes, which ensure the overall safety of a crane, like the Sway Control feature which helps to reduce accidents by preventing load sway and keeps the load steady even if an inexperienced operator is handling the crane. The Adjustable Working Limit feature defines the area in which crane is allowed to move, so the operation of crane can be restricted to a particular area of plant. The Advanced Remote Monitoring Service facility can measure and record the data of crane usage and it can be sent to a centralised technical service team. By recording this data, one can check how the crane is being operated, the maintenance can be planned well and the overall operation of the crane can be monitored. Remote monitoring service provides many benefits to customers; it unlocks the power of information to customers and allows one to see the concrete facts about the crane operation and usage. It also helps to improve safe crane operation, supports usage-driven maintenance and hence saves on annual maintenance cost
To what extent has the concept of intelligent cranes been accepted by user segments?
The Indian market is slowly opening up to the idea of intelligent cranes. As these cranes are equipped with advanced features, the cost is slightly on the higher side. But these cranes are slowly being accepted by Indian market as in the long run these cranes are beneficial and provide optimum returns on investment.
Our intelligent crane, Smarton®, is built with smart and unique features to make customers operations more efficient and safe. Sway control helps to reduce accidents by preventing load sway and keeps the load steady even if an inexperienced operator is operating the crane. Working limit defines the area in which crane is allowed to move, so the operation of crane can be restricted to a particular area of plant. Hoist synchronisation keeps the hooks at the same elevation during hoisting so that there is little danger of the load becoming unbalanced. End positioning helps to designate exact position for load and prevents material damage. Extended speed range helps to lift hook faster when it is empty or with small load to speed up operations. Skew control ensures smooth and steady tracking as the crane travels down the runway. It reduces adverse loads on the crane runway and surrounding structure. Shock load control protects the crane structure by reducing avoidable stresses caused by a heavy load being picked up from the ground.
Truconnect® remote monitoring and reporting collects real usage data from the crane through a remote connection. It provides you with a periodic report that illustrates the actual use of your hoist during that period, making it a great tool for improving safety, optimising maintenance and assessing the hoist lifecycle. With all these features what one invests in Smart Cranes actually costs less in the long run.
Tell us about the range of systems offered by Konecranes for various verticals.
We provide world class lifting solutions for various industrial applications; the product range consists of profile crane systems, electric chain hoists, Jib cranes, standard EOT cranes, process EOT cranes for different industry applications like steel, power, paper, petrochemical and shipyard. We also supply equipment for container handling in ports like reach stackers, lift trucks, rail mounted gantry cranes, rubber tyred gantry cranes, ship to shore cranes etc. In addition to these products, we also provide complete maintenance services and technical maintenance services like crane runway survey, wire rope survey, and crane reliability survey.
Brief us the core competencies and strengths, services provided and dealer network.
We know in real time how millions of lifting devices and machine tools perform, and we use this knowledge around the clock to make our customer's operations safer and more productive. This is our global vision statement. At Konecranes, we don't just sell cranes; we partner our customers to deliver world class innovative crane solutions developed by our rich experience of more than 80 years. We ensure that our cranes make the customer's operations safer and more productive. Konecranes invests heavily in R&D to bring new technologies and innovations to the market. Worldwide we service close to 400,000 equipment and have developed a rich knowledge base of crane operations and maintenance. Apart from selling just cranes, we provide a complete crane maintenance services to our customers. Some of our value-added services are:
Crane Reliability Survey (CRS): As every crane and production process is unique, we have created an in-depth analysis for overhead cranes and port cranes. This crane analysis, conducted by highly trained crane specialists, has a module that highlights fatigue in your crane structure, crane reliability, operational and safety issues. Konecranes Crane Reliability Survey can help you plan your future investment and needs for crane modernisation.
Crane Runway Survey (RailQ): RailQ generates 3D and 2D graphs of the runway rails and identifies misalignment and other problems of your cranes. It contains information on the runway alignment in an accurate, safe, and efficient manner. It offers optimal recommendations for the corrective actions and cost-effective solutions for your need.
Wire Rope Inspection (RopeQ): Konecranes RopeQ wire rope inspection is a visual and non-destructive (NDT) rope inspection service examines what you cannot see on your ropes. The service provides data on the current condition of the ropes leading to increased operator safety, while helping to lower the total operating costs of lifting equipment.
Truconnect® Remote Monitoring and Reporting collects real usage data from the crane through a remote connection. It provides you with a periodic report that illustrates the actual use of your hoist during that period, making it a great tool for improving safety, optimising maintenance and assessing the hoist lifecycle.
What is your assessment on the increasing competition?
Our products are positioned as reliable, safe and giving a high lifecycle value, backed by excellent service and ready availability of spare parts. We work as a complete lifting solution provider for our customer, instead of just supplying lifting equipment, and this differentiates us from the others.
Crane Reliability Survey can help one plan future investment and needs for crane modernisation.