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EnCore Partners Provide Manufacturer-Approved Remanufacturing of Manitowoc Company Brands

New England-based Shawmut Equipment is the latest Manitowoc distributor to be named to the Crane Care EnCore Partner program recently introduced by the manufacturer. EnCore Partners is a network of approved remanufacturing providers of Grove, Manitowoc, National, and Potain brands. Shawmut Equipment joins Aspen Equipment, Cowin, H&E Equipment Services, Hoffman Equipment, Ring Power Crane, and Walter Payton Power Equipment.

To qualify for the program, dealers invest considerable time in training technical staff, including advanced training for welders to earn the proper certifications for welding structural components on cranes. Each dealer must also add a trained structural engineer to its staff to interface directly with Manitowoc on technical issues. Manitowoc Crane Care provides full commercial, technical, and financial support for all EnCore Partners.

“Our program will provide customers a cost-effective fleet management solution. Remanufacturing significantly extends the life of the crane and, because it is done in close collaboration with Manitowoc, customers are assured of the quality and reliability of the repairs,” said Gilberto Ferreira, EnCore director with Manitowoc Crane Care. “In fact, Manitowoc fully certifies the load charts of the remanufactured crane after completion.”

Ferreira said that barring any major structural repairs, remanufacturing typically costs about 50 percent of the price of a new crane. One reason for the cost savings is that major structural components, such as the travels and rotating beds, side frames, crawler frames, boom, gantry, and mast frames, typically do not wear out. During remanufacturing, the focus instead is on repairing and replacing the parts that wear out, while at the same time inspecting major components to ensure structural integrity.

A highlight of Manitowoc’s display during ConExpo-Con/Agg was a 1996 Manitowoc 888, which was remanufactured by H&E Equipment Services, Baton Rouge, La., the first company to join the EnCore Partners program.

The Model 888, owned by Turner Industries, had been working along the U.S. Gulf Coast region on general construction, as well as chemical and petrochemical projects. Mike Morain, vice president of equipment for Turner Industries, said that refurbishing the 888 made the most sense when looking at the overall composition of its crane fleet. “We own a full arsenal of lift enhancement attachments for this crane, including a fixed jib, luffing jib, and heavy-lift Ringer attachment,” he said. “The investment in these attachments was one of the deciding factors when considering whether to remanufacture this crane.”

“The crane was disassembled to its bare frames, weldments were checked, new parts and components were installed and finally the entire crane received a ’show quality’ paint finish,” said Tom Fox, service manager for H&E, Birmingham, Ala. “In summary, every component and structure on this crane was inspected and refurbished from front to back and boom tip to crawler pad.” The process began in November 2010 and was completed by the end of January 2011. The overhaul was completed for approximately half the cost of a new crane.

According to Frank Arthur, H&E branch manager in Belle Chasse, La., and Birmingham, Ala., the ability to perform structural repairs will take H&E’s already successful repair and remanufacturing services to the next level. “In the past we primarily focused on mechanical and non-structural component repairs and remanufacturing projects,” he said. “When corrosion or a failed weld compromised the machine structurally, we had to rely on Manitowoc, to do the repairs. Now, with help and authorization from Manitowoc, we can complete the repairs ourselves, saving our customers considerable expense and downtime.”

Manitowoc Crane Care also provides an EnCore Suppliers program, which is a network of regional and national companies that rebuild and refurbish crane components. Each EnCore component is updated to original factory specs so crane customers can be assured that they are buying genuine OEM specification parts.

Current components in the EnCORE Suppliers program include ydraulic cylinders for most cranes, turntable bearings for most cranes, torque converters for crawler cranes, and Grove and National Crane LMI upgrade programs.

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