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Despite the constricted space of the sugar dock, Redpath's Jonathan Dunn required stairways in place of ladders along with well guarded catwalks and maintenance platforms to ensure the safety of workers throughout the loading structure. had heard that Redpath was in the market, and could he have a half hour to show us what they have?” Top Lift’s presentation covered the range of SENNEBOGEN machines. Among them was one of the firm’s newest developments: the 160 tonne model 880 EQ counterbalanced material handler. “Not to make too much of it,” Dunn smiles, “but for us, it really was love at first sight!” Top Lift was invited to make a technical presentation on the capabilities of the 880 EQ. Dunn says the team members were encouraged by photographs of the 880 EQ. “We wondered why one manufacturer had recommended against its own material handler, and had proposed a rope crane for us instead. So we were interested in hearing why SENNEBOGEN believed its EQ machine was the better solution.” Prior to the final RFP being called, Constantino Lannes, president of SENNEBOGEN LLC invited members of the Redpath engineering team to meet with the SENNEBOGEN engineering team in Germany and to see these machines in operation and talk to other operations people. As well, they got the opportunity to further define their requirements. With three proposals now on the table, the Redpath team presented the bidders with a further challenge. Along with the new crane, the project called for installation of the complete transloading system, including a new 20-foot square hopper and conveyors to deliver sugar to the existing conveyors in the

Four gantry races were designed to run on five wheels, three motorized, to distribute the weight of the 880 EQ within the load limits of Redpath's existing dock.

storage shed. The whole system would also have to conform to the load limits of the existing dock. “We were looking for a total turnkey solution — to be able to just walk out the door to the dock, turn it on and go,” Dunn said. Of the three suppliers, only Top Lift was well prepared for the Engineering team’s turnkey request. With diverse interests in industrial cranes, mobile material handlers and earthmoving equipment, Top Lift is also closely connected to Greco Contracting, a specialist in steel fabricating and construction. The Redpath project was a natural opportunity for the two firms to work together on an integrated solution. “This was a very large project for us,” Dunn admits. “It was very stressful. Seeing the strength and resources of the organizations we had to work with in SENNEBOGEN, Top Lift and Greco, it was a great relief.” The team’s confidence was confirmed when Dunn was invited to Germany to see the completed new machine operate before being shipped to Canada. “Seeing it fully assembled and tested at the factory took a lot off my mind. Once it got to our dock, all we would have to do is put it back together the same way!” Redpath’s new machine, a 400,000-pound gantry mounted material handler equipped with a Canadian sourced Rotobec 11-yard clamshell, was able to traverse the length of the dock on four 5 wheel races. The gantry tracks are offset in height, with the races next to the factory wall elevated to maximize dock space at ground level. The SENNEBOGEN large port cab operator’s station, designed specifically for port operations, is mounted 30-feet above the dock level and extends a full 19-foot out from its swing centre to provide a clear direct view into the ship’s hold and into the loading hopper. Top Lift and SENNEBOGEN found they still had some hurdles to overcome. Delivery plans were complicated by winter conditions on the Seaway and early blizzards along the overland truck route. When the machine was finally delivered to Toronto, the work crews were restricted to a landing area on the dock just 30-foot x 30-foot, backing onto a busy downtown street, to unload the giant boom and erect the new loading structure. Despite these difficulties, Top Lift and Greco had the project on track by the time Toronto’s shipping season reopened, with construction on the dock completed and the 880 EQ operational. Dunn credits the SENNEBOGEN team

for making the extra effort to keep to their original schedule. “Technically, they may have missed the initial delivery date due to Mother Nature, but they made the deadline. They simply did everything they had to do.” Since then, Top Lift has continued to work with Redpath’s Engineering team and the dock staff to refine the system’s configuration and orient Redpath operators on the new machine. As equipped, the new unloader has the capacity to move as much as 18,000-pounds of sugar per cycle, compared to the 4,900-pounds maximum of each former crane. Operators are also becoming more and more comfortable with the equipment. During the most recent time trials, Redpath operators were closing in on the peak target of 600 tons per hour. “In effect, the company was looking for a 50 percent increase in total productivity, using one machine instead of two, “says Dunn. “I have no doubt we’ll get there.” Operators are continuing to train and Dunn expects to make further improvements to the dock operation, as he and his control team explore options for automating parts of the loading system. “Having gone through it all now, we can see that SENNEBOGEN was the right choice,” Dunn reflects. “There’s simply no way we would be this close to our original goals at this point if we had gone any other way.” SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for over 60 years. Based in Stanley, NC, within the greater Charlotte region, SENNEBOGEN LLC offers a complete range of purpose built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, SENNEBOGEN LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, barge and port operations, log handling, transfer stations and waste facilities from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports SENNEBOGEN LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability. For more information, contact Constantino Lannes, president, SENNEBOGEN LLC, 1957 Sennebogen Trail (formerly 7669 Old Plank Rd.), Stanley, NC 28164. Call 704-7-4910 or fax 704-347-8894. E-mail or visit the web site at

Getting there: More than half the battle! When Redpath Sugar issued its PO to Top Lift Enterprises for a new 880 EQ material handler, SENNEBOGEN put the machine on an accelerated timetable. Redpath had very little flexibility in its timeframe for completing the construction and installation work. “It had to be in the winter months, while the dock is idle,” explains Trevor Ash of Top Lift. “That gave us a delivery deadline at the end of August, so we could be operational by spring.” With production commencing in December, the 182 tonne machine was manufactured, tested and ready to ship in under 11 months. But then Mother Nature intervened. SENNEBOGEN originally planned to deliver the big machine from Germany directly to the Redpath dock via the St. Lawrence Seaway, 900 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean to Toronto Harbor on Lake Ontario. That plan, how-

ever, was confounded at the last minute. The shipping company informed SENNEBOGEN that it was unable to guarantee the machine’s arrival before the winter freeze on the Seaway. SENNEBOGEN hastily put together an alternate plan, avoiding the Seaway by way of the Port of Baltimore, then by truck 500 miles through New York State to Toronto. But, as the project team learned, overland routes can have problems in winter, too. With waivers and police escorts carefully mapped out on back roads, Redpath’s 880 EQ was on its way through New York when the early December blizzards of 2010 upset the schedule again. As Redpath’s Jonathan Dunn recalls, “The police were called away. The roads were snowed in. The truck and driver were stranded at the side of the road for 15 days!” The new unit finally arrived at

the Toronto dock just a few days ahead of the New Year. With limited time, the installation team was also severely restricted in space. Redpath’s 30-foot wide dock extends out into the water and along the length of the factory wall, and is sealed off at the end by the streets of downtown Toronto. The material handler’s massive boom and undercarriage components had to be lifted into place by cranes operating from a 30-foot.square landing at the street end of the dock. The work crews from Top Lift, Greco and SENNEBOGEN were able to bring in the project on time to meet Dunn’s schedule. “I really have to give all the credit to the service team — technically, they may have missed the initial delivery date due to Mother Nature, but they made the deadline. They simply did everything they had to do.”

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