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Bergen Group Dreggen has signed a service
agreement with CAZ Offshore and Marine
Engineering Services in Singapore.
Berggen hopes to improve support
services for its clients in the Asia region by
drawing on assistance from CAZ. The two
companies have worked together on several
projects in the past.
With more than 12 years of experience in
hydraulic and crane servicing, CAZ's clients
range from shipowners to oil and gas
companies and shipyards in the Asia region.
The company is currently undergoing a
program of expansion and modernisation,
having recently moved to 32 Tuas Basin Link
Singapore, with a sea front workshop to
facilitate full servicing and load testing of
cranes. This facility also allows transportation
of bigger units of cranes via barge direct to
vessels and shipyards.
For further information contact:
Bergen Group Dreggen, Norway.
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Konecranes' new Smarton heavy-duty process crane is
designed to adapt to user needs while maximising safety and
minimising energy consumption and downtime. A key driver
of the design is its modularity, which allows customers to
select the exact features they need.
By using standardised modules, each crane can be customised
reliably to suit specific processes. The product can also easily be
updated with additional features, such as automated positioning,
defined working areas, maintenance monitoring, or remote
diagnostics. This is enabled by the crane's intelligent control
system based on programmable logic, which can be adjusted
according to the control need.
According to Konecranes, the Smarton's compact design can
also save building and building services costs by fitting into
smaller structures. The space-efficient design also allows the user
to put loads down much closer to the wall. Depending on its
set-up, the Smarton can lift loads ranging from 30 tonnes to more
than 500 tonnes.
Konecranes has also introduced a diagnostic tool that
evaluates the working condition of wire ropes in lifting
equipment to assess their safety and reliability. Konecranes's
RopeQ uses electromagnetic technology to assess the inner and
outer wires and strands of a wire rope. According to Konecranes,
this testing method ensures safe use and may improve the
equipment's total lifecycle.
RopeQ applies an electromagnetic-inductive testing method to
detect flaws that are not visible on the surface of wire ropes. The
tool fastens to wire rope assemblies and records a series of interior
images along the entire length of the wire rope. Data drawn from
this process can pinpoint all areas and degrees of degradation. The
results help to determine whether continued use is safe or whether
the rope needs to be changed.
This can also reduce the costs of equipment replacement.
Routine maintenance often entails pre-determined replacement
intervals, regardless of the actual condition of the wire
ropes. Consequently, safe and operable ropes might be
replaced prematurely, resulting in unnecessary downtime and
"Throughout the working life of a wire rope, the strands and
core are subjected to tension, bending and abrasion, which can
compromise strength and safety," says Konecranes sales and
marketing director Warren Ashton. "RopeQ produces verifiable
condition assessments that can be compared against discard
criteria, reducing the possibility of changing wire ropes that are
still compliant with lifting regulations."
For further information contact:
Bergen and CAZ join forces
Konecranes builds in adaptability, safety and efficiency
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