Despite additional and specialised engineering work being required, the Port Handling division of the EIE Group handed over a Konecranes 28-1200B heavy duty forklift truck in under three months since the order was officially placed in early March 2018 by the client, Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO). BPO, one of the largest providers of in-port logistics in South Africa, is a long-standing client of the EIE Group.
The machine was supplied as an outright purchase, with full maintenance, and was ordered for application at BPO’s Richards Bay operation in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. It offers a 28 ton lifting capacity, with a 4 m lift height. As the unit will be used inside ships, both for handling general cargo and for stevedoring applications, the unit was supplied with specialised “upside-down” forks. Stevedoring is highly specialised work with specific and challenging equipment requirements.
The state-of-the-art Konecranes range features a number of advanced features including the TruConnect fleet management system. This remote monitoring system enables the operator to track the real usage of the machines, providing an online view and PDF reports for scheduling maintenance and, consequently, improving the fleet’s uptime. Safety alerts on issues such as over-temperature, attempted overloads and emergency stops are delivered automatically by email or text message, notifying personnel of safety risk events.
The lift truck is also equipped with a tyre pressure monitor as under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by as much as 15%, while also impairing stability and drivability, and reducing tyre lifespan.
Featuring a removable counterweight and lifting lugs for picking up the unit to load into the vessel, the forklift truck features an enclosed cab for maximum operator protection. Offering both spaciousness and superior all-around visibility, the cab also has other valuable, user-friendly features such as the touchscreen display for the electronic machine control monitoring and diagnostic system.
“This latest contract builds on a well-established relationship between the EIE Group and BPO, with the EIE Group being responsible for servicing, maintaining and repairing all of BPO’s heavy lift truck equipment,” commented Gary Neubert, EIE Group’s CEO. “Through our commitment to delivering optimal life-time value to our customers, we have focused on building a long-term partnership with BPO, responding with urgency to their queries and sharing knowledge on repairing units and components that are specially built for this client’s operation.”
“As a trusted total solutions supplier, we believe that the service we provide to BPO is unmatched by our competitors and that it played a significant part in this latest order having been awarded to the EIE Group.”
A best-in-class brand, Konecranes heavy-duty forklift trucks have been on the market for over 60 years, has proven to be highly adaptable to specialized material handling requirements. With such an extensive track record, Konecranes’ knowledge of its customers’ requirements has resulted in a forklift truck range with lifting capacities, features and attachments to accommodate the diversity of material handled and tasks performed by heavy industry customers.
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