Dr Oliver Fries
Vice President European Engineering and Technical Services, WireCo WorldGroup
TOPIC: CHALLENGES WITH EXISTING STEEL WIRE ROPES ON LARGE CRANES AND FEASIBLE SOLUTIONS
Oliver Fries holds a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern and has more than 20 years of experience in crane design and development. He started his career in all terrain crane design 1991 at Mannesmann-Demag in Germany. In his last position with Terex he was responsible for the research and development of all terrain and crawler cranes at Terex Cranes in Zweibrücken, Germany.
Joining WireCo in 2012 he has been working to combine knowledge of cranes with developments in steel wire rope to further improve the designs for challenging crane and mining applications. He is based at Casar, Germany and is today responsible for engineering and technical services at the European steel facilities of Wireco.
Although some hold the view that steel wire ropes have exhausted their development possibilities – and there is the ongoing discussion on synthetic ropes for crane applications – WireCo believes there is still scope and a demand for new developments. The focus of current developments at CASAR on steel wire ropes are the challenges faced by large crawler and telescopic cranes, especially when working on wind turbine erections and repairs.
Oliver will present possible solutions as well as an overview on current developments on steel wire and hybrid rope technology.