SOURCE: Konecranes, Inc.

Konecranes, Inc.

January 23, 2015 13:03 ET

Konecranes UNITON™ Expands Higher-Duty Overhead Crane Line

UNITON, Konecranes Latest Advancement in Its Equipment Offering for Heavy-Duty Lifting and Process Industries, Is a Robust Overhead Crane That Can Be Tailored for Unique Lifting Applications

SPRINGFIELD, OH--(Marketwired - January 23, 2015) - "Customers whose applications fall between Konecranes (HEX: KCR1V) SMARTON for process industries and our standard industrial crane will greatly benefit from our latest built-up trolley crane, known as UNITON," says Steve Kosir, VP and Director, Konecranes Industrial Crane Solutions, Region Americas.

Using a rugged construction concept with multiple trolley configurations and proven components, including Konecranes Core of Lifting (motor + gearbox + control system), UNITON delivers a crane that can be tailored to customers' unique needs.

"We've been listening closely to our customers. With UNITON, we are providing them with a competitive crane that can be adapted to be just right for their specific operations," Kosir said. "Too often, crane manufacturers reduce the cost of their cranes by reducing product features, simplifying the traditional design and deferring to lower-quality components. On the contrary, UNITON reverses this trend by offering a competitive, heavy-duty solution without compromising quality."

Standard features of the UNITON from Konecranes include fabricated box end trucks with 90-degree MCB-type bearing housings that are easy to replace and promote long life. UNITON's robust design also benefits from Konecranes two-point drum suspension, which inhibits deflections of the rope drum from causing misalignment in the connection between the drum and gearbox.

UNITON cranes are available from Konecranes in a wide range of load options, hoisting speeds, lift heights, trolley gauges, frame sizes and capacities, from 6.3 to 160 tons with a single trolley and up to 320 tons with two trolleys. UNITON cranes can be built to meet CMAA duty requirements up to Class F.

"In addition to being adaptable and economic, UNITON is also designed to be durable," Kosir stated. "We included Shock Load Prevention and Slack Rope Prevention as standard features, which helps protect both the crane and load against potential operator error or misuse. The pendant and radio control devices are also designed to handle rugged use."

The inverter controls for UNITON from Konecranes comes standard in all motions (bridge, trolley and hoist). Inverter drives provide a smoother lifting experience and reduce wear on mechanical components when compared to contactor-controlled cranes. As an optional feature, Extended Speed Range Plus (ESR+) allows for higher lifting and lowering speeds when loads less than the rated load are handled. When the load is less than 10% of the rated load, the hoist can be operated at up to 250 percent of the nominal speed, minimizing peak power and energy consumption for a more economical operation.

Optional load control features available on UNITON from Konecranes include Sway Control, Inching, Microspeed, Hoist Synchronization and Tandem Drive, which links the actions of two cranes.

Konecranes designs and builds each UNITON crane for the ambient conditions of the customer's operation, defined by the application and environment in which the crane will operate. So factors like temperature, humidity and corrosive elements are anticipated during manufacturing, which help extend the lifetime of the crane.

"We've been listening closely to our customers," Kosir said. "Our goal with UNITON is to offer our customers an adaptable crane that meets their unique lifting needs, from purchase to performance, with the quality, reliability, safety features and ease-of-use that people have come to expect from Konecranes."

About Konecranes, Inc.
Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes.

In 2013, Group sales totaled EUR 2.100 million. The Group has 11,800 employees at 600 locations in 48 countries. Konecranes is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (HEX: KCR1V).

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