Sub-Sahara Mining & Industrial Journal

World’s first synthetic wire rope hoist launched with Konecranes new S-series

Konecranes has launched their new S-series overhead crane which after years of research, development and testing, includes Konecrane’s unique synthetic wire rope hoist. The synthetic wire rope hoist gives a barb free operation, reduced maintenance costs as well as safer handling and easier load carrying.

Emil Berning, Managing Director of Konecranes and Demag (Pty) Ltd said “Konecranes has always believed that investment into research and development delivers improved performance and enhanced safety to their cranes and associated equipment where it matters most, on the factory floor, so we are exceptionally proud to launch this ground breaking wire rope hoist and are the first crane manufacturer globally to introduce synthetic rope in their standard serial product”. “The S-series represents the next generation of our company’s existing industry benchmarked equipment. It offers our customers the latest in technology bringing innovation to, not only the wire rope hoist, but also motor drives, off-set reeving systems, clutches and brakes – all elements that deliver equipment that performs better, lasts longer, delivers greater operational savings, a cleaner and quieter environment, and most importantly adds greater operational safety”.

“The S-series has been radically re-designed, in particular, the stepless hoisting movement and synthetic wire rope will make lifting more precise and powerful with enhanced control” said Berning.

The new synthetic rope is perfect for reeving and its stable symmetric structure eliminates traditional rope defects. Less surface pressure reduces wear and tear considerably.

A Tilted drum and off-set reeving are two first-in-the-world innovations to eliminate peak rope forces and reduce the wear on reeving components. A standardised inverter for hoisting and unique Smart Features enable smooth and accurate load positioning with total control.

The newly designed main girder is the perfect fit for a runway, and the revolutionary sliding connection allows the end truck to better accommodate itself on the crane runway. The new integrated Smart Features ensures that the new S-series system offers a superior performance comprising of advanced automation and accuracy. Customers can access a real-time view of their crane with TRUCONNECT and see the benefits of our cutting-edge digital services.

“A key criterion of the S-series redesign is that it offers users total reliability. Every component has been carefully assessed during the re-development phase. The new S-series has for example, eliminated over-heating issues and introduces improved cooling systems. The synthetic wire rope hoist gives the customer more versatility between beams or frames and a greater lifting power of up to 6.3 tons added Berning.

“In addition to being barb free, the new synthetic wire rope requires no lubrication, thereby reducing maintenance costs for the rope drum and sheaves. The revolutionary trolley and reeving arrangement also reduce wheel loads by up to 45% compared to previous hoist models”.

The new S-series cranes are equipped with sensors and have the capability to collect and send data. Every customer can access, via the yourKONECRANES portal – the digital service for operators, technicians and management – that allows customers to access all the necessary operational information that will ensure that their equipment is performing optimally, and all importantly, safely.

Advanced Technical Specifications

  • New synthetic rope: The evolutionary synthetic rope is durable but light and doesn’t require lubrication. The rope features a strong, symmetric structure for less rope defects and safer handling. 
  • The next generation reeving: the tilted rope drum enables more direct rope angles to decrease
  • the wear and tear of reeving components. Offset reeving means more balanced wheel loads for
  • less stress on the crane structure.
  • Independent brake: the re-designed independent brake is safer, quick and easy to maintain, and enables higher hoisting speeds.
  • Smart features for advanced handling and crane control: Rope angle measurement allows for the use of Smart Features including Hook Centering, Snag Prevention and Follow Me.
  • Hook Centering: hook centering greatly reduces side pull during lifting by positioning the bridge and
  • trolley directly over the load.
  • Snag Prevention: Snag Prevention is designed to stop all crane movement if the hook, sling or load is detected to be caught on an object.

“We believe that our new S-series will re-set the industry benchmark. Its radical re-design sets new standards. It really is not merely an update, it is the new benchmark, and I see major benefits to production

industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, clean environments and general manufacturing” concluded Berning. 

Konecranes’ S-series is one of three new lifting products the company has recently launched; the other re-designed and improved equipment ranges are the C-series and the M-series. 

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