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3D Printed Casting Patterns Deliver Efficient Solution for Metal Parts Production

Investment casting patterns delivered faster and more affordably with 3D printing.

As one of the oldest-known metal forming techniques, investment casting remains an effective manufacturing methodology many centuries after its introduction. Investment casting begins with a pattern, around which a ceramic shell is formed through a dipping and firing process. The firing process removes the initial pattern, leaving behind an empty vessel for metal pouring. Also known as a sacrificial pattern, the ceramic shell is broken away once the metal has cooled, leaving behind a final metal part.

The investment casting process works with an incredibly diverse range of metals, and the end results are geometrically precise to the mold that shapes them. When all is said and done, it’s an incredibly useful technique, but traditional methods to acquire the casting pattern are not always the most time- or cost-effective.

As the origin point of the process, the investment casting pattern is of primary importance. Traditionally, this pattern is achieved using wax tooling, which can take several weeks or months and upwards of tens of thousands of dollars to produce. For certain applications this can be a worthwhile trade off if speed-to-market is not critical or if a high quantity of final parts can justify the expense of tooling. If these criteria are not met, however, the logistical barriers to pattern creation have typically ruled out the process until the arrival of compatible 3D printing materials and methodologies.

3D printing now offers a smart option for low volume investment casting, bridge tooling and risk mitigation throughout design. 3D Systems offers both wax and resin materials for investment casting applications that dramatically reduce metal part production costs with overnight delivery speeds. Savvy industrial part manufacturers, jewellers and foundries have been quick to catch on, and many have already acquired stereolithography (SLA) or MultiJet (MJP) Wax printers of their own to deliver high quality 3D printed investment casting patterns faster and more affordably.

In direct comparisons between traditional investment casting patterns and 3D printed ones, customers have saved anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000 per part and shaved substantial time from the process. 3D printed investment casting patterns offer additional benefits such as the ability to make more complex and functionally efficient patterns that cannot be produced using conventional tooling. The high surface quality of 3D Systems’ printing technologies also helps reduce post-processing requirements for increased efficiency downstream.

To learn more about our investment casting solutions, get in touch with a 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing expert today to discuss your project requirements.

 

3D Systems, On Demand Manufacturing

5 Lynch St, Hawthorn, Vic 3122 Australia

+61 3 9819 4422

Info.asiapac@3Dsystems.com

 

 

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Urgent attention needed to look at automation impact

automationAutomation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation issues facing the country could become threats, leading to increased social and economic difficulties and a strain on government resources unless they are immediately addressed, New Zealand’s tech leader say.

The TechLeaders executive has only recently just been formed because New Zealand is facing unprecedented growth and change in tech, which is now the nation’s fastest growing sector.

TechLeaders from some of New Zealand’s biggest companies and organisations has been set up with the support of NZTech and is a group of New Zealand tech, digital and ICT focused-executives from leading organisations.

They have just met in Auckland and all agreed AI and other digital changes will greatly impact on many of today’s jobs in coming years, as well as the income of many Kiwi families, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

“Automation will change just about every industry in New Zealand and over the next few years rapidly change the number and type of jobs available. If we act now to prepare the New Zealand workforce for these changes it may provide opportunities.

“If left unaddressed these opportunities will turn to challenges and potential threats leading to increased social and economic difficulties and a strain on government resources.

“The TechLeaders discussed how we can help prepare New Zealand’s future workforce. Being at the forefront of technology change these senior executives have insight into the pace of change and see critical elements in ensuring Kiwi families all have jobs in the future.

“We need to ensure that our education system is developing the skills needed for a future workforce, in particular, an understanding of digital technologies and collaborative working practices.

“We need to start developing policy and a national shared purpose around how to re-train or upskill current employees who work in jobs that may change or disappear rapidly due to technology.

“Through the discussion a number of ways were identified where technology leaders and industry could play an active role in helping secure the future of work for Kiwis. We must bring a stronger connection with education to help prepare students, support teachers and support the introduction of the new digital technology curriculum.

“And we need to work with government to help reshape the national conversation away from the robots are taking my jobs to a more positive view that encourages upskilling.”

