Damen Anchor and Chain Factory (AKF) in the Dutch city of Schiedam has completed the refurbishment of 12 giant lifting hooks for Tata Steel, also based in the Netherlands. The hooks are used to lift the large crucibles that carry and pour out molten iron and steel in foundries.
AKF dismantled, inspected and repaired the hooks (where required). They were then reassembled, realigned and riveted - creating a single, solid structure. Manganese sleeve bearings were then pressed into the arms, Hardox steel plates welded on to the lifting areas and rubbing plates welded on to protect them from damage.
“Our ability to handle heavy-industry projects such as this demonstrates the capabilities that we have at AKF,” said general manager Laurens van Gelder.
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