One of South-East Asia’s leading cement manufacturers, Xuan Thanh Cement, is deploying Konecranes durable CXT lifting equipment enhanced with TRUCONNECT® remote monitoring technology to optimize the safety, efficiency and reliability of its plant in Ha Nam province 100km south of Hanoi.
Xuan Thanh Cement recently announced plans to establish the largest cement plant in the world in the province, featuring the most energy efficient equipment, state-of the art emission control and leading process control systems in an expanded plant with daily production capacity of 12,500 tonnes.
Konecranes has responded to Xuan Thanh’s expansion to meet expected growth in the Vietnamese cement market with an installation at Ha Nam of four installation and maintenance cranes of the globally proven CXT design in capacities of 6 to 35 tons, backed by Konecranes local and global service and training capabilities.
The cranes serve key production technology in installations as high as more than 45 metres off the ground, or more than 12 stories high. They lift tools and machinery to the top of the plant, including grinders and silos, to help ensure uninterrupted production for Xuan Thanh in serving markets including roads, tunnels, ports and other industrial and commercial building and infrastructure.
CXT wire rope hoists are staple lifting devices used widely throughout the Asia-Pacific and globally in maintenance tasks, production lines, engineering and processing plants and industrial warehouses and factories.
Their strength, compact size, speed, reliability and safety make them indispensable in production facilities where time is money and space is limited. Safety and reliability of CXT cranes can be further enhanced by TRUCONNECT® remote monitoring technology which provides self-diagnosis and usage data that enables users to optimise maintenance activities and visualise maintenance and application compliance.
Such safety and efficiency issues are particularly important in Xuan Thanh equipment accessed by the Konecranes, which provide servicing of rollers of grinders and filtration process technology and servicing of motors and gearboxes mounted atop silos used for bulk storage.
“We use the cranes frequently - sometimes every day,” said Xuan Thanh Cement Manufacturing vice director Nguyen Quang Trung. “The big crane is important for lifting equipment for maintenance and repairs, for example, while the smaller cranes may be used to lift tools and machinery to the very top of the silo.
“The cranes are very important to the production process. Their safety is also a priority, which is a reason why we choose Konecranes. We have used other cranes, but they were not so good. This time we considered a lot of cranes before making our choice.”
Other important factors included efficient use of space, ease of operation and provision of service back-up (Konecranes is the world’s largest crane service organization, with more than 400,000 cranes of all makes under service contract worldwide and a permanent office in Vietnam).
CXT cranes are easy to operate, says Mr Nguyen, while Konecranes Vietnam office provides training and backup on advanced systems such as TRUCONNECT.
Konecranes Vietnam sales manager Huynh Thanh says durable technologies such as CXT are vital in demanding production environments such as cement production, while technologies such as TRUCONNECT also help ensure safety and longevity.
“We are happy to work as partners with customers such as Xuan Thanh, which is dedicated to world standards of efficiency and safety and to ensuring its staff members have access to world’s best practices and technologies such as those of Konecranes.”