The team at WestRock Solvay Mill needed more lifting capacity than what their 1999 Broderson IC-80 could offer. After looking at other brands, they found that only Broderson offered the lifting capacity they need in the small footprint they require. Cory White, Sr. Vehicle Maintenance Technician and Mobile Equipment Safety Trainer at WestRock provided his technical expertise to the decision-making process. The Solvay Mill decided to purchase the new 2020 Broderson IC-100-3B from local dealer Empire Crane Company. It offers more lifting capacity, reach, and is within the required footprint. Their primary application is for repairing rotating equipment and screens inside their paper mill.
The Broderson IC-100-3B is a 10 US ton rated industrial carry deck crane designed for in-plant lifting and material handling applications. It features:
- 49’4” Sheave Height
- 5.6 US ton Pick & Carry Capacity
- 360° Boom Rotation
- 6’ 6” Wide
- 7’ 5” Tall
- Fully Hydraulic Controls for Smooth Precise Operations
In addition, WestRock opted to include a 10’ boom extension, operator guard, and the dual fuel (diesel / propane) option. “This unit will run indoors 99% of the time so we run strictly propane” White said.
An improvement since their last Broderson purchase is the auto-throttle feature. Operators currently have to run the foot throttle to keep a higher rpm. With the auto throttle, they can set it to run at 1200 or 1800 rpm, leaving the operator to focus more on the movement of the crane and the safety of his surroundings. White also commented “it’s so loud inside of our mill that you can’t hear the engine running behind you. By setting the auto-throttle, our operators won’t need to listen to gauge the rpm levels”.
Empire Crane CEO and vice president Luke Lonergan said “Broderson cranes have a leading reputation in the carry deck sector because of the quality and reliability.’ ‘We’ve serviced WestRock’s IC80 for years and years. We’re so happy they’ve been satisfied with the unit and are glad to assist with adding a larger unit to their fleet.”
Empire Crane Company was founded by Paul & Luke Lonergan in 2002. Empire Crane is an authorized dealer for Demag Tadano Group, Tadano Mantis, Kobelco Crawler Cranes, Manitex Boom Trucks, Broderson, Magni Telehandlers, and Wolffkran Tower Cranes. Empire Crane offers sales, parts, service and rentals at their offices in Syracuse NY, Bridgewater NJ, and Boston MA. For more information, please visit: www.EmpireCrane.com
WestRock provides paper and packaging products from their 320 facilities around the globe. Products offered include corrugated containers, displays, kraft paper, paperboard, pulp and more. WestRock’s Solvay, NY mill focuses specifically on manufacturing and containerboard. For more information, please visit: www.WestRock.com/