Trolley wheel alignment

Most modern container cranes operate at high speed. Trolley traveling speeds up to 300 m/min are no longer exceptions. Together with the hoist movement, the trolley traveling motion is the most intensely used movement. On a track of less than 100 m, trolleys of modern container cranes easily travel over 10.000 km per year. The slightest misalignment of the steel wheels on steel rails has a major impact on the life time of the wheels and the rails. Accurate wheel alignment not only significantly slows down the wear process, but also strongly adds to the daily comfort of the crane operator, resulting in a completely different driving experience of the crane.

Development of the relevant international crane standards describing wheel alignment has come to a full stop in the seventies of last century. Until today, the same tolerances related to relatively slow overhead cranes are used for high speed trolleys of container cranes. The core lack of these dated standards is that they fail to describe good running behavior, rather than just providing a maximum steering angle per single wheel.

Over a period of four years, Langeveld Cranes B.V. has mathematically formalized the description of good trolley running behavior in a total of ten criteria. Integrating into a fully operational measurement system and software package, field experience was gained on numerous container cranes all over the world. This approach has led to extensive insight in the operational tolerances of the newly defined criteria, resulting in a trolley wheel alignment service product of unequalled competence.

These developments in the field of trolley wheel alignment have been recognized by the Dutch government, resulting in the acceptance into the Dutch S&O innovation program.

Our recent Projects

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  • P1060302-1

    Helsingborg, Sweden | Trolley wheel alignment

    December 2013. The project in Helsingborg, Sweden, consisted of the exchange of all four trolley wheels, followed by a complete alignment procedure. Driving by service van from The Netherlands, all tools, jacks and alignment equipment was shipped to Sweden for this short notice service intervention.

  • Zhen Hua 26, 14-1-2014, nr.8

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Consultancy services ECT Delta Terminal

    2012-2013. Langeveld Project Management B.V. has delivered consultancy engineering services in the procurement process of 5 Super Post Panamax cranes for ECT Delta in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Besides a complete check of all the calculations and drawings of the Chinese crane builder ZPMC, a separate calculation model was made of the cranes, enabling a full check of the steel structures. The cranes were built and shipped fully erect from Shanghai to Rotterdam.

  • P1060648

    Cotonou, Benin | Trolley wheel alignment

    November 2013. Trolley alignment services were provided on site in Cotonou, Benin, on two newly delivered container cranes for the Bolloré-Group, Africa Logistics.

  • P1060558

    Manzanillo, Mexico | Crane weight measurement

    October 2013. The weight measurement of a container crane is of paramount importance to many parties. Both the crane builder as well as the operator benefit from the insight provided from an accurate weight measurement. This insight varies from the actual load on the quay rails or e.g. the stability under storm conditions to even the fatigue load in normal operation. From the weight measurement, also the location of the Center of Gravity in the X-Y plane is calculated.

    In order to serve the involved parties, the crane weight of the newly delivered Ship to Shore container cranes was measured at the ICTSI terminal in Manzanillo, Mexico. Flying in with a full set of weight measurement equipment from The Netherlands, Langeveld has measured the weight of the cranes in all operational conditions.

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    Point Noire, Congo | Interim project management

    April 2013. Interim project management services were delivered for the commissioning of two newly delivered Kalmar cranes to Congo Terminal, Pointe Noire. After the cranes arrived fully erected from China, the final commissioning was finalized on site in Congo. The delivered services comprised of the commissioning process, hand-over testing and load testing, witnessed by the representative of the Bolloré-group.

  • P1060320

    Istanbul, Turkey | Trolley wheel alignment

    July 2013. For the Istanbul project, the Langeveld team flew to Turkey with the complete alignment equipment. Making use of the latest techniques, the trolley wheel alignment was adjusted within the international cranes standards. Accurate alignment of the trolley wheels is of utmost importance for the driver’s comfort. Apart from this, wear and tear process between the wheels and the rails is slowed down significantly. Consequently, also the power consumption of the crane is affected positively.

  • P1060921

    Abidjan, Ivory Coast | Trolley wheel alignment

    March 2014. Following the delivery of two new container cranes to Abidjan Terminal by Cargotec, Langeveld has aligned the trolley wheels of these brand new cranes to the highest standard.

  • P1000196-1

    Yemen, Hodeidah Port | Project management YRSPC

    2008-2009. Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation (Hodeidah Port) Contracts Langeveld

    In 2003 crane builder FIGEE delivered two container cranes to the Port of Hodeidah. In a severe accident in 2008, one of these cranes collapsed. On 13th of November 2008, the Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation (Port of Hodeidah), Yemen, awarded Langeveld Project Management with the supervision contract for the repair of their FIGEE Container Crane No3.

    Langeveld Project Management has managed the repair project on behalf of YRSPC in all relevant disciplines: engineering, calculations, quality control, transportation, heavy lifting and commissioning.

  • P1070912

    Cartagena, Colombia | Modification and trolley wheel alignment

    July 2014. Not all trolleys allow for accurate wheel alignment in their original design. Following an adaptation in the trolley wheel assembly on the ‘Kalmar’ STS crane of the latest generation in the Port of Cartagena, the eight trolley wheels were successfully aligned to the FEM Standard.

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