LINX Cargo Care Group rolls out VR safety training

LINX Cargo Care Group (LINX CCG) has created a Virtual Reality (VR) safety training platform in collaboration with Curiious and Samsung Electronics Australia which is the first of its kind in Australia’s supply chain and logistics industry.

The Gear VR training platform was designed to create an immersive VR experience to enhance LINX CCG’s safety training delivery and assessment. LINX CCG partnered with communication and technology company Curiious to conceptualise and build the immersive VR experience.

LINX CCG is committed to sending its 4,000 people home safely every day, across more than 70 sites in Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony Jones, LINX Cargo Care Group CEO, is passionate about safety. His dispersed and diverse workforce operate 24/7 in hazardous environments with large machinery. The key to improving safety is to create a compelling, simulated experience that cuts through and has an impact.

“Virtual reality training will enable us to immerse all our people in diverse situations and expose them to critical risks in our hazardous work environment,” he said.

This commitment to standardise is echoed by Peter Seaman, LINX CCG Executive General Manager Health, Safety and Environment.

“The Gear VR platform enables us to deliver consistent safety training across all levels of the organisation. Often some of the messages are lost in translation in safety training and delivered in different ways, whereas this Gear VR platform minimises room for miscommunication,” Peter said.

Anthony believes VR immersion is really powerful.

“To put people into different situations where they have the chance to see how it would play out and to immerse them in a scenario, showing them real dangers and consequences, is invaluable,” he said.

Michelle Schuberg, Curiious General Manager, also believes in the benefits the immersive Gear VR technology will bring to enhancing LINX CCG’s approach to safety.

“For LINX CCG, the platform’s end goal is to help deliver their ‘home safely every day’ promise,” said Michelle.

Konecranes receives $280 million notice of intent

Konecranes has received a Notice of Intent to Award Contracts (the Award) from the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) in the USA.
The Award includes the provision of 86 Automated Stacking Cranes or Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes, which are available throughout Australasia, to be delivered in phases between 2018 and 2020, with a total contract value in excess of EUR 200 million (over AUD $280 million).
The Virginia Port Authority intends to award two separate contracts, once approved by their board of commissioners. The first involves 60 Automated Stacking Cranes for Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and the second involves 26 Automated Stacking Cranes for Virginia International Gateway (VIG).
The Konecranes ASC system offers valuable advantages in an ever-more automated industry, including high performance, reliability, accuracy, low operating costs and low energy consumption.
“Konecranes ARMGs have a light, intelligent steel structure. When this is combined with our Active Load Control (ALC) technology, the cranes deliver fast, accurate container stacking over a range of real world conditions,” says Ms Cindy Shi, Marketing Manager – Ports, Konecranes Asia Pacific, which includes Australia and New Zealand.
Konecranes ARMG cranes are part of a range of container handling equipment offered by Konecranes, including Automated Rubber Tyre Gantry (ARTG) cranes, RTG cranes, RMG cranes, Ship-to-shore Gantry (STS) cranes and straddle carriers.

Australian Steel Convention sponsor to demonstrate new crane

Konecranes will be a major sponsor of the Australian Steel Convention. Part of the deal includes the company demonstrating its UNITON crane at the event. The crane is designed for materials handling, manufacturing and maintenance applications.
“Our continued support of this convention provides us with a valuable opportunity to discuss the steel industry with other experts and help shape its future into one that is safe, efficient and reliable,” said Konecranes Managing Director, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines, James Dowe.
Dowe will be attending Konecranes’ booth at the convention, along with Konecranes Head of APAC Region, Steve Gagnuss, National Industrial Equipment Sales Manager, Peter Monaghan and Operations Manager, Daniel Mccarney in order to answer any questions about Konecranes technologies or the steel industry in general.
“Our company has a strong ethos of safety, which is vital to the steel industry,” said Dowe. “I’ve had some insightful conversations about the future of the steel industry at past conferences, and I’d invite anyone who is interested in cranes for the steel industry to visit our booth and chat to me and my team about the latest advanced technologies for the steel industry.”
UNITON is said to provide the duty class, hoisting speeds and trolley traversing speeds users will need and full compliance with safety requirements. Features include:

  • Maintenance-friendly trolley
  • Range of operator interfaces
  • Extended Speed Range as option
  • Built for the customer’s environment

Smart features are available on most cranes. Examples include:

  • Sway Control
  • Target Positioning
  • Shock Load Control
  • Safety Zoning
  • Regenerative Drive Systems


How operations and maintenance planning can improve port productivity

Ports are being challenged on many fronts. Globalisation has led to an increase in shipping and a corresponding increase in demand for port services. At the same time, competition between ports is intense and the nature of the market is changing.