TechLeaders chair David Kennedy says they have a responsibility as industry leaders to prepare future generations for what tomorrow holds.

“We are well placed people to help tackle the difficult questions that need to be addressed to ensure future work for generations of Kiwis,” Mr Kennedy says.

“We all agree that tech leaders and industry have a role and responsibility to guide and support initiatives to retrain people for the new skills paradigm brought on by technological change. The development of the next generation of workers is also critical.”

Among a series of recommendations, the leaders want to reduce fear-inducing messaging about everyone losing their jobs and robots taking over.

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GLOBAL STAINLESS KNUCKLES DOWN TO THE JOB

Knuckling tank end disc to 40 radius. Various knuckling rollers up to 200mm.

Knuckling tank end disc to 40 radius. Various knuckling rollers up to 200mm.

Global Stainless has realised the exceptional value that it can give to tank and vessel fabricators by taking on the tricky but rewarding knuckling service of radius forming the edges of domes and cones.

Lincoln Raikes, managing director of Global Stainless Industrial and Global Stainless Artworks says, “Our tank fabricator customers base just keeps growing when people hear about the range of service and the quality we achieve in our knuckled domes just gets better”.

“It takes a lot of skill to operate a knuckling machine and perform a ripple free knuckle at the exact diameter so that it fits perfectly to a tank cylinder,” Mr Raikes says.

Most of Global Stainless’ new work comes through word of mouth advertising when fabricators hear it can guarantee that correct circumference before the domes or cone is even made, which means the fabricator can start making the tank before the dome arrives.

80mm knuckle radius on large mild steel domes.

80mm knuckle radius on large mild steel domes.

Global Stainless knuckle either domes or cones supplied by its customers offering 10 different knuckle radii from 10 to 200mm radius.

It also specialises in double curved forming in stainless steel and mild/carbon steels. These include: torispherical and hemispherical domes, hemispheres for pharmaceutical manufacturing vessels, stainless steel spheres for industrial applications (pressure or vacuum), mirror polished stainless steel spheres for art, mild steel/carbon steel spheres for industrial applications (pressure or vacuum), long radius-large diameter S/S rolled and fabricated bends, mild steel / carbon steel domes, stainless steel dished ends, aluminium dished ends, copper dished ends, teat spray/sprayer tanks, pressure vessel heads, tank heads, tank ends, pipe end caps, dished heads, ASME and AS1210 heads and bulk milk dairy cooling vats.

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EMEX 2018 – a not to be missed edition!

EmexIn less than 12 weeks’ time, New Zealand’s leading Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology trade exhibition, EMEX, returns to Auckland and it’s set to be of a scale never seen in its almost 40 year history!

With over 160 National and International exhibiting companies in attendance showcasing the latest technology, innovative products and service solutions this year’s event is a guaranteed must attend.

Visitor Destinations:

  • Innovation Quarter: where the latest technology will showcased.
  • Employment & Training Hub: short and long term solutions for your workforce needs.
  • Work Safe Advisory Lounge: practical advice on workplace H & S

Topics at the Seminar Series:

  • How do NZ companies address the growing lack of skilled labour and succession problems?
  • What are we doing with regards to workplace health and safety and the need to improve our not so great record?
  • What does all this talk about Industry 4.0 and the IoT actually mean for you and your business?
  • Advanced Materials & High Tech Manufacturing. How to learn more and implement these.
  • Innovation is a fancy and very popular word but what qualifies as an innovative product? Who can help your business to become more innovative?

Register NOW! https://www.emex.co.nz/visitor-information/register/

 

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KIWI SME ROBOTIC AUTOMATION NOW A MUST NOT A MAYBE

3D_Render_DCP_-_High_Quality_-_CropChristchurch-based Design Energy is in somewhat of a unique situation. It has a product and service that most Kiwi businesses think they are too small for, but the stark reality is that if they put it in place they would forever wonder how they ever worked without it – robotic automation.

While the company provides for New Zealand’s larger producer it is increasingly seeing a meeting of ways between smaller businesses and the robotic technology beginning to serve them.

