Crane Components Spares

Components & Spares: Vendors Witness Rising Demand from Crane OEMs

Production capacity additions by crane original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in India is resulting in a demand spurt for spares and components.

Business strategy towards increased indigenisation by foreign crane manufacturers in the country and simultaneous production capacity expansion along with developing newer product range by home grown manufacturers is resulting in growing business opportunities for suppliers of spares and components. Taking cue, components manufacturers are carrying out major investments towards strengthening their research and development and altogether production channels to create products that meet the standards and critical performance criteria of the individual crane manufacturers.

Indian hydraulic cylinder manufacturing major, Wipro has been carrying out strategic investments at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Chennai and Hindupur plants near Bangalore. The plants are equipped with state-of-the-art production machines comprising skiving and roller burnishing, honing, friction welding, computerised numerical controls, centre less grinding and induction hardening machines. Both the plants, according to company sources are equipped with over 50 testing rigs to determine the function, reliability and endurance of the cylinders.

Wipro has recently bagged a major order for supplying hydraulic cylinders to Kobelco India's (CKE-i) series of crawler cranes manufactured at its Sri City plant near Chennai. Wipro's customers for hydraulic cylinders includes Tractors India Limited for the mobile cranes manufactured by the Kolkata based company under license from Manitowoc Grove. Hiab, Kalmar Industries, Multilift and Toyota Material Handling are some of its key materials handling global customers using the cylinders.

Kobelco Hydraulic Cylinders

Hydraulic cylinders are the most critical components for crawler and lattice boom cranes as it directly support the functioning of the boom, which is subjected to varied dynamic loads and pressures based on the volumes of load it has to lift across varied working radius based on the site conditions. To cater the load requirements, hydraulic cylinders are required to be designed taking into account efficiency, applications, stroke, operating pressure, application terrain, pressure setting and overall the crane safety requirements. Further, it requires taking the growing requirements of extended repair intervals precisely based on extended working hours coupled with harsh usage of the crane in India lifting loads more than the prescribed limits. Mr. Madhusudhan, Director Marketing Wipro Infrastructure Engineering says, "Our hydraulic cylinders are designed taking into consideration all major operational parameters of the cranes. Since we are supplying the cylinders for the cranes working in harsh conditions in defence applications, our design and processes are adept to the market requirements and safety norms globally."

Mr. Madhusudhan adds, "Wipro has been offering its own market proven design to customers for the last 4 decades. The design synchronises well with the set standards of the OEMs. Onsite and condition monitoring support for better preventive maintenance of the cylinders is a major area Wipro Infrastructure has been emphasising on. In India, we offer the customers' service supports based on requirements. We also periodically support them with essential training for preventive maintenance and troubleshooting solutions. However, this is taken care of by the OEMs themselves in Europe."

Standard Synchronisation

Bonfiglioli Transmissions is a fully owned subsidiary of Bonfiglioli Italy having its R&D and manufacturing facilities in Chennai to cater to the requirement of Indian subcontinent and exports 30% of the products to the world markets.

Kennady V Kaippally
Product support for gear boxes and planetary drives manufactured by Bonfiglioli Transmissions for mobile, crawler and access platforms is rendered in coordination with its OEM customers. According to Mr. Kennady V Kaippally- Country Manager, Mobile and Wind Solutions, Bonfiglioli India, "Our customers would like to handle the service issues directly. We enable them to do so by training their service personnel at our facility. We do have a service orientation program for all our customer's service personnel where in they will be exposed and trained at the nuances of drive assembly and maintenance. This is done at our state of art facility and conducted by our experienced engineers."

He adds, "Our tailor-made gear boxes and drives meet structural and duty characteristics, precisely the safety requirements of varied nature of wheel mounted, crawler cranes, access platforms, tele handlers, scissor lift platforms, tower cranes, and reach stackers. As a total drive solutions provider, we cater for travelling, hoisting & slewing requirements for materials handling equipment. We partner with the OEMs for designing the required solution and support in their quest towards localizing and expanding the product range of the cranes. After market is not our business area."

