Our crane is almost 30 years old. How can we find out how long it has left?

A Crane Reliability Study will assess the current condition of your crane and its remaining design life. A team of trained Konecranes specialists will gather information, perform a detailed inspection, provide customised calculations and perform an engineering analysis. The comprehensive report and expert consultation will give you a roadmap for equipment repairs, modernisations or replacements.

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Is a visual inspection the only way to see what is going on inside my rope?

Wire ropes can contain hundreds of individual wires. Broken strands on the rope exterior can be found by visual inspections, but the condition of the core and inner wire strands cannot be seen. RopeQ combines visual and magnetic inspection methods to assess your rope exterior as well as the internal wires, strands and core, which are not readily visible. The data can be used to assess whether the wire rope can continue to be used safely.

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I've heard about fatigue cracks leading to gear failure. How can I assess the condition of my hoist cranes?

A Gear Case Inspection looks at internal components that are not typically evaluated during a routine inspection. We use an endoscope to visually inspect the gear wheels, bearings, shafts and keys, and perform an oil analysis. In some circumstances we recommend a gear case disassembly and non-destructive evaluation of the individual gears and other internal components.

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We have excessive wheel wear and our crane is binding on the rails. What are our options?

Your rails may not be as straight as you think. A RailQ™ Runway Survey uses a remotely operated robot to give you an in-depth view of the alignment and condition of your crane rails. Measuring span, straightness, elevation and rail-to-rail elevation, RailQ gives you an easy-to-read report with 3D images that visualise the problem areas of your rails. Our engineers will review the data and provide recommendations. Combine RailQ with a CraneQ™ Geometric Survey for more information about the alignment of your crane’s wheels, guide rollers and other components.

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How can we improve the safety and skill level of our crane employees?

Studies show human error is often the cause of crane accidents. Our crane operator training helps reduce errors and add skills that help avoid potential injury to personnel caused by improper operations. Training can be performed at your site or a Konecranes training facility.

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We currently have a maintenance programme in place, but could we be missing something?

In the US and Canada, a Compliance Gap Analysis is a thorough study of your inspection methods and documentation, preventive maintenance program, repair processes and operator safety. Konecranes professionals tour your plant making notes and compiling information from discussions with designated crane operators and plant personnel. We provide a summary of any safety issues discovered that may need immediate attention as well as a final report for action plans.

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