ABUS Overhead Cranes supplied and installed at Africa Steel and Tube in South Africa

Morris Cranes, a Division of Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned South African company and the sub-Saharan agent of ABUS Kransysteme GmbH has supplied and installed lifting equipment at Africa Steel and Tube in Johannesburg, South Africa (www.africasteeltube.co.za).

Africa Steel and Tube (Pty) Ltd is a recently established steel tube manufacturer specialising in precision drawn steel tubing (round, square, regular and tubing and lip channel). Located in Alrode, Johannesburg, on a 40 000m² site, as specialists in the industry their priority is to focus on and understand what their customers’ unique requirements are and ensure they meet these requirements through effectively managing their customers’ expectations and requests.

High quality service performance and delivery are key when dealing with the team at Africa Steel and Tube.

Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) Ltd and ABUS are proud to have been involved with Africa Steel and Tube in the establishing of their new factory and business entity.

The following lifting equipment was supplied and installed.

The following lifting equipment was supplied and installed.

The eleven EOT cranes supplied with a range of lifting capacities and spans are employed mainly in the three areas of production and storage. Six single girder EOT cranes of the ELK type with SWLs of 5 tonnes and spans between 24 and 25 metres are used to handle round and square tubes with relatively small diameters. Round tubes and square ones with larger diameters as well as lip channels or C rails are also transported by cranes of the ELK type; however, these have larger lifting capacities of 10 tonnes and their spans range between 23 and 25 metres. One feature common to all these cranes is that they have welded box girders that are resistant to torsion. Cranes designed as single girder cranes with 10 tonnes SWL may have spans up to 27.5 metres.

The two biggest cranes of the lot, two double girder cranes of the ZLK type, with SWLs of 25 tonnes and spans of 25 metres and 32 tonnes and 23 metres respectively are operating in the area of coil handling. Double girder cranes with load capacities of 40 tonnes may reach spans of up to 40 metres. Different designs for the main girder installations for both single and double girder cranes allow the cranes to be optimally adapted to the building shapes and conditions.

Africa Steel and Tube will continue their objective to become the top service provider in Africa in terms of delivering essential capabilities of efficient and reliable service, quality assurance, marketing, logistics and finance.

Morris and ABUS wish the team at Africa Steel and Tube great success in their development in the tubing and steel industry.

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