U.S. Steel Companies Rely on P&H(R) Hot Metal Cranes for Increased Production

Sep 12, 2005, 01:00 ET from Morris Material Handling

    MILWAUKEE, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A contract for two 200-ton P&H(R)
 overhead cranes for hot metal charge and ladle service has been awarded to
 Morris Material Handling by TAMCO Steel of Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  The new
 cranes will replace two aging cranes and will enable TAMCO to increase steel
 production output through reduced downtime and faster speeds.
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     The severe duty CMAA Class F cranes are being designed with 80 foot spans,
 74 foot lifts and will be operated manually from an enclosed, insulated and
 air conditioned operator's cab or by remote radio control.  Each crane will
 have three hoists, a 200-ton main hoist for the hot metal ladle, a 60-ton
 auxiliary hoist for pouring, and a 25-ton maintenance hoist.  The main hoist
 and 60-ton aux. hoist will be provided with DC variable voltage control.  The
 25-ton aux. hoist, bridge and trolley motions will be provided with P&H
 Smartorque(R) AC adjustable frequency controls.  All controls will be mounted
 in an air conditioned, walk-in control house.  Each crane at shipment will
 weigh in excess of 400,000 lbs.
     Included in this turnkey operation is the removal and disposal of the
 existing cranes, the installation of the new cranes and an operator and
 maintenance training package provided by the P&H Institute.  Manufacturing and
 engineering for this order will be completed at Morris' facilities in
 Wisconsin and Ohio, with field installation by Morris' national installation
 crew.  Shipment is scheduled for July 2006.
     TAMCO is a steel mini-mill that recycles ferrous scrap metal into concrete
 reinforcing bars (rebar).  TAMCO produces over 500,000 tons of rebar annually.
 Tokyo Steel, Ameron International and Mitsui & Company jointly own TAMCO.
     In addition to the TAMCO Steel order Morris Material Handling has
 supported the steel industry rebound during the past year, providing critical
 hot metal cranes and modernizations, including these major orders:
     --  NUCOR STEEL, Decatur Alabama -- Capacity upgrades were performed on
         two Steel Mill Melt Shop Cranes in March 2005.  The CMAA Class E, 80'
         span cranes were increased to 270-ton capacities from 240-ton
         capacities.  The furnace at Nucor can now be charged in a single pass.
     --  CHARTER STEEL, Cleveland, Ohio -- Four new cranes will be supporting
         the steel mill melt shop at Charter Steel before the end of the year.
         Included in this order are: two 200-ton capacity, CMAA Class F hot
         metal ladle and charge cranes, a 30-ton capacity Billet Handling
         Crane, and a 15-ton capacity Caster Service Crane.  All will use the
         extremely reliable P&H Static Stepless controls that will be enclosed
         in an insulated and air-conditioned control house.
     --  NUCOR STEEL, Crawfordsville, Indiana -- A new CMAA Class F, Hot Metal
         Ladle Crane is being delivered in October 2005.  This massive
         260/150/25-ton capacity P&H crane has a 75' span, will sit over 8
         stories above the floor, and will weigh more can 700,000 lbs at
         shipment.  It is the largest AC Ladle crane operated by adjustable
         frequency control in the U.S.
     Morris Material Handling is a leading international provider of overhead
 traveling cranes, gantry cranes, hoists and winches for industrial and other
 applications, with operations based in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Chile and
 builds cranes under the P&H brand trademark.  Morris Material Handling is also
 a leading provider of inspections, service, modernizations, training and parts
 for all brands of cranes and hoists.

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