Cargill Houston’s E-Crane™ improves fertilizer and grain unloading

Houston, TX — Cargill Fertilizer has purchased and installed a second new equilibrium crane, “E-Crane™”. The Crane was installed in April 2001 at its Houston Ship Channel facility. The new grab type E-Crane™ is designed for discharging fertilizer and grain from ocean going barges and bulk carriers up to Panamax size.

Ricky Carlson, the Cargill Wholesale Fertilizer Manager said, “this second E-Crane™ purchase by Cargill is part of our on going commitment to improve customer service and increase fertilizer volume at our facilities”.

The Equilibrium crane, more commonly referred to as the E-Crane™, is a revolutionary, multifunctional crane for heavy-duty material handling applications.

The Cargill E-Crane was designed by Indusign / E-Crane International USA together with input from Cargill management … specially for this operation. Installation was completed on time by the Indusign / ECI-USA erection team with support from Crescent Machinery, the local service dealer.

The E-Crane™ is a 1500 Series Model 8359 with 117 feet of outreach and lift capacity of 14.5 US tons. The crane main pivot point stands 58 feet above the dock allowing good visibility into the ships hold and discharge coverage of the entire ship.

Designed for bulk material handling, storage, process feeding at ports, harbors, barge offloading, scrap-processing facilities, any where high production handling of bulk materials is required, the E-Crane™ is especially well suited for heavy-duty production cycles and difficult working conditions. The E-Crane™ features and unprecedented reach of up to 150 feet, lifting capacities of over 30 US tons, push down force equal to 50% of the rated capacity, and significantly reduced power consumption and operating costs.


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The E-Crane™ design is based on an ingenious parallelogram style boom that provides a direct mechanical connection between the counterweight and the load. This unique system ensures near perfect balance throughout its full working range. Compared to conventional cranes that require as much as 80% of their available energy just to move the boom, stick, and grab, the E-Crane™ principal results in significantly lower maintenance and lower operating costs. Simply put, the E-Crane™ is designed to move more material faster, farther, and for less money than conventional cranes.

E-Crane International USA (ECI-USA) is a company focused and committed to the equilibrium “E-Crane™” product line. ECI-USA provides engineering, sales, marketing, product, spare parts and management services for the E-Crane™ in North and South America.


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