SSAB orders two heavy-duty molten-metal Konecranes

Scandi deal will see port and industrial crane specialist equip steel mill with remote, smart systems

One of the cranes will replace old cranes in the mill’s mixer hall, while the other will be installed in the cooling hall.
One of the cranes will replace old cranes in the mill’s mixer hall, while the other will be installed in the cooling hall.

Konecranes has received an order for two heavy-duty industrial cranes capable of handling molten metal from SSAB Europe, due for delivery in Q2 2016 at SSAB’s steel mill in Raahe, Finland.

One of the cranes will replace old cranes in the mill’s mixer hall and will have a lifting capacity of 29-127 tonnes, while the other, with a lifting capacity 45 tonnes, will be installed in the cooling hall.

The mixer hall crane will use a remote operating station, whereby the crane operator will drive the crane from a control room’s screens based on camera views, without physically seeing the cranes.

Both cranes will be equipped with smart features like target positioning, which means that the push of a single button will bring the cranes to various predefined target positions. They will also feature sway control, which limits load swing by controlling bridge and trolley acceleration and deceleration.

Konecranes’ Truconnect remote monitoring and reporting service will meanwhile provide SSAB with data on the cranes’ usage, enabling optimised equipment maintenance investments and productivity.

SSAB Europe is one of SSAB’s five divisions, and is a producer of strip, plate and tubular products.

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