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EXTENDING THE OPERATIONAL LIFE OF LIFTING EQUIPMENT

Demag general overhaul programmes

As lifting equipment and associated components age, efficiency and reliability are inevitably compromised, often resulting in higher operating costs and potential safety implications. To address these issues, Demag Cranes & Components Ltd recommends that its lifting equipment should be subject to a general overhaul at least every ten years of its operational life.

Demag general overhaul programmes have been designed to restore equipment to optimum performance and safety levels, providing a cost effective alternative to investment in new materials handling technologies. Such regimes, backed by ongoing certification, also help operators meet obligations under workplace health and safety legislation, including the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, LOLER 1998 and PUWER 1998. At a time when health and safety is high on the public agenda, in an increasingly litigious society, accidents or injuries arising from poorly maintained plant and equipment, may lead to the investigation and prosecution of employers under these statutes. In extreme cases, where a fatality occurs, prosecution and expensive compensation claims may be brought under the Corporate Manslaughter & Homicide Act 2007. 

Demag technicians are fully qualified to repair, maintain and overhaul proprietary products and those of other original equipment manufacturers. Overhaul programmes include an assessment of materials handling systems and the replacement of worn or damaged components. Subject to assessment, Demag also undertakes the replacement or adjustment of mechanical, electrical and optical controls, as well as switchgear, brakes, chains, friction clutches and rope stays. 

Where appropriate Demag provides for the upgrade and modernisation of lifting equipment, which may include the addition of features such as overload protection, inverter controlled drive systems, anti collision systems, remote controls, capacity/load increase and safety interlock systems.

The modernisation of lifting equipment may also include the incorporation of mechanical and electrical components and sub assemblies to ensure that materials handling systems work harder, quicker, smarter and more safely.

All Demag overhaul and modernisation programmes are fully certified and meet LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998, the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 (S.I.1992/3073), appropriate European standards and carry CE accreditation, where appropriate. The company is accredited to the Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance ISO9001, approved under the SafeContractor scheme and a member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers’ Association. Demag has also been awarded the British Safety Council’s International Safety Award for the last seven years.

For further information please contact:

Demag Cranes & Components Ltd, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 1QZ
Telephone: 01295 676157 • Fax: 01295 226102

E-mail: [email protected] • Website: www.demagcranes.com

 

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