TEU capacity and throughput remain important but now there are added complications, with operators of mega ships seeking suitably mega facilities, while other shipping clients demand flexibility in facilities, to cope with a mix of containerised and non-containerised cargo.

All of these factors have placed port and terminal operations under the spotlight. Considerations such as the time it takes to load or unload a ship, the type of assets a port owns, and the availability and reliability of this equipment have become critical to a port's competitive positioning.

In a bid to outdo others, operators around the world are discovering that the key to cost-effective port efficiency lies in driving value and productivity out of port assets.

The nature of assets

Typically, the assets owned by ports are costly. From forklifts to cranes, the assets are expensive to purchase and to maintain. The other fact about them is they are absolutely essential for revenue. Containers can't berth or be unloaded without the right equipment. But at the same time, no port can afford to tie up money or excess assets.

To avoid these pitfalls, it is important that ports have an integrated view of their operations and maintenance. The aim is to strike  a balance between the need to load and unload ships swiftly and efficiently, yet still have the ability to schedule essential maintenance.

Alignment with strategic objectives

The best and most accurate way of achieving this is by aligning operations and maintanance with the organisation's strategic objectives.

Begin by calculating anticipated TEUs for the year and consider how this number may grow. Then break the figures down to asset management objectives such as the number of berths and cranes that will be required to meet the expected throughput. 

If you expect to have the equipment in operation for 70 per cent of the time, that leaves a potential 30 per cent when no ships are coming in and when maintenance can be carried out.

Hopefully, this 30 per cent fits with the actual amount of time you require to conduct maintenance. If you need more time, that's when the juggling act between priorities -asset availability, reliability and cost -comes into question. Exactly how these needs are balanced will depend upon the priorities of each individual port operator.

It's all about balance

When trying to maximise productivity and contain costs, there's one other particularly helpful best practice. 

Analyse your assets in two distinct ways -in isolation and as a portfolio. It's important to know the costs, utilisation and productivity of a particular berth, for example, but it's equally essential to know the status of all the organisation's berths.

Their condition, capability and TCO not only points to capacity. It can also indicate risks, such as reliability, availability or exposure to upcoming replacement costs.

This latter risk is of particular relevance to companies that respond to the current increase in demand by suddenly investing in a variety of new assets.

An influx of new equipment ultimately creates an imbalance in the age of the asset fleet, which means maintenance demands will increase in sync and many of the assets will need to be replaced at a similar time.

This points to a significant cost burden in the near future. Good life cycle planning and clarity about priorities, especially in regard to operations, maintenance and costs, are essential in these circumstances. 

This is where asset management can make a considerable contribution towards business and profitability by reducing costs and increasing the productivity of assets.

The emergence of frameworks including PAS55 and ISO55000 have helped shift the thinking of how to manage assets from that of determining what cost to meet a level of service, to one of understanding the implications of the perforamnce, cost and risk trade-offs at various investment levels.

In many ways, the best examples of asset management involve balance. The balance between new and old equipment required to avoid risk. Balance between productive utilisation and maintenance, so that output is maximised and downtime minimised.

Balance between cost-cutting and investment, so that financial imperatives are met while keeping the fleet, and ultimately the company, competitive. 

The Manitowoc Company appoints new President and CEO of Manitowoc Cranes

The Manitowoc Company announced on December 28, 2015 that it has named Barry L. Pennypacker as president and chief executive officer of Manitowoc Cranes.

