Crane manufacturers are offering a wealth of solutions for facilitating higher levels of efficiency and reliability so that the end-users enjoy more productivity and better profit margins
Cranes are undergoing large-scale engineering transformations that involve customization as per the application requirements, and upgradation of the components. Cranes are now required to have superior lifting capabilities, along with high stability to ensure reliable performance, and there is increasing demand for control systems, and greater safety features.
He adds, “Our hoses and couplers are manufactured as per Gates tested ‘Stamped’ product development strategy, which takes into account the required size of the hoses, ambient temperatures, applications, materials to be moved, ends, and delivery. Specifications of the hoses and couplings are based on critical simulation tests of actual site conditions, conducted at our Lalru Punjab and Faridabad manufacturing facilities. They include impulse tests, ozone tests, volumetric tests, and for oil spillage, based on which, the polyurethane or additional tough cover is given to the hoses.”
He informs that the company is promoting its ‘Pro-Series’ value line of hoses for the price-conscious Indian buyer. These hoses can accommodate pressure at 5000 psi and can be easily replaced.
Gates India has contracts with leading mobile and tower crane manufacturing companies for supplying hoses for the mobile cranes. We are exploring opportunities for high pressure tubing as well with these OEMs.
Intelligence building & machinery optimization
He adds, “Our systems help deliver cost effectiveness and product reliability by controlling redundancies in operation. Our safety systems are based on our software, which we customize and co-engineer with our major customer OEMs. The company also renders comprehensive training support to OEM engineers through its training programs."
The gear boxes are manufactured at the company’s two facilities in Chennai (Mannur and Thirumudivakkam) and one in Pune. To further strengthen its R&D and manufacturing capabilities, it is expanding its Thirumudivakkam facility.
Bonfiglioli supplies swing, travel and winch drives for most of the OEM’s making lifting equipment in India, including, Potain, Liebherr, ACE, TIL, ECEL, Anupam Industries etc. It also provides refurbishment and retrofitting of its gear boxes and drives. Bonfiglioli India, a fully-owned subsidiary of Bonfiglioli Italy, is also exporting a fair volume of its products.
Legislation is necessary
A joint effort by OEMs and crane owners on the critical aspects of safety and efficient performance of their products will make development of the right components by manufacturers more effective.