Heavy duty machines and operators
Nucor General Recycling installed a 700 Series E-Crane for feeding auto bodies into a shredder at their Flowood, Mississippi facility near Jackson. The shredder was previously fed by older material handler which was replaced with the new E-Crane. E-Crane engineers worked with Nucor to develop a turn-key solution for removing the old crane and erecting the E-Crane in its place. The E-Crane is mounted on a 4-legged pedestal, with custom stairways to accommodate the infrastructure that had previously been surrounding the old crane. Complete assembly and installations, including the tear-down of the original crane, took only two weeks. The E-Crane became operational shortly after installation and is capable of feeding 2 to 3 auto bodies into the shredder per cycle. Nucor is well satisfied with the successful installation and their newly updated operation.
IÇDAŞ, headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey had already two E-Cranes working in the extremely harsh and dusty environment of the steel mill’s harbour and scrap yard when they decided to order a 3000 Series E-Crane. The new E-Crane scrap giant was put into operation at the state-of-the-art IÇDAŞ steel mill in Biga. This impressive 3000 Series E-Crane has changed the skyline of the steel mill and is now the heart of the scrap logistics between the port and the steel mill. The total weight of this fixed pedestal E-Crane is 647 tons. A duty cycle capacity of 33t combined with an outreach scrap from the harbour to the scrap loading station that is located over 43m higher. This E-Crane application replaces hundreds of heavy-haul truck loads per day. After four weeks of continuous and trouble-free operation the E-Crane accumulated over 600 working hours.
Van Heyghen Recycling, part of the group Galloo, has taken delivery of its third E-Crane. There are now seven E-Crane balanced cranes operational at the different Galloo sites in Belgium and France. The new 2000 Series E-Crane has greatly reduced operating time and costs in loading Handymax vessels and in receiving, handling and stocking scrap in the yard. The E-Crane is used for stockpiling the scrap to a height of over 25m, necessary to ensure there is enough scrap ready for the loading of handymax ships. Since the arrival of the new E-Crane, unloading barges with scrap for this stockpile takes less than half the time it did before. When loading smaller coasters, the measured loading rate surpasses 1.000t/hr and with the help of this 2000 Series E-Crane, the ocean going handymax ships can now be loaded in under 48 hours.
“It took some effort to convince the local management that was renting mobile harbour cranes for many years, of the benefits of the E-Crane solution. I promised them an improvement of 25 percent and I must admit that even I was pleasantly surprised to see that with the E-Crane we are now saving up to 50 percent in time compared to the old situation with the rental cranes”, said Rik Debaere CEO Group Galloo.
Source: International Bulk Journal issue 6 2014