Overhead cranes and services supplied by RGM Cranes are recognised as the “gold standard” for reliable and safe lifting in the Gauteng region, says MD Alex Dowling, who believes that the company’s focus on providing its services to Africa’s largest industrial and mining hub has stood it in good stead.
Dowling says that rather than dilute its focus through a national footprint, RGM Cranes chooses to service Gauteng, a region that has more cranes in a single industrial area than can be found throughout the entire City of Cape Town. This kind of focus ensures the concentration of skills and the ability to deliver professional services to its clients timeously.
As a turnkey service provider, RGM’s services range from conception, design, manufacture and installation of, as well as repairs, maintenance, upgrades and conversions of, any type of lifting equipment. The company has ISO 9001 accreditation for quality management that governs all processes within the supply chain.
“From the foundations of your new building right down to the smallest lifting point or shackle, we provide every conceivable lifting item to our clients. “From the ground, up to the crane and from the crane back down to the load,” says Dowling.
He says that all fabrication is carried out at the company’s 10 000 m2 purpose-built premises and is done according to all relevant British Standards and SANS specifications.
RGM Cranes also entered into a partnership with the Turkey-based company Güralp Crane & Machine in late 2015. Dowling says that working conditions in Turkey bear many similarities with sub-Saharan Africa, making it a lot simpler for the design team at Güralp to fully understand the specific requirements for overhead cranes in South Africa.
Güralp introduced the GMD range of wire rope hoists into the Turkish and wider European market more than ten years ago and has had great success with the range of Federation of Materials Handling-rated hoisting units. The hoists boast ABM hoist drive units from Germany that stand up to the harshest lifting conditions presented to them. Cost of ownership is a critical factor in today’s economy and Güralp ticks this box with comparably affordable spare parts.
Dowling says the Güralp end carriage offering is one that has had an enormous impact in South Africa and around the world. From 112 mm up to 630 mm diameter wheels and in both single and double bogie arrangements, using GGG70 sphero cast wheels as a standard, he says these end carriage systems are among the best available in today’s market. Inverter control reduces both brake and gearbox wear and is 30% more energy efficient than conventional contactor-controlled drives. The single girder end carriages have a hinged design to counteract minor long travel rail wear or misalignment making these end carriages an attractive option.
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