Mr. Pennypacker, who assumes his responsibilities immediately, will report to current interim chairman and chief executive officer of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., Kenneth W. Krueger. Larry J. Weyers, the current president of Manitowoc Cranes, will continue with the company as executive vice president of Manitowoc Cranes.

“Barry brings a fresh perspective to the Manitowoc Cranes business. His results-focused leadership style has led the transformation of several complex businesses through continuous process improvements, which delivered significant operational and financial performance improvements and increased shareholder value.

Furthermore, Barry’s deep industrial expertise, coupled with the successful execution of numerous lean initiatives throughout his career, makes him an excellent candidate to build on Manitowoc Crane’s leading market positions to return the business to growth and improved profitability,” stated Krueger.

Upon the execution of the previously announced spin of Manitowoc Foodservice, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. will change its name to Manitowoc Cranes, Inc. Mr. Pennypacker will then serve as president and chief executive officer of Manitowoc Cranes, Inc. and Mr. Krueger will serve as Chairman of the Board of Manitowoc Cranes, Inc.

Most recently, Mr. Pennypacker served as founder, president, and chief executive officer of Quantum Lean LLC, a privately held manufacturer and supplier of precision components.

Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer, as well as a director, of Gardner Denver Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of engineered industrial machinery and related parts and services, from 2008 until 2012. During his tenure at Gardner Denver, he created a high-performance culture that delivered significant value for customers, employees, and shareholders.

Prior to joining Gardner Denver, Mr. Pennypacker served in positions of increasing responsibility at Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation, a worldwide provider of technology-based equipment and services for the rail industry with his last position being Vice President-Group Executive.

He has also served in a number of senior management positions and operational roles during his time at The Stanley Works, a worldwide producer of tools and security products, and Danaher Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services.

Mr. Pennypacker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in operations management from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. in operations research from St. Joseph’s University. 

Cranes arrive in Mersey for Chinese Liverpool2 container development

Five ‘megamax’ quayside cranes have arrived in the River Mersey for the Liverpool2 container terminal, completing the final stage of its voyage from China.

The new cranes were received as part of Peel Port’s 300 million dollar investment programmes aiming to expand and develop the existing Port of Liverpool.

A total of eight ship-to-shore megamax cranes and 22 cantilever rail-monitored gantry cranes are being supplied to Peel Ports as part of the company’s investment in Liverpool2.

The investment in facilities will allow Liverpool2 to accommodate a large majority of the world’s current container fleet, including vessels up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) or two 13,500 TEU vessels simultaneously.

Produced by Chinese company Zhenhua Heavy Industries, the super structures measure 92 metres high to the top of the frame and 132 metres high when the boom is raised, each weighing around 1600 tonnes.

According to chief executive of Peel Ports, Mark Whitworth “Our investment in leading-edge infrastructure and technology will allow Liverpool to offer the quickest and most cost effective route to market, not just for goods destined for the north of England, but also for Scotland, Ireland and North Wales, opening up new logistics routes estimated at four million TEU every year and increasing potential import and export trade.”

An estimated 1,500 moves are anticipated from the cranes which have the ability to operate at speeds in excess of 30 moves per hour and work in wind speeds of up to 88 kilometres per hour.

The fleet of STS and CRMG cranes is supported by a multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art quayside facilities and support technology, including a fully-integrated Navis N4 terminal operating system, AutoGates and ABB equipment controls.

A combination of infrastructure and technology will reduce the time taken to transfer containers from port to road or rail, helping the Port of Liverpool to achieve targets of 65 per of haulage turned round in 30 minutes and 95 per cent of haulage turned in 60 minutes. 

Konecranes extends new technology and steel leadership

Konecranes is introducing valuable knowledge, new technology and expertise to the steel industry through its support of the Australian Steel Convention, agreeing to be a major sponsor of the event for the next three years.

At this year’s convention, held in Double Bay NSW from September 15-17, Konecranes introduced to the Australian market its new UNITON crane, which is particularly applicable to the steel industry and related uses such as materials handling, manufacturing and maintenance. UNITON is an excellent all-around crane with good fundamentals and performance. It provides the duty class, hoisting speeds and trolley traversing speeds the steel industry needs and full compliance with all safety requirements.