Tailor Made Gear Boxes

According to Mr. Kennady, Bonfiglioli has an elaborate R&D and manufacturing process in place to manufacture the desired gear boxes and drives by the OEM for their cranes. The process for designing gear boxes and drives for cranes systems takes into account parameters such as compactness, efficiency, the lifting capacity of the crane, speed and field conditions in which the cranes will be working.

He elaborates, "We have an extensive selection process that starts with our questionnaire and aims at capturing all the essential application details including hydraulic, mechanical and duty cycles details, required for selection of an appropriate solution. Next phase of the process involves selecting the solution and theoretically simulating the machine performance. In case of specific customer requirements, we validate our designs by carrying accelerated life tests. Validating our drives in the field and testing them under actual running conditions is an important step in this process. Once the testing is completed, the gearbox is sent back to our facility where a strip down analysis is carried out. Only when the drive has met the expected criteria of performance, the concluding step of this process, the signing of application with the OEM takes place. It is only after all the necessary processes are followed and precautions taken, the drive is released for mass production."

Meeting the ever changing critical performance criteria of crane manufacturers involving speed, gradability, lift capacities, braking requirements etc and constraints in terms of dimensional, hydraulic, cost is a major challenge for component suppliers. However, Mr. Kennady reckons, "Our job as a solution provider is to work under these constraints to achieve the best possible performance for the machines. Enabling us to achieve this, we have an R&D centre in India. The centre works closely with OEMs to provide most appropriate solutions, some of them are specific for Indian market, offering the best value proposition."

Co-engineering for designing winches and gearboxes is emphasized by Italian cranes components manufacturer, Dinamic Oil India at its plant at Bahadurgarh in Haryana.

Giacomo Burato
According to Mr. Giacomo Burato, MD, Dinamic Oil India, "We design the winches and gearboxes by working closely with the design team of our crane manufacturers.

While designing the winches, site stress conditions, load bearing capacity and gear life calculation are extensively taken into consideration."

Dinamic has been supplying winches to JCB for its 'Liftall' series of mobile cranes, Escorts's Hydra and Rough Terrain, ACE range of mobile cranes, Chowgule's truck mounted stiff boom cranes and tractor cranes and also to ABG crawler cranes. Dinamic has also been supplying winches to Tractors India Limited's new 'Pixie' mobile slew crane.

Dinamic has localized 80% of the components of the winches made in the country. The company imports safety and critical parts of the winches.

Mr. Burato says, "While demand for winches and gearboxes has been rising, the key challenge for producing the winches has been to ensure reliability, cost effectiveness and compactness during design stage.

Dinamic Gear Boxes & Winches

With the cranes becoming compact, the winches supported by the hydraulic motors, braking systems, planetary reduction gear, lowering control valves, drum and support structures have to be placed on the limited space available at the boom. However, our R&D team in close association with cranes OEMs is able to select and design the appropriate sizes of winches to meet all customer requirements." Dinamic makes available winches between for line pull from 1,5 tonn to 50 tonn. The company makes available bigger capacity winches through imports and on a project base it can also indigenize the products in order to be more cost effective without compromising the quality standard.

It supplies its winches directly to crane OEMs. Gearboxes made available by Dinamic comprise planetary rotary & slewing gearboxes for tower and mobile cranes as well as for several industrial application. It has supplied its gearboxes to Action Construction Equipments, ABG Cranes, Putzmeister and several OEM in the cement business. The gearboxes are imported by Dinamic from its plant in Italy. Dinamic plans to carry out investments at its Bahadurgarh plant to enhance production capacity in near future.

Although capacity expansions and improvements in product range presents components manufacturers with growing business opportunities, however, the key challenge will be to fulfill the critical performance criteria as set by the crane OEMs.
Click Here
To Know More or to Contact the Manufacturer
Please let us know your name.
Invalid Input
Please let us know your Designation.
Please let us know your Contact Number.
Please let us know your email address.
Please brief your query.
Our other Value-Added Services:

To receive updates through e-mail on Products, New Technologies & Equipment, please select the Product Category(s) you are interested in and click 'Submit'. This will help you save time plus you will get the best price quotations from many manufacturers, which you can then evaluate and negotiate.

Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Crawler crane manufacturers are expanding their product range and introducing advanced features for higher lifting capacity and greater safety, to meet demand coming from infra development projects across various sectors

Read more ...

With precise planning, close cooperation, custom engineering, and an innovative crawler crane solution, Mammoet removes bridge section in a confined city center in Vienna, safely, on-time, and with minimum disruption

Read more ...

A 25-ton 21CM550 tower crane is working on the construction of Anji Khad Bridge, the first cable-stayed railway bridge in India, which is 331 metres above the river. This is a historic project of the Indian Railways and is viewed

Read more ...

Enerpac has announced the new ML40 Mini Lift Gantry with 40-ton lifting capacity in all three lifting stages. Simple to set up, portable, and easy to use, it is the ideal solution for machinery movers, plant relocation services, and medical

Read more ...

From March through May 2021, Transportes Muciño performed a groundbreaking transport: on an extremely challenging route, two major components weighing 380 and 320 t, respectively, had to be moved from the port of Tampico to the power plant

Read more ...

Terex continues to strengthen its foothold in India’s Construction Equipment Market by bringing in new technologies, expanding its product portfolio, and entering new construction territories. Having marked its entry

Read more ...

Tower crane manufacturers are expanding their range with newer models and making them more cost-effective as cost of production rises and competition heats up. NBM&CW investigates.

Read more ...

A new digital platform has been launched to disrupt and simplify the process of crane rental procurement. MYCRANE – a global business-to-business (B2B) platform allows users to submit details of their lifting requirements

Read more ...

Demand for safe, versatile, and reliable material handling products like Telehandlers is growing across a wide spectrum of applications in India, says Deepak Shetty, CEO & Managing Director, JCB India.

Read more ...

The wolf is known for its adaptability and strength, which also distinguish the red WOLFFs on construction sites around the world. Latest proof is provided by two WOLFF 1250 B luffing jib cranes on the

Read more ...

Sinoboom Electric Articulating Boom Lifts Launched in Southeast Asia To mark the arrival of Sinoboom AB14EJ and AB16EJ articulating boom lifts into the Schmetterling rental fleet, a product launch event was held to showcase the series of Sinoboom machines at their

Read more ...

Enerpac has introduced new split-flow pump upgrade kits that provide the ability to network multiple pumps and coordinated lift points for higher accuracy synchronisation. The new split-flow kits allow

Read more ...

Alpha continues its leadership in mobile tower crane segment with its SG 24X30 self erecting mobile tower crane in technical collaboration with SOIMA of Portugal which delivers solutions for challenges on

Read more ...

With construction of major infra projects seeing a revival, expectations are rife that the market for mobile cranes will soon witness higher sales, including of the new, more advanced products

Read more ...

Liebherr Mining is gearing up to showcase its new mining solutions portfolio at the world’s largest mining trade show, MINExpo International 2021 in Las Vegas, USA, from September 13–15, 2021. Covering a total area

Read more ...

Tower crane anti-collision and zone protection systems are now an essential safety attachment to prevent collisions with other tower cranes and nearby structures. P.V. Ramdev, MD - Everest Engineering

Read more ...

Spartan has many awards and certifications to boast of; according to Vikram Mehta, MD, Spartan Engineering Industries, the reasons lie in the company’s focus on design and development of components

Read more ...

Top Material Handling Equipment suppliers, namely KION India, Jungheinrich India, Hyundai, Godrej, ACE, and ElectroMech-Yale are providing end-to-end Intra-Logistics Solutions and gearing up to meet the anticipated

Read more ...

We are very optimistic and bullish about the market in 2021 and expect the market volume for MHEs to have a very robust growth over that of 2020.

Read more ...

With modernisation of the logistic sector, expansion of warehousing and logistic hubs across the country, and growing e-commerce, we expect at least 20% growth y-o-y in this segment

Read more ...

Sign-up for Free Subscription
'India Construction Week'
Weekly e-Newsletter on Construction Industry
Get the latest news, product launches, projects announced / awarded, government policies, investments, and expert views.