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The Challenge

Works had recently been completed at the plant and due to the tight production schedule there was no scope to move machinery, ducting or conveyor equipment. Our installations team had to plan working around the existing machinery and would also need to complete installation had to be completed and satisfactorily tested during a very brief shutdown and maintenance window.

The Solution

Our client required an overhead crane system to facilitate the safe and easy maintenance of its machinery, which operated 24 hours a day within their manufacturing plant. The system was designed to include a variable speed powered bride crane, fitted with a Verlinde VR electric chain hoist with radio control function.

An overhead crane system is usually a relatively straightforward design process but for this client, it proved a little more complicated. The design would need to take into consideration the maze of ducts and pipework whilst also factoring in the best possible solution for the client that could be realistically delivered within the 3 day shutdown time window we had.

The impressive crane system included a safe working load of up to 500kg, a runway length of 19.5m and a span of 3.5m. To mitigate the machinery obstructions and pipework the design team proposed a supporting structure comprising of four separate goal post structures. These structures would be practical for the crane system and would also be achievable within the timescales given.

Our trained and competent lifting equipment engineers applied their vast knowledge and experience to complete the installation within the allotted time.

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