“Supporting this innovative convention gives us the opportunity to contribute our expertise to valuable discussions on the future of the steel industry in Australia,” says Konecranes Managing Director, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines, Mr James Dowe, who spoke at the convention. “I enjoyed sharing knowledge on safety and efficiency in the steel industry to those who it’s most relevant to,” said Mr Dowe, whose company employs over 12,000 people across 600 locations in 48 countries and is the world’s leading crane service organisation.

Mr Dowe will also personally be attending Konecranes’ booth at the convention, along with Key Account Manager for Steel, Mr Daniel McCarney and National Industrial Equipment Sales Manager, Mr Peter Monaghan in order to answer any questions about Konecranes technologies or the steel industry in general.

“Konecranes has a number of cranes and related technologies specifically designed for the steel industry. Technological advances, stricter standards and the rugged nature of the steel industry have led Konecranes to develop even safer and more advanced solutions that also increase the efficiency and productivity of their steel customers,” said Mr Dowe.

“Konecranes is at the forefront of automation and smart features for cranes that include Sway Control, Target Positioning, Shock Load Control, Safety Zoning and Regenerative Drive Systems. All these features are designed to integrate our equipment with customers’ overall handling systems.  The simple objective is to increase productivity, reduce manpower and improve energy saving and environmental targets,” he said.

“We always strive to be at the cutting edge of steel industry advances in safety, efficiency and productivity. I’d encourage anyone who’s interested in cranes for the steel industry to come and have a chat about some of the exciting new technologies that are out there,” he said.

Crane incidents continue to escalate at Roy Hill

The Roy Hill project has been issued with a prohibition notice after another crane incident, this time involving a man cage.

SMH reported that on Tuesday last week a crane was used to lower a man cage, which “crashed” into scaffolding.

It is understood the cage was used to transport workers to and from heights, however it is not known if anyone was in the cage at the time of the incident.

DMP state mining engineer Andrew Chaplyn​ said the incident occurred after a communication failure, which led the crane operator to lower the cage further than required.

"The department and Roy Hill are investigating the incident," he said.

"The aim is to identify the root causes so that the appropriate controls can be put in place to prevent a re-occurrence."

A spokeswoman for Roy Hill said no-one was injured in the incident.

"The prohibition notice will not affect first ore on ship as there is limited work which requires work from man cages,” she said.

This is the 10th prohibition notice issued by the Department of Mines and Petroleum to Roy Hill, with a number of lifting related incidents having taken place on the construction site.

The project had already been issued with 11 improvement notices in the past financial year, and this year has attracted four improvement notices and a single prohibition notice.

Work was not stopped on the site, however crane operated man cages cannot be operated until a safe system of work has been verified.

Roy Hill came under scrutiny early this year after a series of serious incidents involving cranes, EWPs and other lifting devices.

In late January a crane tipped over during testing and commissioning procedures on the machine, and about two weeks later another accident occurred when supporting jacks failed beneath a construction module.

Less than a fortnight after that two men were severely injured during a lifting accident aboard a ship which was offloading materials at Port Hedland for the Roy Hill project, however this incident fell under the purview of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and did not affect contractors Samsung C&T or Thiess.

At the time Roy Hill chief executive Barry Fitzgerald said there had been "serious issues" relating to safe lifting and crane operations, and that the situation was not acceptable and "a step change" in lifting operations was being sought.

However, Fitzgerald has recently been quoted as saying he was not concerned about the project’s safety performance.

"I think there is a difference between how much space we get in the media in terms of our safety performance and our actual performance, and we are actually quite pleased with what we have achieved," he said.

In other Roy Hill news the opening of the iron ore mine will be delayed until the second week of October due to bad weather and prohibition notices.

The mine was targeted for a September start, but will face delays according to an AFR report which quoted Hancock Prospecting executive director Tad Watroba.

It is understood the mine has stockpiled 13.5 million tonnes of iron ore ahead of the start date, which will provide cashflow while the project ramps up to the full capacity of 55 million tonnes per year, estimated to take a 30 month period.

