Clearview National November 2015 - Issue 168 - Page 76

glass&sealedunits KEEPING GLASS PRODUCTION RUNNING »»The chance of unplanned downtime and accidents in the glass manufacturing industry has been cut with new wire rope scanning technology from SCX. Lifting equipment plays a crucial role throughout the glass manufacturing process and requires maximum efficiency and durability whilst operating in arduous conditions. Faulty equipment could lead to operational downtime, injuries or far worse. Advanced crane diagnostics from SCX could reduce the chance of unplanned downtime and accidents resulting from defective lifting equipment used in glass manufacturing. Until now it has been impossible to see inside a crane’s wire ropes without cutting through and permanently destroying them – which is clearly not a viable option. With glass being a fragile product and the industry recognised as hazardous in many of its processes, it is vital to ensure all aspects of glass production are safe and reliable. The new Wire Rope NDT (NonDestructive Testing) service uses magnetic flux technology to enable a full cross-section inspection of the whole length of a crane’s wire ropes – thus identifying a problem in time to take preventative action. Ray Fletcher, Director of Street CraneXpress (SCX) said: “We have already worked with some glass manufacturers to prevent a potential problem after NDT scans revealed unexpected deterioration. They require their glass products to be handled in safe and efficient way that does not cause strain on their distribution system. With more than 40 years experience in operating Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) programmes for cranes within this industry, we know exactly what is required.” Ray emphasizes that early diagnosis is especially important in the glass manufacturing industry as equipment deteriorates much faster because of the crane’s continuous usage – and because unplanned downtime can be so expensive. “Delivering excellence at every opportunity” Manufacturer of specialist double glazed units Tel: 01344 350674 www.ocularglass.co.uk 76 » N OV 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M