In Mining, Solutions by Alisa Evans

Rebuilding is an economical alternative to extend a crane’s life. Cranes are completely rebuilt, from the bare frame to a new paint job.  Paterson Simons has facilities and engineering skills capable of rebuilding mobile hydraulic and lattice boom crawler cranes. The machine is completely disassembled to its frame and rebuilt with OEM new or remanufactured components. We offer an extensive selection of remanufactured parts through Manitowoc’s EnCORE program. All systems are updated, and new electrical harnesses, instruments, drive lines, hydraulic components and hoses are installed. Two coats of fresh paint are applied, new decals are applied, and, finally, all systems are tested.

Through the EnCORE partner program, the Paterson Simons subsidiary Pasico now offers a fully certified repair and refurbishment service for Manitowoc crawler cranes, Grove mobile cranes and National Crane boom trucks in Ghana.

Rugged terrain, tough working environments and demanding lifts means that cranes in Africa must endure more than most. John Traynor, managing director at Paterson Simons, believes EnCORE is the perfect solution for crane owners looking to extend the life of their cranes, rather than replace them.

“Cranes in Africa often have a hard life,” he says. “We can now offer a local and cost-effective solution that not only extends the service life of a crane, but ensures any repair and refurbishment work is done to the highest standards. We’ve been around for a long time and built our business around our customers – I’m confident that this new capability will help to develop our reputation even further.”

A rebuild from the field

Perseus Mining approached Paterson Simons almost a year ago to assess a Grove GMK and the likelihood of a rebuild.

Our recommendation was for them to buy a new one since this is an already old crane and even if we rebuild it, some parts will keep failing and it might cost them more on the long run. However the customer opted to rebuild. The crane was then moved from their site in Ayanfuri into a workshop next to the Pasico Takoradi office for work to begin.

Doing an assessment on a crane whose majority functions are no longer working was a challenge as we could not thoroughly test the crane. Eventually a full picture of the crane’s state emerged and our team are in the process of overhauling it.