Q Crane & Plant Hire Investment In Crawler Cranes
UK-based Q Crane & Plant Hire Ltd has taken delivery of its fourth Kobelco lattice boom crawler crane in 12 months. The new CKE 1350G, which has a maximum lifting capacity of 135 tonnes at 4.5m, is the second CKE 1350G to have been bought by Q Plant in the last 12 months.
Early year, Kobelco Cranes Europe officially handed over the first CKE 1350G to the company. This was followed by the purchase of two CKE 1100G lattice boom crawler cranes, which have a maximum lifting capacity of 110 tonnes at 3.6m, and, at the end of 2015, another CKE 1350G.
With its up to date technology and innovations The CKE 1350G is an extremely popular machine in high demand with both construction and crane rental companies across the whole of the European market
says Kobelco Cranes Europe Ltd.’s Sales Manager, Mark Evans.
Q Plant’s new CKE 1350G is currently working with another of the company’s CKE 1350Gs on the £431 million Mersey Gateway. This road bridge across the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal is being constructed by the Merseylink consortium of FCC Construcción, Kier Infrastructure & Overseas Limited and Samsung C&T Corporation.
The CKE 1350G is working with nine of our other crawler cranes performing various lifting operations on the project,
says Anthony Quinn, Managing Director at Q Crane & Plant Hire Ltd.
Another of our new CKE 1350Gs is working for the BAM Nuttall/Van Oord joint venture on its £75m contract at the Liverpool 2 deep-water container terminal. The cranes have been working 24/7 on various time sensitive operations to very strict deadlines.
Lend Lease is the main contractor on the £300 million terminal expansion for Peel Ports at Seaforth, which will allow some of the world’s largest container ships to use the river Mersey.
The majority of our lattice boom crawler cranes are Kobelco. We have purchased the F Series in the past and the new G Series is a good machine that’s allowing us to supply customers throughout the UK, where demand for 100 tonne capacity cranes and above is high at the moment, while at the same time making bigger inroads into the all-important London market.
We bought our first Kobelco crane in 1999. The engineering is fairly bullet proof and they’re not overly complicated to run. They are easy to move around too, with the breakdown and assembly very straight forward.
Q Plant’s Quinn is also impressed with the fuel efficiency and asset management afforded by Kobelco’s KCross remote operation management system, a new innovation for the G Series, which helps to maximise machine efficiency and uptime.
What has been of tremendous help in managing our fleet has been the addition of Kobelco’s KCross.
Machines fitted with the KCross system transmit working conditions, location and maintenance history to provide us with fact-based information that gives tremendous advantages for our asset management.
The KCross system is based on satellite mapped images, an internet connection and other means to remotely monitor a crane’s working condition and its location. This information is useful in planning maintenance schedules and providing guidance to operators, helping to ensure crane owners can maximise their fleet efficiency.
Using KCross it is possible to narrow down possible failure causes and more accurately, by remotely accessing the current and historical status of the machine, helping minimise downtime.