Cranes must work hard to earn their keep. Crane producers are seeking to satisfy demand for increased performance levels - whilst keeping firm control of manufacturing costs.
Understanding your business
Cranes are tailored for specific use in activities ranging from construction to mining, manufacturing to shipping. But there is one thing that they all have in common – users with high expectations. Today’s crane users want reliability, durability and stability. As a knowledgeable, proven and flexible steel supplier, we can help ensure that crane producers meet market demands.
At Tata Steel, we have extensive materials expertise and we make it our business to understand your business. We know that our customers are constantly striving to achieve efficiencies in design, procurement and manufacturing and product knowledge allows us to support our customers in these areas. We understand that crane manufacturers need to be confident that they have the best steel for the job. We’re proud to say that we’re still listening and we’re still learning.
By understanding the issues and legislation affecting your marketplace, we are much better placed to anticipate and respond to your needs.
Our work in the crane sector means we fully appreciate the huge demands on manufacturers. More and more users expect their cranes to work even harder – lifting heavier loads to increased heights. We
recognise that crane makers are being called upon to increase performance levels whilst maintaining crane safety.
Through our work with customers and our close contact with trade organisations, we are keeping abreast of the key operational and legislative drivers in machine development in the crane market.
How we can help
We recognise the important role played by our steel in the production of safe and robust cranes. Our customers know they can rely on us for the demanding products required for crane manufacture. Our knowledge and extensive product range provides clear benefits for crane manufacturers. It allows us to work with customers to identify and provide the right steel solution for the job. Our multi-product
portfolio and associated steel processing services also provide opportunities for customers to simplify their procurement chain, extend capacity and maximise their own manufacturing flexibility.
Our range of steels and products have been developed to meet demanding applications, this includes:
• High strength steel strip and plate for booms and chassis
• Hot and cold formed hollow sections for tower cranes
• Special profiles for track shoe sections
• Engineering grade bar products for engine applications
• Profiled parts for mobile and telescopic cranes
• U-shaped profiles for boom channels
• Rails for gantry cranes
• Equal and unequal angles for tower cranes
Working and growing together
Experience has shown us the benefits of working in partnership with our customers. The more we understand about our customers’ needs and issues, the more we can identify ways of helping customers to grow and reach their goals.
By working collaboratively, we can exploit our knowledge of steel and its application to deliver product performance benefits and to cut cost and waste from the production cycle.
Making a difference
Typical ways in which we can add value by sharing our expertise include helping our customers arrive at the optimum balance between processing performance and material performance, by providing technical advice, specialist testing from our R&D centres and also inventory management. A good example of this is a joint project undertaken with a customer to find a cost-effective production route for a next generation boom design. The product re-design had fewer weld operations and also moved welds away from areas of higher stress in the finished structure.