Konecranes signs Dundee Precious Metals service contract

Markus Labuschagne, Konecranes Regional Manager, Western Cape and Namibia Markus Labuschagne, Konecranes Regional Manager, Western Cape and Namibia

One of Konecranes Cape Town’s major clients, Dundee Precious Metals in Tsumeb in Namibia, recently signed a service contract for two years to undertake badly needed repairs on their cranes.


The immediate repairs included getting the cranes up to standard as soon as possible. This meant converting the old cranes, the receiving bay and the slag mill cranes. About half of these repairs were carried out during Dundee Precious Metals annual June shutdown and the remainder will be spread over the rest of the year.

“We will use our RailQ inspection system on two big gantry cranes,” says Markus Labuschagne, Regional Manager Western Cape and Namibia of Konecranes. “We are also awaiting the go-ahead to place a permanent supervisor on site.”

The ‘RailQ’ Runway Survey is an advanced survey technique that uses a remote controlled robot trolley that runs along the rail the crane routinely travels on (called the runway) collecting and feeding information into a specially designed station survey instrument. Any information on misalignments of the runway, missing clips, worn pads or uneven, bent or twisted sections of the runway structures is processed by Konecranes’ analysis and visualisation software. This allows Konecranes to survey the runway in a faster, safer and more accurate way. Time savings can be up to 75%.

“We are very happy to have a good working relationship with such a prestigious company as Dundee Precious Metals in Namibia,” concludes Labuschagne.

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