The company’s founder and managing director Mike Shatford says that manufacturing automation is now intrinsic in other parts of the world, but in comparison New Zealand lags far behind in terms uptake albeit not through its own fault.

“New Zealand has not historically been able to deploy automation/robotics due to our smaller production volumes and therefore not the target for the type of automated systems that have been available that required a mass production scale for efficiencies,” Mike tells Engineering News.

But, he says, the robotic automation landscape that’s now available on the home front has changed due to this massive global uptake. And with that opportunity knocks for many SMEs.

“The scale of industry and demand is driving robot cost down and capability of technology upwards,” he says.

But leaving the train station late has put us behind at all stops.

“Due to that historic inability to automate, mainly due to required scale, we are also missing skillsets within industry. Where large countries have had continuous use, experience, learning as automation technology progressed – our engineers, accountants, maintenance people are not as knowledgeable with robotics,” Mike explains. He says this flows through again to not knowing how to use them efficiently or even how to maintain them.

Measuring and justifying the benefits of robotic automation is where Design Energy steps in, in terms or having the products, implementing the systems and tweaking the efficiency on a case-by-case nature.

Design Energy has analysed New Zealand’s business terrain and through that it has isolated where robotics automation can benefit Kiwi manufacturing the most. Large scale manufacturing, perhaps surprisingly to many, did not come out at the top of the list.

“New Zealand has a unique business infrastructure with a swag of SME’s – in fact, over 97% of New Zealand businesses are classified as SMEs according to MBIE,” Mike tells Engineering News.

It’s here, he says, because “they are the majority of our producers,” where the company now believes it can offer its services best.

“They don’t need the speed, they need the flexibility. It’s also harder to get a return on investment as SMEs are making smaller quantities, so it takes a level of expertise to first off, evaluate if robotic automation technology will benefit them, then if so, and many will be very surprised to find out that in most cases the answer is ‘yes’, install, train and work with the customer to make huge gains in efficiencies and most importantly greater profit.”

He says robotics automation should be nothing to fear.

Design Energy, under the AutoMATE brand, has been a national provider of robotic automation hardware (robot sales) and solutions (turn-key’s, training, service) for the past decade. Mike and his team know the local automation terrain well.

“In contrast to many industrial technology resellers we have built a complete offering around robots – we can supply a robot, training, servicing, but many New Zealand users do not have the skills in-house to deploy robotics so we can step in to provide a turn-key solution. The fact that we can turn out a fully integrated and commissioned system stands testament to our technical knowledge and capability. Building a one-off machine that works first time – no second tries here – requires an extremely talented team,” says Mike.

The company’s customers are reassured in knowing that this level of capability and support is available in country, whereas non-practicing resellers will “refer you to a chapter in a manual or ‘go back to the manufacturer’ for advice”.

“The team at Design Energy has over 100 years of automation experience to draw from. As we compete on world markets with our Kiwi-made products we must get in synch with automation – our relatively high cost of labour and distance to markets mean that we must produce our goods with the latest, most efficient means availabl

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GLOBAL STAINLESS KNUCKLES DOWN TO THE JOB

Knuckling tank end disc to 40 radius. Various knuckling rollers up to 200mm.

Knuckling tank end disc to 40 radius. Various knuckling rollers up to 200mm.

Global Stainless has realised the exceptional value that it can give to tank and vessel fabricators by taking on the tricky but rewarding knuckling service of radius forming the edges of domes and cones.

Lincoln Raikes, managing director of Global Stainless Industrial and Global Stainless Artworks says, “Our tank fabricator customers base just keeps growing when people hear about the range of service and the quality we achieve in our knuckled domes just gets better”.

“It takes a lot of skill to operate a knuckling machine and perform a ripple free knuckle at the exact diameter so that it fits perfectly to a tank cylinder,” Mr Raikes says.

Most of Global Stainless’ new work comes through word of mouth advertising when fabricators hear it can guarantee that correct circumference before the domes or cone is even made, which means the fabricator can start making the tank before the dome arrives.

80mm knuckle radius on large mild steel domes.

80mm knuckle radius on large mild steel domes.

Global Stainless knuckle either domes or cones supplied by its customers offering 10 different knuckle radii from 10 to 200mm radius.

