Award winning Single Failure Proof Crane designed and manufactured by ElectroMech for Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.
The prime reason for ElectroMech being synonymous today with 'solutions' is the obsession of our team members for innovation. Our customers have repeatedly vindicated this by way of their appreciation and repeat orders. To enhance this joy of appreciation, this year again ElectroMech has been honoured with the Manufacturing Today 'Excellence in Innovation' award. This award is instituted by 'Manufacturing Today' magazine, which is a part of the renowned ITP Publications group.
We received this award for the indigenous development of a Single Failure Proof Crane (SFP) for Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL). SFP cranes are installed at extremely critical locations in a nuclear power plant such as the reactor dome directly above the reactor and the spent fuel storage bay. Clearly, safety is of utmost importance in these areas. To avoid any accidents, the crane is provided with redundant safety mechanisms to ensure safety. This is achieved through a dual wire rope and drum arrangement as well as redundant mechanisms for critical systems.
While working on this project, it was not only the application which was critical, but the stringent design specifications and highly demanding requirements of the user were a challenge to our design team. After evaluating several options, a double-decker crane where two rope drum arrangements are placed one above the other, was selected. Such an arrangement not only saved space, but also provided larger hook approach areas. All these requirement challenges and our innovative solution were taken into consideration by the jury team while selecting us for the award.
While commenting on the award, Mr. Tushar Mehendale, Managing Director said, “Innovation is a tradition and a way of life at ElectroMech. It not only keeps us ahead of competition, but also gives our team immense satisfaction of accomplishing the impossible. Our biggest awards come from our customers when they repeatedly approach us for new requirements and such awards further encourage our team to excel in what they are doing.”