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Benefits of crane modernization

Konecranes technician works on overhead crane modernization

Crane modernization helps companies stay up-to-date as cranes age, design standards change and new safety regulations emerge.


By Cal Sproul, Modernizations and Advanced Service Manager


It’s clear that businesses need to make adjustments once cranes reach a certain point in the lifecycle, but it doesn’t always make financial sense to purchase entirely new systems. Crane manufacturers can examine old cranes to determine the needed updates to help companies maximize their investments, focusing on cost savings and total cost of ownership (TCO). Crane modernization extends crane life and helps with productivity, maintenance and operation safety.


Aging cranes can slow production and experience to unexpected downtime

Crane modernization ultimately helps companies lift more material, faster. As systems age, production can slow. Also, aging cranes may require more maintenance, whereas modernized cranes typically need less maintenance. Well-maintained and more productive systems help companies achieve a better return on their investment in the long-term, maximizing TCO. Further, modernizations keep in mind recent regulations and safety standards, which can help keep a company safe and compliant, thus decreasing the chance of liability.


Modernization starts with examination of existing structures and condition

Before performing a crane modernization, Konecranes will take an inventory of performance needs and examine the reliability of existing structures to prevent safety issues. Konecranes will also examine the condition of parts and recommend replacing those with the greatest wear and tear. Armed with this information, we will then recommend the most cost-efficient upgrades that keep in mind the existing materials and structure. Improvements are typically applied on-site in the shortest timeframe possible to minimize business disruption and downtime.

To make sure that Konecranes is the right manufacturer to perform your crane modernization, consider our company’s track record. Review our website for case study examples, which feature insights from other customers. With Konecranes, you get the benefits of a global company with local know-how and more than 100 years of experience.