Manufacturer deploys range of cranes and hoists
08 September 2020
Aerospace and industrial components supplier has heavily invested systematically in handling equipment.
Lifting equipment distributor and installer Sodileve had already carried out an operation at Mecafi for the installation of two new jib cranes at its first production plant. In view of the quality of the Eurochain service and products, Mecafi requested Sodileve's support for the time of the new Eolia plant.
The audit was carried out in conjunction with Verlinde. The joint operation was launched in 2015 and delivery took place three years later. It involved fitting out an 8,700 sq m plant under construction with lifting solutions for the loading of cast aluminium machines while integrating the ergonomics of stations. A part of the machine pool had already been installed, so from the start the equipment had to be adapted to fit the available space. As the project progressed, requirements were revised upwards.
The whole range of Verlinde's Eurosystem overhead handling and Eurostyle jib crane systems was deployed at Mecafi, all fitted with Eurochain hoists: Eurosystem STD (steel) and ALD (aluminium) hollow section girders, inverted jib cranes or triangulated beam section arms, etc. The aluminium systems were chosen at spots where station ergonomics was essential: lightness of tracks enables users to manipulate loads, easily and almost effortlessly, even heavy and cumbersome ones. The steel systems made the moving of heavy loads easy thanks to the excellent rolling coefficient. Stress is kept to a minimum on the bearing structure by the pendular design of the system. The Eurochain electric chain hoists are the result of innovative technology: their materials, concepts of operation and style offers them power and user-friendliness. They can be adapted for specific requirements.
The most powerful hoisting element installed at Mecafi can lift 3.2 tonnes while the smallest, 125 kg. In all, 32 hoisting systems with 32 Verlinde Eurochain hoists were installed and commissioned by Sodileve, including three at the company's first plant.
Sodileve also signed an exclusive preventive maintenance and repair contract with Mecafi, this time for the whole pool of lifting machinery, 80% of which was Verlinde equipment as the company's first plant had already been equipped by other makers.
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