It also specialises in double curved forming in stainless steel and mild/carbon steels. These include: torispherical and hemispherical domes, hemispheres for pharmaceutical manufacturing vessels, stainless steel spheres for industrial applications (pressure or vacuum), mirror polished stainless steel spheres for art, mild steel/carbon steel spheres for industrial applications (pressure or vacuum), long radius-large diameter S/S rolled and fabricated bends, mild steel / carbon steel domes, stainless steel dished ends, aluminium dished ends, copper dished ends, teat spray/sprayer tanks, pressure vessel heads, tank heads, tank ends, pipe end caps, dished heads, ASME and AS1210 heads and bulk milk dairy cooling vats.

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METCO: WELLINGTON-BASED BUT WITH A GLOBAL ATTITUDE

Metco_Quadrant_dr-(1)Wellington-based Metco Engineering’s international reputation is something the company is extremely proud of says company director Paul Jessup.

“From Antarctica to China, we specialise in providing a complete five-star engineering package,” he says of the company that is able to do it all in-house – from initial consultation and concept design right through to the production and transportation of the finished product.

And since the Rt. Hon. John Key opened Metco’s newest premises last year, staff and management have made every post a winner and now provide a service level that they describe as second to none.

“The capabilities of our staff and equipment combined with the breadth of our services makes us unique and a market leader within our industry,” says Mr Jessup.

The mantra is simple: no job is too big.

And to keep strong to the philosophy, Metco Engineering makes sure it continually invests in its staff and equipment so that any job that enters its doors can be met with the necessary level of expertise to ensure customers’ expectations are not just met but exceeded.

Such investment in the future can be seen with the recent installation of the new Trumpf TruLaser 3030 laser cutting machine.

The machine is capable of unmanned, automated operation which results in a highly cost-effective production process. The state-of-the-art German machine has the capacity to cut steel up to 25mm thick, and with its automation Metco Engineering can have the unit run in long shifts.

It’s part of a full end-to-end sheet metal service.

“We provide intelligent manufacturing solutions,” says Mr Jessup. “Our philosophy is to create a partnership with our clients. We provide precision engineering but in a unique way which puts together the best of our client’s ideas with ours to create a ‘co-makership’ synergy.”

Mr Jessup believes collaborative partnerships are critical to the company’s success. He says that Metco’s relationship with Colin Brown and Aotea Machinery – through the supply of quality Trumpf machinery, service and advice – fits perfectly with internal standards and philosophies. It’s a case of ‘like’ doing business with ‘like’ working wonders.

The Trumpf machines fits in perfectly with the heights of quality that Metco sets itself.

The 4kWh TruLaser 3030 laser cutter with CO2 lasers combines high performance with cut quality that is of the highest standard. The TruFlow laser, which is robust and reliable, will create extremely smooth cutting edges that generally do not require post-processing. Due to compact machine dimensions and a simple operating concept, the TruLaser 3030 is the perfect overall package for the production of laser-cut parts – a perfect fit for Metco.

Because of this and other high spec machines, the company can create cost-efficient products using outside-the-square techniques that most haven’t thought of – “possibly at lower cost than China… without all the hassles”.

“We can fabricate any steel, aluminium, brass, copper, or plastic components to precise specifications. You’d be surprised at the consumer-grade finish we can achieve with our state-of-the-art fibre laser, paint line, process automation, and quality control system.”

By managing everything seamlessly in-house, Metco makes it easy and flexible for its clients to get the quantities they want… when they want and need them.

Today, the business is a far cry from where it began in 1971.

“With the right foundations in place of technology, processes, and know-how, the company is looking to grow its product diversity, production volumes, and client base,” says Mr Jessup.

“We are expanding its international market with a full service complement. We will continue to invest in cutting edge capabilities so that Metco offers a truly competitive edge in today’s engineering industry.”

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CATCH A TRAIN TO THE FUTURE

 

Schaeffler’s Drive Train 4.0 digital services are easily accessible and increase system availability

Schaeffler’s Drive Train 4.0 digital services are easily accessible and increase system availability

Schaeffler’s latest EcoSystem for monitoring motors and drives

A world leader in industrial bearing technologies, Schaeffler, is introducing to Australia and New Zealand its latest condition monitoring and predictive maintenance technologies that use advanced digital services to look into the future of motors and drives.

