This makes Energy Cranes the exclusive OEM parts and service suppliers worldwide for offshore cranes built by American Aero, Titan Industries, Houston Systems, Weatherford Cranes, Bucyrus Erie and, of course, Energy Cranes themselves.
There are believed to be some 250 large Bucyrus Erie cranes in offshore service, while Energy Cranes estimates the combined total of Energy Cranes, American Aero, Titan Industries, Houston Systems, Weatherford Cranes and Bucyrus Erie in service worldwide to be in excess of 2,000 units.
"Our aim is to provide customers with an authoritative, fast-action parts identification and ordering facility", says Energy Cranes global parts manager, Mike Robertson. "This gives customers maximum flexibility. If they simply want a part supplied in its box, our international parts desk in Houston will deliver. But they still have the opportunity to have the part supplied and fitted – individually or as part of a refurbishment - through any of our 18 service centers worldwide"
Offshore cranes routinely operate for well in excess of 25 years; however some of the parts to support models which ceased manufacture in the 1980s and 1990s are scarce or require to be custom made from original drawings. Energy Cranes holds these records centrally at its manufacturing plant in Houston, Texas, where it has machining and fabrication facilities which produce and supply these rare parts.
In addition, Energy Cranes capitalizes on the crane engineering design strengths to develop mid-life upgrade programs to extend the safe economic working lives of these cranes, by retro-fitting better boom designs, more modern power/control systems and enhanced safety features.
"Acquisition of the Bucyrus Erie brand and intellectual property reflects our commitment to building Energy Cranes into the world's most complete offshore crane and lifting engineering business," says Energy Cranes' chief executive officer, John Jordan. "With our unrivalled engineering, project management and supply chain management controls, Energy Cranes is uniquely placed to deliver OEM engineering and parts support across the widest range of crane types working offshore."
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