The gantry crane is a labour saving device
“We need to be able to rig up a temporary lifting frame to assist with fabrication tasks such as rotating steelwork for welding,” says the Maintenance Engineers of Amcor Flexibles in Albany.
“The gantry crane is a labour saving device which allows us to work single handedly,” he says.
Quick assembly, certified lift points, mobility and practicality
When the maintenance manager for Holcim New Zealand in Westport saw the lightweight, aluminium Stratalign gantry, he could instantly see the real safety and practical benefits it could bring to their work site. “With the increasing requirement for best practice throughout industry, we’ve acknowledged that tasks once undertaken in the past now have better methods and practices available.
We have site procedures relating to lift points now being required to be certified.” Hence the need for the gantry crane, he says. Holcim has used the Stratalign gantry crane for extracting bagged material from hatches underground on site. “Also to aid the removal of our Terex dump truck bearing and brake assembles. Plus we have a planned job for the removal and replacement of a one tonne transformer. The transformer needs to be lifted and railed over other equipment and out of a building”.
When asked what he specifically likes about the Stratalign gantry crane, he listed “the quick assembly, certified lift points, the mobility and practicality.”
Solution to a long standing challenge
As a solution to a long standing challenge, Cabtec Ltd purchased a Fezer vacuum lifter from Stratalign Limited, for processing product through a processing line. Prior to the purchase, the process had required manual handling, which in today’s environment, is not a sustainable option.
More than one option for this solution was investigated by Cabtec with the decision being a vacuum lifter as the winning choice. Cabtec’s spokesman recalls, “Cabtec selected Stratalign as the winning supplier, based on their ability to provide the technical and professional advice, along with what Cabec considered a ‘top quality product for a competitive price’.
The ‘ease of operation’ is facilitated by the very smooth running bearings and movement points, integral to this structurally sound piece of kit.” He continues, “From the day the order was placed, the Stratalign team kept us updated with progress, to the day the machine was installed.
The installation process was organized in such a way, by Stratalign, that it caused absolute minimal disruption to a very busy working environment during normal working hours.”
The maintenance fitter with Clariant (NZ)Ltd, uses the Stratalign crane to lift dies out of injection moulding machines in the company’s laboratory. He sees the biggest benefit as being able to use the lifting device in a confined space.
“The gantry crane has also taken the place of manually lifting dies – which helps prevent back injuries.”
-CLARIANT (NZ) LTD
It seemed to meet all our initial needs
The Head of School, trade workshops at the Royal NZ Navy, identified the crane as ideal for their large diesel training engine. “It seemed to meet all our initial needs and provides the added bonus of being manoeuvrable whilst carrying the load”. They primarily use the crane to remove large items from the engine, then move these items to a workbench where more detailed instruction, disassembly and reassembly can take place.”
“The crane has flexibility to adjust the length of the beam to suit the load you wish to lift. You can achieve a very wide footprint, thereby increasing the stability of the crane whilst under load. The crane is also manoeuvrable whilst under load. This assists in workplace safety as we do not have to rig numerous chain blocks and pull-lifts to move the load to the workbench,”.
“It also negates the need to have personnel in close proximity to the load.”