SANY is coming and in a big way

Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer SANY Heavy Industries has been supplying equipment into the Australian crane sector for some time. Crane performance and customer feedback has been relayed to the factory in China to assist in the product development program and SANY is now ready for a major push into the market. Cranes and Lifting reports. Read more

Zoomlion opens major tower crane smart factory

Chinese equipment manufacturer Zoomlion has officially opened what is says is the world’s largest tower crane smart factory.

Zoomlion began construction of the factory in 2016 and invested around AUD $160 million in an aim to become first-class in China and advanced in the world, abiding by Industry 4.0 standards.

The facility is a four in one tower crane smart factory, with intelligent application, logistics and inspection technology, while being environmentally friendly.

There are more than 12 automated production lines, 10,000 sensors, 100 industrial robots, 35 unmanned vehicles, and 16 processing centres with an integrated manufacturing execution system (MES) to improve efficiency.

The MES system consists of four levels, a production line and equipment layer, production management and control layer, system data layer and decision support layer.

One standard section is manufactured every 10 minutes, with one lifting arm produced every 90 minutes on average.

Three new types of smart product were also launched at the opening of the factory, the T6515, T6250 and T7525 flat-top tower cranes, manufactured from the production line in the smart factory

The opening of the tower crane smart factory also marks the start of the company’s 10 billion project, where ZOOMLION will strives to double its sales in 2019, helped by the new smart factory.

Palfinger has revealed its financial results for the year so far, reporting a 10 per cent increase in revenue, with a record-breaking target in sight.

Dana acquires SME Group

Dana Incorporated has completed its acquisition of SME Group which designs, engineers and manufactures low voltage motors and inverters for construction, materials handling and agriculture vehicles.

SME’s low-voltage AC induction and synchronous reluctance motors, inverters and controls are primarily designed to meet the evolution of electrification in off-highway equipment.

US-based Dana expects the acquisition of SME Group, headquartered in Arzignano, Italy, will significantly expand its electrified product portfolio.

Dana CEO, Jim Kamsickas, said the acquisition enhances Dana’s ability to address the electrification and hybridisation needs of its customers, while also increasing the potential for incremental content per vehicle.

“SME’s exceptional electric motor and inverter products, which largely support off-highway applications, are highly complementary to the technologies we acquired with TM4, which are predominately focused on light- and commercial-vehicle applications,” Kamsickas said.

Dana Chief Technology Officer, Christophe Dominiak, said Dana is equipped to provide complete e-Propulsion systems that balance the demands for performance, power density and weight.

“The addition of SME’s low-voltage induction motors rounds out our already robust offering of high-voltage permanent magnet motors and enables us to deliver a complete range of electrified solutions for our customers,” Dominiak says.

The privately-owned SME Group employs more than 100 people and operates in China, Germany, Canada and Italy.

Dana expects to further strengthen its electrification capabilities through the anticipated acquisition of the Drive Systems segment of the Oerlikon group, which the company said in a release will allow it to provide products for a broad range of hybrid and electric vehicle configurations. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.