Konecranes secures WA Sino Iron project contract


Konecranes wins tender to supply its CXT Wire Rope Hoists to CITIC Pacific’s $5 billion Sino Iron project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region

Konecranes secures WA Sino Iron project contract
Konecranes secures WA Sino Iron project contract

January 17, 2012

Konecranes has won a tender to supply its CXT Wire Rope Hoists to CITIC Pacific’s $5 billion Sino Iron project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

The latest order for another 12 of the CXTs brings the number of compact, ergonomic hoists selected for the Hong-Kong based CITIC Pacific’s project to 88.

With an estimated an approval to export around 22 million tons per annum, the Sino Iron project will be the largest magnetite iron ore mining and processing project in Australia.

The CXT Wire Rope Hoists will be utilised for the installation and on-site maintenance of many different kinds of equipment, including pumps, cyclones and filters.

Konecranes says the innovative design concept of the hoists makes them smaller in size and lighter in weight.

Reduced hook approaches create more usable workspace.

For new facilities, the hoists improve flexibility in factory layout and material flow planning, and enable the use of a smaller building that is less expensive to build.

Designs, materials and manufacturing methods all represent cutting edge technology, the result of extensive R&D, which can only be justified for high-volume production.

"Compared to conventional designs, the lifting ropes of CXT hoists can be expected to last for multiple lifetimes due to the large rope drum diameter and rope angles, which reduce stress and bending forces," the company claims.

Safety and reliability are enhanced by the CXT hoists’ excellent power transmission and braking systems. The high-performance brakes have an adjustment-free and dust-proof construction.

"They are designed for the lifetime of the hoists (FEM) and can brake over one million times without adjustment."

The gears used in CXT hoists are manufactured with extreme accuracy, which, combined with hardened and ground gear fabrication, means trouble-free operation even after years of intensive use.

CXT hoists offer smooth movements and fast load positioning. Inverter control for trolley travelling in CXT hoists is a standard feature and minimizes load swing.

The hoist’s innovative design with a rope drum that is large in diameter but short in length means that horizontal travel of the hook during lowering is minimal. As a result, accurate load positioning is faster.

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