When Diesel Power International Services’ subsidiary, based in Namibia, needed advice on what cranes and hoists could be applied effectively to their newly designed work space, that would house their assembly lines and diesel engine stripping facilities, they called in Konecranes from Cape Town to assist.
Installation and delivery times were tight, but the innovative solution that resulted from a Cost and Installation Time Analysis conducted by Konecranes sealed the turnkey deal.
“The project was for a semi-free-standing gantry with 1 x 3.5ton single girder crane and 2 x 500kg column mount jib cranes and hoists” says Markus Labuschagne, Konecranes’s Regional Branch Manager who is based in Cape Town.
“The equipment specifications that the customer had originally requested – one 3.5ton jib crane and two 500kg jib cranes – would have worked out at a higher costing and not enhanced the layout of the proposed floor area. Additionally, our cranes have enabled the customer to place items on the
new mezzanine level in the production plant,” he explains.
The 3.5ton crane will be used for the lifting, stripping and assembly of truck diesel engines while the 2 x 500kg column mount jibs will be used for serving two work stations where smaller components and parts are repaired and serviced.
Markus continues, “As a result of our Cost and Installation Time Analysis it was our recommendation that the alternate cranes we identified as suitable for their project, would cover a greater area than the equipment originally
specified, and would offer greater benefits to Diesel Power International Services. This plus the fact that we were able to deliver the equipment to the customer in Namibia within their stated timeframe.
“The other benefit as a result of our analysis was that the equipment we recommended required less excavation work inside of the customer’s workshop, less disruption to their operations and the total site work period was reduced, along with a nearly 40% cost reduction. Safety standards and safe operator conditions are not negotiable and the new installation
most certainly is safety compliant,” he concludes.
Markus Labuschagne