CMI FPE Limited - formerly Flat Products Equipments India Ltd. was incorporated in 1986. The company, over the last 22 years, has acquired a global leadership position in the design, manufacture, erection and commissioning of cold rolling mill complexes and auxiliary equipments for the cold rolling industry and the metal processing industry. The Belgian Group CMI (Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie) completed the acquisition of Flat Products Equipments India Limited in 2008 and has now been renamed CMI FPE Limited. The principal activities of the company comprise manufacturing and installation of cold rolling mills complexes, processing lines, chemical processes, thermal processes and automation equipments for ferrous and nonferrous industries worldwide. As of today, CMI FPE Limited has a global footprint across Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, NorthAmerica, South America and Russia.
CMI FPE is currently working on a steel mill project for JSW Steel Ltd. at Tarapur, Thane. While working on this project, a big challenge was posed by the handling requirement at the galvanising plant. The company was looking for a Pot handling crane of suitable design to be fitted exactly above the zinc pot.
These types of cranes are placed above the pots in galvanising plants. It is primarily a maintenance crane, used to maintain and replace the galvanising equipment such as rolls and slits when required. The space constraint is high, and precise hook positioning is required as the hook needs to be positioned exactly above the zinc pot.
Having experienced our solutions capability previously, CMI FPE approached us to design a unique solution for their current challenge. The end client, JSW steel further attested this decision. After carefully studying the process and the requirements, our design team developed a solution which was a perfect fit for their requirement. The design is very different from a conventional DG EOT crane.
The crane has 2 hoists of 7.5MT capacity each, mounted on cantilever beams hanging on the crab. The hoists were modified to suit this particular handling requirement. This design has been made for the specific application, considering the critical end approach requirements. The crane offers a span of 8m and lifting height of 18m. The overall system, in spite of the customised design, proved to be an economical solution for the client. This crane was under commissioning at the time of going to print.