Revitalizing Port Crane Operations: Overhauling Gearbox Assemblies to Ensure Optimal Performance and Reliability

ALATAS’ SERVICEFIELD SERVICE  
LOCATION  EMEA/ UK /BRISTOL  
EQUIPMENT  PORT CRANE
BRANDSKONE CRANE / SIBRE, MALMEDIE

Intro

The article discusses a case study where Alatas UK overhauled multiple components of a port crane to ensure their optimal performance and reliability. Specifically, Alatas UK overhauled four Kone crane gearboxes, four Kone crane electric motors, and four Sibre service brakes. The lead time for the overhaul was kept short to minimize disruptions to port operations. The article highlights the importance of regular maintenance and condition monitoring to prevent costly downtime and ensure safe and efficient port operations. By completing the overhaul of these critical components, Alatas UK helped to ensure the continued smooth operation of the port crane system.

BACKGROUND

The overhaul project of the port crane gearbox assemblies, electric motors, and service brakes was part of a 10-year maintenance plan to ensure the continued safe and efficient operation of the cranes. The maintenance plan involved the inspection and repair of critical components to minimize the risk of breakdowns and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

The port crane system is a vital component of the logistics and supply chain industry, responsible for loading and unloading cargo from ships. Given the high volume of cargo that passes through ports, any disruption to crane operations can have severe economic consequences.

Therefore,

regular maintenance of port cranes is essential to minimize downtime, prevent accidents, and ensure that the cranes operate at peak efficiency. In this context, the 10-yearly maintenance plan served as a proactive approach to prevent potential failures and breakdowns that could cause delays in the port’s operations.

Alatas UK, a specialized engineering service provider, was commissioned to carry out the overhaul project due to their expertise in the field. The project involved the inspection, repair, and replacement of critical components of the cranes, including the gearbox assemblies, electric motors, and service brakes, to ensure their optimal performance and reliability. The overhaul was completed within a short lead time to minimize disruptions to port operations, and the cranes were successfully returned to service.

ALATAS’ SOLUTION

To complete the overhaul project of the port crane gearbox assemblies, electric motors, and service brakes, Alatas UK came up with a comprehensive solution that involved several key steps. Firstly, they conducted a thorough condition assessment of the critical components, including the gearboxes, motors, and brakes, to determine the extent of the repairs needed. This allowed them to identify any worn or damaged parts that needed to be replaced and ensured that the overhaul project was targeted and efficient.

Secondly, they devised a plan to complete the project within a short lead time, to not disrupt the port’s operations. To achieve this, they used their extensive network of global suppliers to source the required replacement parts quickly and efficiently. Additionally, they used their expertise in engineering and project management to ensure that the overhaul work was carried out as efficiently as possible, without compromising on quality.

Finally, they conducted thorough testing and commissioning of the cranes after the overhaul to ensure that they met the required performance standards and were safe to operate. Throughout the entire project, Alatas UK followed strict safety regulations to ensure that the cranes were safe for use and complied with regulatory requirements.

Overall, the solution that Alatas UK came up with was comprehensive, efficient, and effective. By carrying out a thorough condition assessment, sourcing replacement parts quickly, and conducting rigorous testing and commissioning, they were able to complete the overhaul project within a short lead time while ensuring that the cranes operated at optimal performance and reliability. The project demonstrated the importance of regular maintenance and condition monitoring to prevent costly downtime and ensure safe and efficient port operations.

Job Scope

  • Parts Pre-Ordering: The first step was to pre-order the required parts before the gearboxes were removed from service. This was done to minimize lead times and ensure that the parts were available when needed.
  • Inspection and Reporting: Once the gearboxes were removed, all items were stripped down, and a thorough inspection was carried out. A detailed report was issued, highlighting any worn or damaged parts that needed to be replaced.
  • Rebuilding: All items that required repair or replacement were rebuilt, including the gearbox assemblies, electric motors, and service brakes. Alatas UK used their expertise in engineering and project management to ensure that the rebuild was carried out as efficiently as possible without compromising on quality. This included the installation of new Maldmedie drum couplings to the output shaft of the gearboxes. The drum couplings couple the gearbox to the crane’s hoist winches.
  • Testing Phase: After the rebuild was complete, the overhauled equipment underwent a testing phase to ensure that it met the required performance standards and was safe to operate. This involved both static and dynamic testing, with Alatas UK using their hydraulic test rig to run the gearboxes. This ensured that the equipment operated at optimal performance and reliability.
  • Painting: Finally, the equipment was painted to port industry specifications, ensuring that they were compliant with regulatory requirements and looked as good as new.
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