260 cranes and hoists at the high-capacity power plant Mannheim – With the perfect on-line overview

/Ins The portal displays the service information and data of 260 cranes and hoists at the largest electricity generation plant in Baden-Wuerttemberg

03 July 2018 - 13:09 - Update: 05 July 2018 - 22:51

Press Release

June 2018

Grosskraftwerk Mannheim AG (GKM) produces energy and distant heating for the booming Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. Complex processes support the operation of the power plant, including a large fleet of industrial cranes and hoists. Their reliable operation is very important, so they are always ready for use in case of repairs at GKM. Therefore, each of the approximately 260 units requires maintenance and safety-related checks on a yearly basis. For this, GKM relies on the competence of the crane specialists at Konecranes. With the customer portal, the maintenance process becomes more efficient, and GKM always has its 260 units in view on-line.


GKM power plant’s unit 9, which was connected to the grid in 2015, is one of the world’s most efficient coal-fired power plants, with a fuel efficiency of 70 per cent. For transport, maintenance and lifting tasks, GKM uses 260 crane systems and hoists of various types and manufacturers – an enormous fleet. Reliability of these equipment is crucial. Therefore, for maintenance and check-up of this fleet, GKM completely relies on Konecranes, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cranes and hoists.


Complete service process: all cranes in view on-line

Each of the 260 cranes and hoists – from a simple chain pulley to the 300 tonne powerhouse crane, which the crane experts of Konecranes installed in the new power plant unit 9 requires a yearly safety-related check (UVV) and maintenance. How is it possible to get a quick, safe and clear overview of such a large fleet of cranes and hoists? With the industry leading cloud-based customer portal,, this is made possible – regardless of how many cranes and hoist you have.


Appointments perfectly coordinated with your operational processes

At the beginning of each year, the experts at Konecranes coordinate the timeframes for maintenance and the safety-related checks with GKM. “Complex processes support the supply of energy. One example: Each year, about 3 million tons of hard coal are required for the operation of the boilers. It needs to be unloaded with the loading bridges, stored and transported to the four power plant units with the conveyor systems at the right time.

For maintenance and repair of these units, reliable cranes and hoists are crucial”, says Michael Griesheimer, responsible for the maintenance of these facilities at GKM. While planning the service assignments, the operational processes are monitored in detail, and so, an optimal date for maintenance is set. On, GKM can always track the dates. Moreover, allows on-line requests for services.


Maintenance regardless of type and manufacturer

The cranes and hoists at GKM have different years of construction, manufacturers and histories. This results in individual requirements that Konecranes needs to consider for the check-up. For maintenance and check-up of all units, Konecranes service technicians spend approximately three months at GKM. With, the crane experts always have mobile access to all information – from technical data to test reports – on their smartphone or tablet, regardless of where they are located on the large premises of the plant. With every check-up, the service technicians update the units’ data on the portal, and GKM can track the status of each maintenance work promptly in the service calendar.


Documentation 260 cranes and hoists always in view

Following each maintenance work, Konecranes creates a test report for each of the 260 cranes and hoists and advises how to further optimize the units. Moreover, GKM can access all reports on-line at Especially helpful: With the search function, the units can be arranged by various criteria, like maintenance priority, last actions or newly requested services.


Maintenance efficient, with assessment of the condition

High availability of the cranes and hoists is essential for the precisely timed production process at GKM. Therefore, the experts at Konecranes assess the condition of individual units already during the check-up. If the operation of a unit is at risk or if it might fail, quick action is required.” Individual cranes and hoists are assigned to the four power plant units of GKM on In this way, the responsible departments receive notifications in a quick and uncomplicated manner, and repair orders can be initiated promptly.


“Complex processes ensure the efficient operation of our four power plant units. For this, we need to have confidence in the reliability of our cranes and hoists. Keeping 260 crane systems and hoists in view is a challenge”, says Michael Griesheimer. “With the customer portal, we exactly know the condition of each single unit at any time. Konecranes actively supports us, goes on with the optimization of the portal, and advises us with all their experience, so that our units are ready for use at any time.”


“ significantly facilitates the whole process at the Mannheim high-energy power plant. Also in the United Kingdom, our customers use the customer portal yourKONECRANES, which facilitates quick and easy access to crane maintenance information, usage data of TRUCONNECT, maintenance information and unit details. Pooled data can be quickly shown, analysed and transmitted, so that sound maintenance decisions could be made”, adds Mark Goringe, Konecranes Industrial Service - Area Director, Mid West Europe.


Konecranes is one of the worlds leading brands in Lifting Businessesand supplies production enterprises and process manufacturing, shipyards and harbours with innovative lifting technology solutions. Besides productivity-increasing lifting solutions, Konecranes also offers customised services across the whole spectrum of lifting machinery. 16,200 employees at 600 locations in 50 countries work for Konecranes. Konecranes stocks are quoted at the Helsinki stock exchange (Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd) under the abbreviation KCR1V.



Source of Captions/Photos: Konecranes


[Photo 1] Two crane experts of Konecranes are at GKM for about three months to check all 260 units. From a simple rope hoist to a 300 tonne powerhouse crane: With the online portal, the experts always have access to all information on their mobile devices.


[Photo 2] With, GKM always keeps an overview of the status of its cranes and hoists, scheduled service dates and maintenance work. The cloud-based customer platform facilitates the energy supplier throughout the whole service process.



[Photos 3, 4 and 5] GKM generates energy for 2.5 million people and for commerce and industry, as well as distant heating for 120,000 households. For this, 260 cranes and hoists are used on the premises of the plant. Konecranes undertakes the yearly maintenance and safety-related check-ups of the units.



Further Information:


Mark Goringe

Konecranes Industrial Service - Area Director, Mid West Europe


Konecranes Demag UK Limited

Unit 1 Charter Point

Coalfield Way

Ashby Business Park

Ashby De La Zouch


LE65 1NF

United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0) 8443 246 599

Fax +44 (0) 1332 697 755


Lena Ansorge

Marketing & Communications

Tel +49 6103 7333-235


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