Schaeffler Drive Train 4.0 – part of the Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem suite of digitally integrated products – expands conventional condition monitoring approaches by linking diverse digital information sources into a single platform with new options for increased efficiency, machinery lifespan and sustainability, reduced downtime, reduced energy use and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Schaeffler’s Drive Train 4.0 links existing technology with new digital services to take a big step further into the digitalised production and machine monitoring of the future,” says Mark Ciechanowicz, industrial services manager, Schaeffler Australia.

Drive Train 4.0 is the product of extensive research and development of the global Schaeffler organisation which employs more than 86,000 people globally, including more than 6,000 at 16 research and development centres dedicated to high-performance, low-maintenance bearing technology. Schaeffler’s 170 locations in 50 countries include long-established Australasian operations whose capabilities include new system engineering, refurbishment and extensive technical support for systems such as Drive Train 4.0.

Drive Train 4.0’s latest innovations include two newly-developed micro services, which focus on optimum machine capacity, longer machine operating times, data-based predictive maintenance, and reduced overall operating costs, says Mr Ciechanowicz. The new micro services include the calculation of rolling bearings’ nominal remaining useful life during operation based on real load spectra, and automated rolling bearing diagnostics with the FAG SmartCheck vibration analysis system. Both services connect to the Schaeffler cloud, where the corresponding big data and software solutions are implemented. Software installations on the end devices of customers are not required; an internet browser and a network connection are sufficient.

The new technology was showcased at the most recent Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, where it was reviewed by the Managing Director of Schaeffler Australia, Mr Andre Kluge, for suitability to diverse Australasian industries where downtime is costly, and maintenance is expensive and poorly performing machinery wastes time and energy.

Applications include bulk handling and conveyor applications, mining and energy; building, construction and access equipment installations, such as forklifts and logistics; food and beverage and agribusiness processes, including paper and packaging; manufacturing, metals and process engineering, transport and industrial motor and transmission applications, including pumping and HVAC installations and utilities including electricity, water and waste water.

Technology exhibited at Hannover Messe and particularly relevant to Australasian industry comprised an engine, clutch, and transmission designed to represent a wide range of drives in all performance classes. The latest generation of the FAG SmartCheck single-channel vibration analysis system, the FAG DTect X1s multi-channel vibration analysis system, the FAG Concept2 automatic lubricator, the FAG WearDebrisCheck – an oil particle counter – and the FAG Xeleris torque measurement module are integrated into the drive. An outstanding characteristic of the innovative torque measurement module is that the sensor system does not affect the torsion rigidity of the drive train as the mechanical properties of the drive shaft are not affected. The dynamic behaviour of the drive remains unchanged.

Drive Train 4.0 is part of the Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem, which is attuned to the digital revolution and the linking of components and systems that increase the efficiency of machines and equipment.

maintenancegraphiccloseupSchaeffler Smart EcoSystem

Schaeffler is shaping the digital transformation with a clear vision and specific solutions highly relevant to Australian industry, says Mr Ciechanowicz. With Smart EcoSystem, Schaeffler is offering a consistent hardware and software infrastructure – from sensorised components to digital services and business models. Objectives include:

 Obtaining important data for process control and machine monitoring, providing dependability and precision with sensors and mechatronic products.

 Making use of Schaeffler’s unique global domain know-how, in the form of digital services, in order to automatically generate relevant information from the gathered data and to receive specific recommendations for action.

 Profiting from digital solutions such as Drive Train 4.0, which is one of many solutions, including those for machine tools, railway, or wind applications.

• And to use them specifically for controlling processes, maximizing availability and optimising product quality.

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GOUGH INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS PARTNERS WITH SANY

GoughThe Gough Group has signed an exclusive dealership agreement for Sany concrete equipment in New Zealand and Australia as part of the creation of a new business unit, Gough Industrial Solutions.

This is part of the evolution of Gough Engineering to Gough Industrial Solutions.

