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Assessment spots hidden lift trouble

Spotting defects and deficiencies in critical, load-bearing lifting equipment is tough to do, especially when many of the potential problems are not visible to the naked eye.


Spotting defects and deficiencies in critical, load-bearing lifting equipment is tough to do, especially when many of the potential problems are not visible to the naked eye.

Konecranes, a Springfield, Ohio lifting systems manufacturer with offices across Canada, offers an assessment service that will help avoid catastrophic failure by detecting trouble typically missed by routine inspection.

Its Critical Component Assessment applies non-destructive technology (NDT). Certified Konecranes inspectors use thermal imaging and electromagnetic-inductive technology to assess the condition of critical components such as: internal wires, strands, and wire rope core; mechanical coupling between hoist motor and gear box; motor winding insulation; gear box and mechanical load brakes; and mechanical components.

A complete bottom block hook inspection using NDT can also be conducted to check for cumulative fatigue that could lead to hook failure.

Elements of the assessment include: an overall crane inspection and analysis; an evaluation of the operating environment; a key components analysis; and a maintenance and reliability study.

A report summarizes the current condition of the equipment including its current operating capacity and the extent of its usability to help you maximize service life and use, prioritize maintenance schedules and forecast maintenance expenses.

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