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Demag modular cranes: 50 years and still going strong

31-08-2010
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The Demag KBK modular crane construction kit was first presented to the market in 1963.  Since then, more than 10,000km of KBK profile have been marketed and the crane construction kit has been continuously further developed. 
 
Today, Terex Material Handling serves a wide variety of customers in many different industries and is seen as an innovator and worldwide market leader for light crane systems made of steel and aluminium. 
 
The spectrum of applications ranges from individual workplace solutions to complete intra-logistical installations.
 
The foundation for this continuing success was laid 50 years ago with the development of the Junior System. 
 
“The development of the Demag KBK crane construction kit was the multi-sector response to the demands of a rapidly changing industrial landscape,” says Marc Rieser, head of the business line Modular Cranes at Terex Material Handling. “With the KBK system, we were the first to offer a modular, highly flexible, smoothly working and also relatively cheap crane solution for the handling of loads in the workplace. That was revolutionary at the time.”
 
So the KBK crane construction kit created a new crane segment, characterised by the greatest possible degree of modularity and flexibility. It permits made-to-measure customer-specific applications, as well as later adaptations and extensions.
 
The very first buyers were mostly from the automotive industry which, in the sixties, was enjoying a rapid upturn and was looking for suitable handling solutions in order to organise fast growing car production more efficiently and to assist workers with the increasing complexity of their work. That was the start of the success story of the Demag KBK crane construction kit.
 
Only two years later came the market launch of the KBK II, designed for loads up to 2,000kg. In addition to the development of further profile types, numerous components were also developed which make the KBK a fully featured system construction kit, drawn on by planners and project engineers all over the world. As well as smoothly running trolleys and system suspension fittings, the extensive system program also includes turntables and track switches.
 
With the Demag KBK light crane system, Terex Material Handling today offers a modular system construction kit for overhead transport solutions in graduated load ranges up to 3,200 kg. Single and double-girder suspension cranes, suspension monorails, slewing jibs and cranes, as well as portal and stacker cranes can all be individually configured.
 
They can be used as a stand-alone solution with suspension monorails and linear transport up to area-serving crane systems for an overall integrated logistics solution. The KBK light crane system offers many possibilities for handling loads quickly, safely and efficiently above the production level.
 
Another advantage of the KBK system is that practically all profile sections can be combined in one installation. Besides steel profile sections in six different sizes, the modular system also includes aluminium profiles. 
 
The automotive industry is still one of the main buyers of light crane systems and it is now also in demand in many other sectors including mechanical engineering, metalworking and metal processing firms, the logistics sector and small workshops. 
 
Demag will soon launch a new KBK product campaign.
 
“With our statement ‘Experience. The Future’, we are underlining our many years of experience as a partner to industry and, at the same time, signalling future development of more solutions designed to solve our customers’ problems,” says Mr Rieser.
 
More information can be found at the campaign website: www.kbk.demagcranes.de.
 
Demag Cranes & Components Australia
Ph: 1300 336 241

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