Asian leader SCG’s Thai Cane Paper draws on Konecranes safety and maintenance expertise in avoiding accidents and downtime in 24-hour plant

Thai Cane Paper's plant at Kanchanaburi
Thai Cane Paper’s plant at Kanchanaburi where Konecranes cranes are used in the production of more than 100,000 tons of product a year. Mr Somkieat Dumthong from the plant’s Mechanical Maintenance section (foreground) stresses the importance of safety when loading cranes.

A major operation of the biggest manufacturer of high quality packing paper in South East Asia is drawing on the maintenance expertise of Konecranes to help maintain outstanding safety standards and avoid downtime during its 24/7 operation.

SCG’s Thai Cane Paper Plant at Kanchanaburi, Thailand, has entered into an extended maintenance contract with Konecranes for 2015-2018 spanning Konecranes OEM equipment and cranes of diverse brands used in their key production process and in the green energy co-gen plant.

As the world’s largest crane service organization – with more than 450,000 pieces of equipment of all makes under service contract worldwide – Konecranes service contracts are widely employed applications including manufacturing, infrastructure, paper, cement and ports.

At Kanchanaburi, Konecranes also draws on its Asia-Pacific and global safety expertise to offer optimum hazard avoidance and to provide statutory compliance reports for the Kanchanaburi plant, which produces 118,000 tons of product a year.

“Konecranes works with our Mechanical and Electrical staff as a team to optimize production and safety,” said Mechanical Maintenance Section Supervisor Mr.Somkieat Dumthong.

Konecranes service staff – who are on 24 hour call to respond to issues within two hours – have invested time to thoroughly understand their customer’s business and technology so as to be able to respond rapidly to production needs. They are responsible for nine cranes of diverse makes and capacities from 5-35 tons used for key process functions, such as preparing raw material and handling the finished paper, including loading and unloading from the paper winders heavy paper rolls (up to 4m wide and 10 tons) at the end of the production line.

Thai Cane Paper's plant at Kanchanaburi
Remote control helps optimise safety at the paper winders

Kanchanaburi’s cranes – the latest of which include Konecranes CXT technology – are also involved in maintenance and handling of waste and recycling material at the plant, which generates 10 per cent of its own energy needs through its integrated co-generation plant fed by waste product.

“We had too many types of cranes before and too many suppliers of services,” said Mr.Somkieat. “Now, with Konecranes as a single supplier, we can focus best on our key priorities, such as preparation of raw material, avoidance of breakdowns and safety.”

“In addition to being a supplier of OEM technology, and a knowledgeable advisor on the most suitable advanced crane technologies, Konecranes is the source of spare parts for all the cranes, which is very important.

“Konecranes also assists us with our statutory safety compliance reporting, because safety is very important.”

Mr. Somkieat Dumthong with one of the latest Konecranes
Mr. Somkieat Dumthong with one of the latest Konecranes

Konecranes operates under a global safety “Hooked on Safety” ethos which says that, at Konecranes, there is no job so important and no service so urgent that we cannot take the time to perform our work safely and correctly. We want our people and our customers returning home safely each and every night, says the company.

Konecranes (Thailand) Ltd. Mr.Kanokphong Bussayadilok says the company’s inspections and preventive maintenance provided as part of its maintenance contracts offer an accurate assessment of the condition of equipment. They evaluate risks, identify improvement opportunities and provide recommendations – “An active preventive maintenance program is crucial to improving safety and productivity, while our vast experience and expertise allow us to tailor preventive maintenance to each manufacturer’s recommendations,”

Lifecycle care

Konecranes comprehensive maintenance is based on its Lifecycle Care concept, which is a systematic, consistent, comprehensive and professional approach to maintenance, supported by world-class tools and processes.

Highest Lifecycle Value results from maximizing the productivity of uptime in addition to minimizing the cost of downtime. We believe merely keeping your cranes running is not sufficient. We must also help you achieve the highest productivity during every shift. We aim to deliver measurable improvements in safety and productivity that can be reported and reviewed, demonstrating a return on investment to you.

Our crane experts apply a systematic Risk and Recommendation Method of evaluation and a consultative, planning and review process to drive continuous improvement in safety and productivity.

  • Inspections and preventive maintenance identify risks, improvement opportunities and support compliance.
  • Corrective maintenance and retrofits address safety and productivity issues and capitalize on improvement opportunities.
  • Consultation services guide decision making, uncover critical issues and maximize your return on investment.
  • Modernization services prolong the economic service life of equipment.
  • New equipment for installations or replacing old equipment.

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