Overhead crane and hoist manufacturer Ace World Companies has received an order for a custom hot metal ladle crane with three hoists from Nucor Steel Kankakee in Illinois.
The 175/35/15 US ton (159/32/14 tonne) capacity crane will have a 70 foot (21 metre) span, 460 VAC power supply and meet Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) duty classification F. CMAA Class F covers continuous severe service and is reserved for top riding bridge and gantry type multiple girder electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes capable of handling loads approaching rated capacity throughout their life.
Ace recently supplied two other cranes to Nucor’s Jewett, Texas site, having already installed additional units across its large operations. The latest order, the first for the Kankakee mill, 113 km south of Chicago, is scheduled for installation over a two-week period in August 2017.
Kevin Beavers, who oversaw the sales process at Ace, said, “Our partnership with Nucor is growing every year as we continue to supply more Ace product to their steel operations. It is a relationship we value highly. The latest order is for a crane that will require extensive custom engineering, highlighted by the requirement for three hoists. It will demonstrate our ability to meet the requirements of the most demanding lifting applications.”
Beavers added that the crane would have redundant reeving and a shock absorbing wire rope system, in addition to a state-of-the-art ergonomic cab and operator’s chair. It will be covered by a service and maintenance contract.
Nucor Steel Kankakee is a producer of rebar, merchant bar products, including rounds, flats and angle.