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Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) LTD


ArcelorMittal Awards Morris tender for 100 Ton crane

Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) LTD, Southern Africa's largest crane company, plays a crucial role in the supply and manufacturing of equipment for industrial applications.

Providing electric overhead travelling cranes, wire rope hoists, jib cranes, chain hoists, and accessories, Morris has established a reputation for its professional expertise in design, fabrication, and assembly of light, medium, and heavy-duty lifting products.

Additionally, through its dedicated service division, known as Crane Aid, the company ensures the continuous operation and safety of lifting equipment. Crane Aid offers services such as maintenance, load testing, and refurbishment for all makes of cranes and hoists.

ArcelorMittal South Africa is the largest steel producer on the African continent. Headquartered in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. Production capacity is approx. 7 million tonnes of liquid steel per annum. The company supplies over 60% of the steel used in South Africa and exports the rest to sub-Saharan Africa. The 10,000 employees and contractors produce flat and long steel in hundreds of grades and specifications. Vanderbijlpark Works is one of the world’s largest inland operation steel mills and supplier of flat steel products in sub-Saharan Africa

In a testament to Morris Material Handling SA's engineering capabilities and commitment to excellence, the company was proudly awarded the tender to design, manufacture, and install a 100-ton engineered crane at the Vanderbijlpark Works.

This impressive crane, serial no M10284, was designed and built-in house at Morris's head office in Benoni, showcasing the company's commitment to innovation and quality. Morris employed the latest technologies and the highest quality components to create this engineering beast.

Crane M10284 is a 37-meter span double girder, heavy-duty slab handling crane equipped with an open winch-type hoist featuring dual, synchronized rope drums. It weighs in excess of 220 tons and is designed to handle varying sizes of slabs, with an impressive capacity of up to 100 tons. Operating at the Hot Strip Mill within Vanderbijlpark Works, this crane is crucial to the continued production of the mill.

To meet the demanding production requirements, the crane is designed to hoist at 9 meters per minute, cross travel at 70 meters per minute, and long travel at 100 meters per minute. The crane is controlled from a bridge-mounted cabin, ensuring precision and safety during operations.

The successful erection and commissioning of this engineered crane marks a significant milestone, as it has already proven its worth in enhancing production efficiency at Vanderbijlpark Works. Morris Material Handling SA's role in this project underscores its position as a leading force in the industrial equipment and overhead crane manufacturing industry in Southern Africa.

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