River Metals

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Technical Specifications

Type 1000 Series / 7317 B GA-E
Location Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Application Feeding a big Henschel shear
Unloading trucks
Sorting and stockpiling sheared material
Mount High Portal on Rail Lower
Lift Capacity 15 UStons / 13,6 Mtons
Reach 104 ft / 31,7 m
Attachment 1.96 yd³ / 1,5 m³ Scrap Grab Magnet
Power Source 250-hp/200kW Electric Motor

Description of the E-Crane

End 2007, River Metals Recycling replaced several conventional material handlers by the 1000 Series E-Crane, that is now feeding the world’s largest shear: the 3000 ton Henschel scrap shear. This brought a lot more flexibility to RMR’s operations: in between shear cycles the E-Crane unloads trucks, sorts and stockpiles sheared material and in addition to a 4 tine scrap grab, the E-Crane  is also magnet equipped for greater versatility.

RMR believes in protecting the environment and it was with this goal in mind they opted for the E-Crane. The E-Crane is electric powered and has a lower energy consumption per ton than any other material handler. The clean electric power means no oil changes, no fuel spills and no other disadvantages of material handlers with internal combustion engines. 

E-Crane driver David worked for the 1st time with the new 1000-series E-Crane  and when asked for his first impressions, he admitted that he was very intimidated at first… but this was going to change quickly! It took David less than 1 hr(!) to become proficient! According to David:

… the biggest differences between a big excavator and the E-Crane are the reach (104 ft/31,7 m) and the impressive view because the cab is 60 ft (18 m) up in the air.

DavidE-Crane driverRiver Metals

Another big plus, according to David, is the fact that the crane can travel fast along the rails and the travel can be combined with all other crane movements.

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