Konecranes for Adsteel reduce costs while improving both efficiency and safety
Diversified steel trading and distribution company Adsteel has improved cycle times, increased efficiency and reduced overall costs at their plant in South Australia with a new Konecranes CXT crane incorporating advanced lighting and safety features.
The latest Konecranes unit installed at the Adelaide plant complements three other existing CXT cranes used in lifting and moving steel for Adsteel, which has an excellent network of suppliers and steel mills both in Australia and overseas. Adsteel supplies plate, sheet, tubular, structural and merchant bar among its broad range.
High quality customer service has been a key focus of Adsteel’s success for over 20 years and dealing with companies like Konecranes that share a vision of greater efficiency and safety has helped them achieve this. “In the steel industry, service is everything,” says Mr Steve Trowbridge, Operations Manager, Adsteel.
“I was looking to upgrade an old workshop crane, but after thorough research, a cost-benefit analysis and a business impact evaluation, we concluded that it would be more cost-efficient to install a new crane. Konecranes were really thorough and clearly had a lot of expertise in the steel industry,” he said.
Konecranes Branch Manager for Northern Territory and South Australia Mr John Jackman, explained that, to get optimum cost-efficiency for Adsteel, he offered them a rigid girder structure that provided cost savings made possible by the use of inverter hoisting to reduce shock loading often seen on steel warehouse cranes.
“A guaranteed reduction in ongoing maintenance costs – such as couplings and brakes – made the additional purchase price of inverter hoisting justifiable, given that the variable speed control would stop excessive inching from the operators. Additionally, extended speed range (ESR) would increase the empty cycle or light lifting cycle speeds, helping the customer move more steel safely,” said Mr Jackman.
Mr Trowbridge is impressed by the operational efficiency all four of his Konecranes units. “They’re efficient, safe and operate at good speeds for our business. My cycle times have improved with the new CXT crane and my operators love it. Importantly for us, they’re also backed up by efficient service from Konecranes,” he said.