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Critical Component Assessments from Kronecranes


November 15, 2011
By Kronecranes

kronecrane_smallSPRINGFIELD, OH—The Critical Component Assessment from Konecranes is an advanced inspection process using non-destructive technology (NDT) that uncovers defects and deficiencies in critical load-bearing and safety-related overhead lifting components that are not typically discovered during routine inspections.

Undetected defects and deficiencies in critical components can lead to
catastrophic failure. Most compliance and preventive maintenance
inspections rely on visual observations and measurements despite the
fact that many defects and deficiencies cannot be seen with the naked
eye. The Critical Component Assessment from Konecranes is an in-depth
assessment that goes beyond visual observations and measurements.

Experienced Konecranes-certified inspectors efficiently perform Critical
Component Assessment inspections using proprietary and proven methods
such as thermal imaging and electromagnetic-inductive technology to
assess the condition of critical components such as: internal wires,
strands and wire rope core; mechanical coupling between hoist motor and
gear box; motor winding insulation; gear box and mechanical load
brakes; and mechanical components. A complete bottom block hook
inspection using NDT can also be conducted to check for cumulative
fatigue that could lead to hook failure.

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To provide maximum
flexibility, the various elements of the Critical Component Assessment
from Konecranes can be applied individually or grouped in the most
appropriate combination to suit a customer’s particular application.
These elements focus on critical areas of crane operation, including: an
overall crane inspection and analysis, an evaluation of the operating
environment, a key components analysis, and a maintenance and
reliability study.

Results from the Critical Component
Assessment summarize the current condition of the equipment including
its current operating capacity and the extent of its usability. This
comprehensive report helps customers make informed decisions on how to
maximize the service life and use of equipment, prioritize maintenance
schedules and forecast maintenance expenses.

Konecranes can
provide customers with the required repairs, replacement parts and
training to ensure safe equipment operation. Konecranes technicians can
also provide customers with engineered solutions to maximize
productivity while minimizing downtime and total lifecycle costs.

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