South Africa leads the way

Following the worldwide acquisition of Demag Cranes by Konecranes earlier this year, South Africa took the lead internationally within the group with integrating their respective head offices as well as several branches around the country.


Two crane giants join forces

Following Konecranes’ acquisition of Terex MHPS – which in effect, is Demag Cranes, Hoists, Material Handling and Ports Solutions – the two global crane brands will share their considerable combined knowledge and technology, becoming a substantial force in the lifting business in sub-Saharan Africa.


New low-cost overhead crane launched

Konecranes recently launched a new economically-priced overhead crane, the CXT UNO. Developed to give small and medium-sized SMEs in southern Africa access to Konecranes’ proven technology, the CXT UNO is based on their existing CXT hoist, and delivers many of the industry-leading strengths of the CXT.


Konecranes introduces the BOXPORTER RMG

On the 14th of June at the TOC Europe exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, Konecranes introduced a new Rail Mounted Gantry crane (RMG) to the world: the BOXPORTER. The company says that the new crane offers the clearest view in intermodal container handling with its “smarter cabin,” which gives the operator superb visibility and comfort. It also gives the operator an extended view to truck and train loading and unloading and container stacking thanks to video and control information displayed on the cabin monitor.


Single or double-girder crane?

A common misconception about overhead cranes is that double-girder cranes are perceived to be more durable and of higher quality than single-girder cranes. “Both types of overhead cranes are, however, equally durable and of the same high quality,” says Leon Strydom, Industrial Crane Products Sales Manager for Konecranes Southern Africa.  “On the contrary, single-girder cranes can actually have plenty of advantages over double-girder cranes,” he adds.

Benefits of a single-girder crane

A single-girder crane is more compact and lighter than a double-girder crane, which makes it a preferred choice for facilities where headroom and floor space is limited. Even in situations where items have to be lifted and moved close to the building walls, a single-girder crane can have a better end approach to the building, allowing the hook to move closer to the wall. With only one girder, minimum deadweight is applied to the building foundations, allowing for more cost-effective building designs and runway constructions. On top of that, less steel is required to manufacture the girder, making it an inexpensive lifting solution for various applications and industries.

Understand various lifting needs

A single-girder crane may not, however, be the most suitable choice in every scenario. If a higher lifting capacity, height of lift or a service platform is needed, a double-girder crane might be the better option. It is always important to understand the requirements of the lifting task and the environment where it is planned that the crane will operate, to provide the best lifting equipment for the site.

Konecranes CXT Wire Rope Hoist Cranes

The Konecranes range of CXT wire rope hoist cranes is ideal in almost any industrial setting where a lifting capacity of up to 80 tons is required. Adaptability gives the CXT wire rope crane one of its greatest strengths –being available in every form from basic standard to high-tech advanced lifting.

Single-girder cranes are available with low headroom trolleys up to 12.5 tons or normal headroom trolleys up to 40 tons, while CXT double-girder cranes can feature up to an 80 ton lifting capacity.

Efficiency and intelligence at work

The CXT hoist is known for its efficient use of space under the crane and its excellent hook approaches. Because all the key mechanical components are designed specifically for crane usage, manufactured and assembled in-house by crane experts, the CXT is a top performer.

Safety is improved through high-performance brakes, durable wire ropes and remote operation. The adaptive speed range means that loads move at an optimal rate, enhancing control over the load and improving productivity, yet still saving energy.

In its field, this robust, all-purpose crane is ideal. The CXT is an industry leader in medium-heavy lifting indoor cranes and is a firm favourite around the world: over 10,000 CXT hoists sold every year indicates its reliability, efficiency and value


Konecranes steps up service package

Three devices have been introduced into the South African market by global crane giant Konecranes, as part of the crane and hoist service package offerings to its customers. All three products have been developed by Konecranes and are implemented by specially trained technicians and can be used to monitor cranes and hoists of all makes.

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