The Parker Steel Group’s steel stock yard at Shoreham near Brighton, having now had a new Konecranes 16t SMTD crane operating for some time has placed a further order on Konecranes UK for 5 more of similar design, with span ranging from of 16m to 30m and fitted with two 6t SMT SMARTON trolleys all with interchangeable magnet equipment which has also been supplied by Konecranes UK. The new cranes will operate indoors in a new custom built steel processing centre.
The SMT stands for SMARTON®, which has an intelligent, yet easy-to-use Human Interface to Machine (HIM) system keeping the user continuously up to date on not only the weight of the load but also its position relative to the available workspace. In addition, the crane monitors its own condition and recommends when and what kind of inspection or preventive maintenance should be performed at any given time. This way, the customer can better plan and minimize maintenance shutdowns, thereby maximizing uptime and saving costs.
SMARTON®’s evolutionary design is based on significant improvements in crane technology in proven modular components and features. This means that the crane can easily be updated with further SMART solutions, such as automated positioning to work along side the already installed sway prevention, extended speed range, and defined working areas, maintenance monitoring and remote diagnostics, to meet evolving changes in a customer’s business and process needs.
These SMT cranes also have Konecranes DynAHoist and DynAC closed loop inverter variable speed control systems, Remox (HIM) radio control with a spare transmitter per crane, anti-collision between cranes on the same gantry, anti-collision on the trolleys, true vertical lift with anti-sway features to ensure load stability.
The magnet equipment includes quick release mechanisms allowing different magnets to be interchanged quickly to suit different load types. Each individual magnet can rotate 90 degrees to suit load widths. The crane can also be used as a normal hook crane.