Ho Hogg, business manager – concrete products, says that the creation of the new business unit and signing of the agreement was both an exciting and natural progression for the Gough Group.

It will enable our team to offer leading-edge 360-degree solutions to the local concrete and infrastructure industries.

“Gough Engineering was well-established as leaders in the truck concrete mixer segment with a reputation for superior technology, operator-friendliness, reliability, precision and safety, and this now carries over to Gough Industrial Solutions.

“Sany shares these attributes and we’re proud to deliver and support these solutions for the benefit of the New Zealand industry,” says Mr Hogg.

Sany is described as a world-leading supplier of concrete machinery delivering exceptional quality in performance, ease-of-operation, adaptability, efficiency and reliability. Its range of truck-mounted concrete pumps, trailer pumps, line pumps, placing booms, truck mixers, batching plants and mortar pumps deliver quality and safety in demanding environments throughout the world.

“Sany is the world number one concrete machinery manufacturer. Currently it has 25 manufacturing bases and over 100 offices and 8000 suppliers worldwide. In China, Sany has established six industry parks and has global R&D centres and manufacturing bases in the US, Germany, India and Brazil. Sany’s products are exported to 150 countries and regions worldwide.”

Gough Industrial Solutions operates bases in Christchurch, Auckland and Melbourne with sales and technical support available nationally.

“For the industry, this partnership between Gough Industrial Solutions and Sany will deliver exceptional local expertise, global technology and lifetime support and parts back-up. To this end, we have recently welcomed two new team-members from Sany to support product locally.

“For our customers, this new partnership will assist in maximising productivity and profits while eliminating unnecessary cost in their businesses long term,” he says.

Gough Industrial Solutions is a member of Gough Group, New Zealand and Australia’s leading value-added solutions provider to the infrastructure, mining, forestry, transport, and power system industries.

As a privately owned New Zealand business, the Gough Group draws on a rich heritage stretching back over 80 years. In partnership with their global supply partners and longstanding customer relationships they’ve built a reputation for quality and integrity.

 

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KONECRANES INTRODUCES COMPLIANCE GAP ANALYSIS

Konecranes

Regulatory compliance and best maintenance practices are crucial in optimising the safety, performance, reliability and efficiency of overhead cranes vital to major manufacturing, materials handling, mining, food and beverage and other material handling applications, but when there are several different programmes across multiple sites, it can be difficult to see if anything is missing.

To search for and fill any compliance gaps in maintenance programmes, Konecranes is introducing to Australasia its Compliance Gap Analysis service, where a qualified trained Inspector will thoroughly evaluate all aspects of a programme, including inspection methods and documentation, preventative maintenance, repair processes and operator safety.

“Konecranes’ Compliance Gap Analysis is designed to identify if any gaps exist in your current maintenance program using information from all applicable OEM documents and overhead material handling standards,” says Joseph Cefai, consultation services manager, Konecranes Australia and New Zealand.

Konecranes draws on its experience as the world’s largest crane service organisation – with over 450,000 pieces of equipment across all makes and models under service worldwide – to provide an expert opinion on whether a company’s current crane operations and maintenance practices are aligned with applicable OEM, regulatory requirements and best practices.

“Our aim is to provide a holistic view of the current situation and find key gaps that may have otherwise been overlooked, despite best intentions,” says Mr Cefai.

A typical process involves three key steps:

An on-site meeting with safety, maintenance and operations representatives, plus any other associated departments or personnel, where information-gathering methods are explained and questions about the analysis method are answered.

A comprehensive review of the facility, where the Konecranes Inspector studies key processes that typically include inspection practices, pre-shift checklists, and corrective maintenance procedures.

A findings review, conducted in person with key stakeholders, where safety-critical items are prioritised and other professional recommendations are made. Information is treated in commercial confidence.

“Compliance Gap Analysis can be a useful tool for safety and maintenance managers seeking to employ best practice and standards compliance, because it gives an external expert opinion and covers all aspects of inspection, service and maintenance simultaneously,” says Mr Cefai.

Compliance Gap Analysis is part of a broader suite of Konecranes services, including RailQ runway analysis, RopeQ wire rope inspection and CraneQ crane geometry survey.

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