Pelloby recently installed a 35 tonne crane at a busy press shop at the BMW Group’s Swindon MINI Plant.
The electric overhead double girder system is the first of three similar cranes to be installed in the press shop as part of a project to replace older lifting equipment.
Robust 35 tonne crane design
A wire rope hoist unit travels along the dual 21.7m beams which are supported by an existing gantry structure. Variable speed options for the long travel, cross travel and hoist motion are controlled via a joystick radio remote.
The crane provides a 9.8m height of lift and to ensure workplace safety two walkways were built on either side of the crane for maintenance access. The Pelloby service department make use of these walkways during scheduled thorough examinations of the crane as part of the ongoing maintenance support we were contracted to provide following the crane’s installation.
Operator training in how to correctly use the 35 tonne crane was also provided for the BMW staff, while a full spare parts package was supplied in order to keep operational downtime to a minimum.
Pelloby’s Managing Director Glen Hickman stated “we’ve completed the challenge of delivering the initial press shop crane and are currently hard at work in the pre-manufacturing phase for the subsequent two 35 tonne cranes that will be delivered, erected and tested at the BMW Swindon site around Christmas time.
“It is a pleasure to be able to supply cranes for various production processes taking place at this plant.”
The next two 35 tonne cranes are due to be delivered to the BMW site at Christmas 2016.
In addition to the 35 tonne crane in the press shop, the Pelloby team recently supplied a semi-portal system for a nearby tool shop at the BMW Swindon site.
This ten tonne crane consisted of an eight metre beam with two end carriages, one of which was supported by a floor mounted travelling column while the other ran along an elevated rail mounted to the wall of the workshop at a height of 3.8m.
This semi-portal crane has some impressive design features such as a laser scanner with a fully programmable detection area located at the base of the travelling column. This helps avoid collisions in the workplace by stopping the movement of the crane when an object enters the detection area. In addition a warning sound and flashing beacon trigger when the crane is in motion to let nearby staff know it’s in use.
The pendant controlled hoist also features a digital display so operators can measure the weight of the load being lifted at a glance.
If you require help with a lifting requirement at your place of work, contact Pelloby on 01952 586626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.