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Efficient, reliable and accurate mechanical handling is critical in any aluminium plant. As part of a major plant upgrade, Alcan Packaging at Bridgenorth have invested half a million pounds over the last two years in seven advanced overhead cranes from Street Crane Company.

New orders include five cranes with a total value of £200,000. These comprise four double girder cranes of five to 16 tonnes for intensive production use and one single girder five tonne crane for maintenance work. All production cranes have special coil grabs, inverter control on long and cross travel for handling stability, and also radio control for safety and convenience. The 16 tonne unit in the separator and annealing bay is rated M7 for intensive use. This has a heavy duty TVX hoist for assured performance, along with approach alarms and special limit switches for safety.

Early phases of the project saw the installation of two 16 tonne double girder semi-goliath cranes. Fitted with ultra compact crabs, the cranes handle foil coils of 12 tonnes and up to two metres in diameter. An automated load positioning system gives precise load location without coil damage. These advanced specification cranes represented an original investment of £250,000.

Street have a substantial reputation within the aluminium industry world-wide. Dubai Aluminium use 11 Street cranes at their Jebail Ali smelt complex where they are in continuous use in a harsh environment. Other notable users within the industry include Aluminium Bahrain and Alcan Highland Smelters in Fort William.

More information: Keith Rainford, Street Crane Co Ltd, Tel. +44 (0)1298 812456, Fax. +44 (0)1298 814945 E-mail: Web:

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