Leading Australian glass supplier Viridian has installed a new 5t Konecranes CXT crane to handle the delicate task of moving glass at its new all-inclusive glass trading centre, Viridian Trade Centre in Rosebery, Sydney.

Mr Matt Jacobs, Store Manager, Viridian Trade Centre explains that moving glass is a difficult task, which can be simplified and made safer and more efficient using a crane. The retail trade centre is a brand new facility and the first of its kind in Australia to offer a full range of glass products and accessories, as well as services such as cutting, processing and edging.

According to Mr Jacobs, the facility is designed for small to medium businesses that can’t afford to buy their own machinery, but need glass for their work.

The Konecranes CXT crane is used for a range of materials handling tasks, including moving glass around the facility and from racking to cutting tables. Mr Jacobs will confidently recommend Konecranes to anyone buying a crane based on his own experience. Satisfied with both the product and the service quality, he said that Konecranes went above and beyond to ensure Viridian’s new retail centre got everything they needed in a timely fashion. The crane was even customised to include an extra point on the hook, which assists with glass handling.

Mr Jacobs also appreciated the positive attitudes of the Konecranes technicians, who had to install the crane under difficult conditions with limited accessibility at times. They were able to do so efficiently, safely and in a professional manner.

Viridian Trade Centre has signed a service agreement with Konecranes for the service and maintenance of the crane.

CXT Wire Rope Hoists

The crane installed at the Viridian Trade Centre utilises CXT wire rope hoists featuring advanced Konecranes technology to extend hoist operation cycles, safety and durability.

Key benefits of Konecranes CXT wire rope hoists include versatile design adaptable to a wide range of applications; reliable operation, regardless of the conditions; compact dimensions allowing efficient utilisation of smaller spaces; and different trolley configurations maximising the lifting height potential. The efficiency of the crane is further optimised with the empty hook allowed to be driven with up to 50% higher speeds compared to the loaded hook, enabling the operator to choose the most efficient way to operate the hoist.

CXT hoists also come with a range of optional features for customers seeking to further increase their efficiency and performance.

Smart features available with the latest CXT wire rope hoists:

Adaptive Speed Range (ASR) allows very slow speeds for moment of load lift-off and lowering. It also has the ability to lift up to 50% faster when lifting 25% of the maximum load or less.

Extended Speed Range (ESR) is an extension of the ASR that allows even faster speeds and a wider range of control. ESR is typically used in heavy use industries with high volume cycles and a higher percentage of medium to heavy load.

Load control is designed to make the operator’s work safer and more productive.

Positioning and area control assists the operator in positioning the load more efficiently and accurately. It also allows the crane’s working area to be adapted to the varying physical layouts of individual facilities and production lines.