Walking Towards Better Quality
In an effort to further strengthen the quality of products manufactured at RAM SMAG Engineering (Changshu) Co., Ltd (RSC), the Company introduced the “Leadership Quality Walk” programme.
This programme engages all mid-level managers and supervisors to gather at the shop foor for a walk around the facility. The walk-around initiative will allow the respective managers and supervisors to gain a better understanding of interrelated processes and operations in other departments.
Notably, apart from inspecting the quality of work produced at each station, managers’ attention will also be drawn to details, including 5S, cleanliness, organisation and handling of work pieces.
In-depth and lively discussions are encouraged to recommend ways to help enhance the current work quality and productivity.
“The objective of ‘Leadership Quality Walk’ is to raise awareness of managers and supervisors concerning quality, as well as to instil in them the importance of taking ownership in quality. To achieve quality products, we need to start from the beginning, and to pay attention to every detail during each process and operation.” – Htay Aung, Chief Operating Officer – RSC
RSC Obtains EN1090 & EN ISO3838 Welding Certification
In replacement of the now obsolete DIN 18800 welding standard and to be in line with the parent company PEINER SMAG Lifting Technologies quality system, RAM SMAG Engineering (Changshu) Co, Ltd (RSC) has achieved new certifcations – EN 1090 and ISO 3834.
In compliance with the new requirements, a dedicated Welding Supervision Team made up of qualified welding inspectors, led by a certified welding engineer has been set up. The new certifications place emphasis on welding quality assurance, which involves the controlling of production process in addition to inspecting and testing the welded product.
Significantly, these new certifications ensure that the RAM product quality is of a high quality – meeting international recognition and complying with European regulation.
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Harley Kramer – RAM SMAG Engineering (Changshu) Co. Ltd
Newly appointed as RSC’s Quality Manager, Harley Kramer is the man in charge of enhancing and maintaining the quality of products built at the RAM Spreaders manufacturing facility in Changshu, China.
We talk to him in this issue of RAM SPREADERS to find out more about the man and his job.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Harley always had a fascination and passion for engineering since young. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, custom and classic cars and music.
Having excelled at school, Harley followed his passion for engineering and joined Qantas Airways where he studied hard to achieve qualifications as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer during his service. Subsequently, Harley went on to do his postgraduate studies at Central Queensland University and graduated with a Maintenance Management diploma.
After studies, Harley worked at Hatch where he diversified his skills and took on the role of Maintenance and Reliability Specialist. He went on to manage Hatch’s Condition Monitoring and Inspection business in Australia. In 2014, Harley took on the job of Vendor Quality Surveillance Manager with Hatch and relocated with his family to China at the start of 2015.
Harley has now joined the China facility of RAM Spreaders, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the development and management of quality assurance and quality control. This is complemented by his experience in business improvement and change management. Prior to joining RAM, Harley spent 10 years consulting and assisting clients across a diverse range of industries with business improvement and management projects.
Now, Harley is putting these skills into practice at RAM with his introduction of a quality system. Through conducting a regular “walk-around” quality review workshop for middle managers and supervisors, high standards are maintained during the manufacturing and testing processes.Primarily, Harley’s responsibility is to manage the Quality Assurance/Quality Control team and foster a continuous improvement and defect elimination culture throughout the factory. For which, his frequent interaction with the production and design team has built a more collaborative approach to the manufacturing quality of products.
“My background in aviation has provided me with a solid understanding of the value of effective quality management and the methods and culture required to achieve quality excellence.
It is a great privilege to be able to bring my skills and experience to a great brand with amazing history such as RAM Spreaders. I am excited to be able to work with such a strong and dedicated team of people and to be able to contribute to enhancing the RAM Spreaders’ brand and reputation. This longevity and wealth of experience in the port industry has been further enhanced with RAM becoming the world’s leading lifting accessories supplier as a result of the PEINER SMAG merger.
By further enhancing and supporting a strong quality management system, we are empowered to stay at the forefront of innovation and design while keeping a strong customer focus.“ – Harley Kramer
DP World Caucedo, Dominican Republic
RAM delivered and commissioned a repeat order of 3 units of RAM 3540 all-electric spreaders to DP World Caucedo for their existing RTG cranes, bringing it to a total of 17 units now in operation. This is part of their handling equipment renovation on RTG cranes already fitted with RAM Spreaders.
DP World Caucedo, a world class gateway terminal and at the heart of global commercial lanes requires outstanding performance and high reliability on their RTG Spreaders to support and sustain high throughputs.
Port of Tauranga, New Zealand
One of RAM’s longest standing customers, the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand has ordered three new spreaders.
Tauranga is one of the busiest ports in New Zealand and has been a customer of RAM for more than 20 years. In this order they have purchased the heavy duty RAM 2940 STS spreader with shock absorb system. The Port is very innovative with experienced technical staff and they have chosen to include their first spreader with an auto greasing system which should give the port a greater MMBF.”
How to set the electrical spreader twistlock position sensors
In the last newsletter, the first “How To” video demonstrated how actuator seals can be replaced on a hydraulic flipper actuator. In this second instalment, a video that shows a step-by-step process of how to set the twistlock sensor positions on the RAM All-Electric spreader has been put up on our YouTube channel.
The “How To” videos produced by us are designed to help customers with servicing and maintaining their purchased spreaders from RAM.
Please click here to see this latest video release.
Trends in Multiple Lifting
With vessels getting larger ports are innovating to be able to transfer the containers from these massive behemoths faster. When the 18000 TEU CMA Benjamin Franklin, with 9 decks 9 rows high and 23 wide calls at a port, a faster approach is needed. The answer; many ports are turning to the RAM SingFlex tandem headblock for multiple container lifting.
Carrying two 40 foot containers is not a new concept, it has been happening in Dubai for a decade and after years of experience terminals are fine tuning how to do this. Experienced tandem crane operators, like DP World and APM Terminals, have learned that all cranes on a vessel do not need to work at the hectic pace of 60 containers per hour, instead focus needs to be on the larger points of work which control the vessel sailing. Flexibility is the key to turn around these vessels. You only need to work 2 or 3 cranes at 60 moves per hour.
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Trends in using the RAM SingFlex Tandem 40 Headblock has been reported in the industry publication World Port Development.
In June 2016 World Port Development reported on the trends in multiple lifting.
The report looks into the new concept of lifting multiple containers using a single hoist crane, focusing on the successes of the RAM’s SingFlex Tandem 40 Headblock which is now in operation in China, South East Asia and North Africa and South America.
Also presented in the article is how SingFlex is flexible in operation, the energy saving benefits and explains the advantages over dual hoist systems.
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