Safe and customisable lifting solutions for diverse needs

One of the world’s most comprehensive and flexible
families of crane workstations has been designed by Konecranes to exactly fit
the different lifting needs of diverse industries and to change with them as
their needs evolve.

The Konecranes WLS family of Workstation Lifting
Systems – in capacities from hand-held lifting tools to robust hoists up to
2-ton capacity – represents the wide scope of the global Konecranes organisation
as one of the world’s leading crane manufacturers and the world’s largest crane
service organisation.

Konecranes – which has more than 420,000 cranes of all
makes under service contract worldwide – says the flexible and efficient WLS
family of workstations available throughout Australasia the company’s enormous
experience across a broad range of industries, including aerospace, automotive
and metals; food and beverage; manufacturing and materials handling; mining and
energy; oil and gas; resources fabrication and maintenance; road, rail and
off-road vehicle maintenance; primary and production process and shipping and
transport. The WLS family is designed with safety as paramount.

“All industries share our close focus on safety,
understanding that the total annual costs of work-related accidents and
diseases exceeds $USD 1.36 billion globally and is a major
component of risk management internationally,” says Konecranes.

“The innovative design and ergonomic features of the
WLS family help ensure that their operators can rely on their equipment and go
home unharmed at the end of the shift. Safety is further enhanced by a wide
range of products featuring suitability for hazardous environments, in
accordance with Konecranes’ “hooked on safety” philosophy.

Terex launch its largest luffing jib tower crane

Terex has developed a new range of luffing jib tower cranes, which have two and half times the load moment than the previous largest Terex crane.

Dubbed the CTL 16000 crane, it also has a ten metre longer jib than the previous model.

“We have decades of experience
in luffing jib cranes. To create the CTL 1600 tower crane, we tapped into all we
knew about them and went a step further,”  Marco Gentilini, vice president
and general manager for Terex Tower Cranes, explained.

Topping the existing Terex tower crane portfolio of eight CTL luffing jib models, the new extra large CTL 1600 crane provides heavy lifting power with easy assembly, operator comfort, and increased job site safety.

It has a maximum lifting capacity of 66 tonnes, a maximum load moment of 1600 metres tonnes, and is equipped with an extra long 75 metre jib.

“This crane offers extremely
high lifting capacities and reach as well as ease of transport and assembly,” the company stated.

The CTL 1600 has a maximum freestanding height of 89 metres on a concrete base and 88 metres on a chassis.

It uses HD 33 tower segments, which come equipped with pre-assembled tower platforms, aluminium ladders, multiple lifting points, and Terex’s new “Engage System”.

“This crane offers extremely
high lifting capacities and reach as well as ease of transport and assembly,” Terex said.

Apart from being the largest and heaviest lifting model in the Terex luffing jib tower crane range, the CTL 1600 also has a number of innovative features focused on increased performance, ease of assembly, and safety.

These features include the standard jib walkways and handrails for a safe working at heights environment for technicians during set up and maintenance.

All of its hoisting and luffing winch drums are linked to their own separate emergency braking system, which at the press of a button stops operation quickly, but at a gradual enough pace to avoid blocking or the potential of ropes whipping.

An anti-collision system helps the operator plan and execute life while avoiding collisions with other cranes or nearby buildings.

Two cameras linked to an operator display screen increase the user’s visibility and enable the operator to zoom in and out as required to gain a better understanding of proximity.

A folding platform and folding A-frame which can be transported in a single piece on one standard truck slashes transportation costs and aids cost-efficiencies.

An automatic slewing ring lubrication feature also means less time is spent on maintenance.

The CTL 1600 also has a third hoist on the counter job that can be used as a service derrick for assembly.

It is also equipped with two pull lines that combine the ability of heavy lifting with fast lifting speeds.

Ergonomics were also in focus during its development, with the crane featuring a Terex Cranes EVO 15 operator cab.

Built with feedback from
users, the EVO 15 cab features five large windows for excellent
visibility; for ventilation, its front window
and back door open; while sliding sunscreen blinds are available for side, front and
upper windows.

An all stainless-steel
electronics panel is located in the cabin platform providing excellent protection
from different weather conditions.

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