An advanced new Hyosung manufacturing plant supplying critical components for India’s electrical power distribution grid is using Konecranes lifting technology to help ensure outstanding safety, efficiency and reliability.
The state-of-the-art facility in the Khed City Economic Zone near Pune produces high-voltage gas-insulated switch gear, transformers, circuit breakers and other related components using the latest lean manufacturing technology to contribute to the government’s ‘Make in India’ program.
Hyosung says the new plant– which is 30 per cent more space-efficient than typical older plants – is purpose-built to make a massive contribution in enhancement of electrical transmission efficiency and reliability for the Power Grid Corporation of India.
The 20 CXT overhead Konecranes of 5-20 tonnes and the eight 3.2 tonnes Wall Travelling Cranes installed at the Pune plant were all manufactured in India to deliver the safety, accuracy and reliability vital to their role of assembling GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear) up to 800 kV, including the critical task of accurately joining major assemblies before SF6 gas insulation gas is introduced.
The Konecranes e-Ton (economy per ton) semi-modular cranes involved are from a new Konecranes India range of winch cranes of 5-50 tonnes capacity, which are based on Konecranes’ decades of experience on the sub-continent producing low-maintenance, highly cost-efficient and ergonomic cranes with outstanding Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) benefits.
Hyosung’s cranes feature variable speed performance to provide the smooth starting, stopping and precision performance required to achieve the standards of performance needed to service the needs of the Power Grid Corporation of India.
Everything in the plant is keyed to the safety, precision and reliability standards of product manufacture and supply required by the Power Grid Corporation, says the Plant’s Director and Head of Operation, S.C. Shin.
He designed the plant to be a model of efficiency in building and delivering quality switchgear as and when needed by the customer, using the highest standards of local production to ensure product is available when and where it is needed.
“If the customer has a need for product to solve problem in the grid, a supplier can’t take days to respond to their needs. The customer needs a local supplier who can respond to their needs to maintain the integrity of the grid,” said Shin.
The new Hyosung plant achieves its objectives through thorough planning and development of a purpose-built plant that is among the best in the Hyosung worldwide group, which, with revenues of more than $US17 billion a year, spans 50 bases in Asia, America and Europe with customers in 130 countries.