Designed specifically for barge and ship unloading, E-Crane is a proven and trusted solution in many dry bulk material handling industries. Most dedicated systems for offloading coal, limestone and other bulk materials are costly, inflexible and require an expensive, hard to maintain infrastructure. The versatile, flexible E-Crane is just the opposite. E-Crane’s modular design and custom solutions make it ideal for any bulk handling application. The standard E-Crane product line consists of five series of balanced hydraulic cranes (E-Cranes): 700 Series, 1000 Series, 1500 Series, 2000 Series, and 3000 Series. The E-Crane is a truly revolutionary material handling machine as its main design feature is a parallelogram style boom configuration which allows the machine to be in near perfect balance throughout its working range.
The E-Crane is specifically designed for barge unloading processes. Anything from coal to limestone to fertilizer to scrap steel can be handled. The E-Crane is a truly versatile machine in that it can easily switch between commodities and still offer the high production required at many ports and industrial facilities. The E-Crane is placed firmly between production line excavators (or material handlers) and large scale dedicated unloading structures. Even the smaller E-Cranes offer much more unloading capacity than the standard excavator. The larger E-Cranes can compete with dedication systems in terms of production and come in at only a fraction of the installed cost with even less annual maintenance costs. The E-Crane product line is rated for barge offloading from 500tph (tonnes per hour) to 2,000tph.
The E-Crane series offers models with up to 50-tonnes duty cycle capacity due to their movable counterweight and fixed parallelogram linkage as well as up to 150ft/50m of horizontal and up to 100ft/30m reach below grade. Its modular design allows each E-Crane to be tailor made to the client’s specific requirements.
The Green Alternative
The E-Crane is a truly unique and revolutionary machine with extremely low power consumption cost. The E-Crane runs on clean electric energy, saving customers huge amounts of money when compared to diesel powered equipment. E-Cranes also have very little associated maintenance costs due to E-Crane’s innate design. The key to the E-Cranes’ efficiency is the parallelogram design linking the stick to the moving counterweight. This unique four-bar mechanism ensures that the E-Crane remains in near perfect balance throughout its 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 allows gravity to work for you instead of against you, reducing horsepower requirements and power consumption by up to 50%, reducing maintenance and operating costs.
Case Study: Premier Cement Mills Ltd.
Two new E-Cranes were recently installed and commissioned at Premier Cement Mills Limited (PCML) in Bangladesh. These are both 700 Series/Model 4264 PD-E E-Cranes with 26 metre (86ft) outreach and 5.5 metric tonne (6.0 US ton) duty cycle capacity. The cranes were both installed in October of 2012. After the swift installation of the first E-Crane at the beginning of the month, E-Crane engineers travelled to Bangladesh for the final stages of the project and the second installation. After the second E-Crane was correctly assembled and installed, start up and tuning began. E-Crane worked closely with the customer in order to guarantee the best possible crane operators’ experience and productivity shortly after the initial start-up. The final result: a perfectly performing E-Crane exceeding customers’ expectations. PCML is one of the most innovative cement manufacturers in Bangladesh. It manufactures its product with the best quality raw materials and technical excellence for ensuring dependability and the highest quality cement. PCML products provide strength and durability to buildings of high dimensions, in infrastructures that speed the lines of commerce, and for housing that provides comfort and security to families across Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, etc.
About E-Crane Worldwide
E-Crane Worldwide is a modern, state-of-the-art engineering and heavy equipment construction company, based in Adegem, Belgium and with subsidiary companies for sales management, technical support and service in The Netherlands (E-Crane International Europe) and Ohio, USA (E-Crane International USA). E-Crane Worldwide develops turnkey material handling solutions with engineering services, equipment manufacturing, erection, operator/maintenance training and custom tailored ongoing service programmes for its clients.
Source: Dry Cargo International, February 2013