A new Konecranes 5t CXT crane is helping the Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology operations of the global high technology engineering group uphold its safety and quality commitments to customers, as it relocates to a new WA facility with improved functionality.
The crane will be used for essential maintenance and workshop tasks in the new Kalgoorlie, WA facility, including lifting mining machinery components such as gearboxes and engines for a range of underground and surface mining machinery, such as loaders and drills.
Sandvik has a strong culture of safety and quality, and Konecranes shares this focus, and has a first-class reputation in these areas, according to Hoffie Van Huyssteen, Sandvik Customer Service Centre Manager – Kalgoorlie.
“We were impressed even further by Konecranes’ exceptional communication and organisation throughout the entire process. The commissioning of the new crane, which included runway installation, went so smoothly and self-sufficiently that I could devote my time elsewhere, whilst receiving regular updates on the progress of the new crane,” he said.
“For such an operation to run this smoothly is a huge credit to Claudia Estrada [Konecranes Project Manager – Industrial Cranes] and her team in the Perth office. Additionally, the support from the local Konecranes Kalgoorlie branch exceeded our expectations.”
“Konecranes perform inspections on a range of our other hoists and lifting equipment, so we were confident that the professionalism and after-market service would be outstanding – and they certainly delivered.”
The new crane is part of Sandvik’s permanent new Kalgoorlie facility, which has been constructed in response to strong customer demand in the region, and Sandvik’s desire to provide the levels of quality and service that the market has come to expect.
“Sandvik fully owns the property where construction and development of the new facility has recently been fully completed. This shows our commitment to the local Goldfields community. By owning the asset, we’re letting our customers know that we’ll be there for years to come,” said Van Huyssteen.
The new Konecranes CXT crane was installed with a load display and radio remote control features to further enhance its safety and usability across a diverse range of lifting tasks.
“The remote control feature isn’t unique in the market – but we were immediately attracted to the simplicity of Konecranes’ version. The fact that it’s not overly complicated means that our technicians can learn how to use it faster, and it helps improve the safety, too,” said Van Huyssteen.
“With Konecranes products – safety is built into the design. The load display not only shows the user what load is being lifted, but it will prevent the lift from operating if it’s over the maximum limit. For us, these features are vitally important to maintaining our safety culture,” he added.
CXT wire rope hoists are staple lifting devices used widely globally and throughout the Asia-Pacific in maintenance tasks, production lines, engineering industrial warehouses and factories. Their strength, compact size, speed, reliability and safety make them indispensable in assembly workshops where time and space equal money.
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