Second life for Potain tower crane
By Laura Hatton08 April 2014
A Manitowoc Encore facility in Pune, India, repaired a MCi 85 A Potain tower crane, after it suffered structural damage from 150 km/h winds during a cyclonic storm in Gurgaon, India.
The 5 tonne capacity MCi 85 A is owned by Arabtech Construction in India. It got damaged while working on the Raheja Revanta Project, a 56 storey building.
To carry out the repair work the MCi 85 A was transported 1,465 km from Gurgaon to Pune. At the Encore facility, structural repairs to the crane’s mast and cage, cathead, cabin, hoist winch and control panels were carried out, a spokesperson said. In addition, 50 metres of jib parts and the counter jib assembly were replaced.
Gurdeep Singh, Manitowoc Crane Care country head India, said, “This was a huge repair and refurbishment job but we completed it in a timely manner and kept costs to a minimum – we are delighted with the result. When major components are damaged, logistics costs increase because new parts need to be sourced from different factories. But the work was still far more cost effective than buying a new crane.”
Following the repair work, the Potain MCi 85 A was put back to work. It is working on a residential project in Gurgaon for main contractor Indiabulls.