Engineered Solutions were contacted by Bidfreight Port Operations who required to replace their existing crane attachment to clamshell grabs with larger capacity equipment. As a user, they were offered a crane attachment product which was built outside Europe and that had caused concerns regarding the build and material standards.
Firstly Engineered Solutions contacted independent inspectors who could investigate and sign off the inspection specifications and drawings of the equipment so that the completed crane attachment could be authorised to use. The equipment was being manufactured in Turkey and sold through a European distributor. The paperwork and security supporting the sale failed to address the key issues required for a safe purchase route, therefore Engineered Solutions contacted the Turkish manufacturer directly and they readily agreed to our standard. Our specialists went to Turkey to inspect the company, reported back to the customer and provided a quotation for 5 x 12 cubic metre automatic clamshell hydraulic grabs modelled on a purchase emanating via the U.K. from Turkey to South Africa with Bureau Veritas inspecting the materials and build quality, upon whose signature the goods would ultimately be released and paid for. None of these conditions were available at the outset. Additionally we reduced the price of the crane attachment grabs by £15,000 each after our costs which included all of the above security. This totalled ZAR1,000,000 for the customer.We also supplied this customer with container spreader grabs from our Spanish operation and provided them with three survey and inspection site visits in Durban, Cape Town and Saldhana iron ore terminal where some of this equipment is working under the harshest conditions material handling equipment can experience.
Engineered Solutions had reduced the price of the grabs by £15,000 each after all the costs, the total cost being approximately £50,000. Our company also supplied this customer with crane attachment of container spreader grabs from our Spanish operations and provided them with three survey and inspection site visits in Durban, Cape Town and Saldanha iron ore terminals. In those terminals this equipment is working under the harshest conditions material handling equipment can experience, thus our engineers were able to investigate the quality of the equipment we provided to the client. Bidfreight now have custom built equipment they needed at a fraction of the cost they were originally quoted and can be confident that they meet all the regulations and standards required.