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Overhead Cranes for LTA Depot

Overhead cranes: another feather in the hat for Rotomatik Singapore.

TA Depot @ Tuas West Extension

Bidding for a government project by itself is a complex process fulfilling a host of requirements. Winning the project is an equally challenging.

The process can take a long time from conception to implementation.

A case in point is LTA prestigious project at MRT Depot at Tuas.

Rotomatik was awarded the contract to supply 4 units of 10 ton overhead double girder cranes, 9 units of overhead single girder cranes ranging from 300 kg to 3 ton, 1 unit of 2 ton of pillar slewing jib crane and 1 unit of 2 ton monorail hoist system.

In addition, Rotomatik was also awarded to supply and install all the runway beams to serve the above mentioned overhead cranes due to its capability to design and install supporting steel structures.

Although the contract was awarded to Rotomatik in 2012, installation works only commenced in 2015. The project was completed and handed over to the authority in the mid of 2016, within schedule.

LTA Depot @ Thomson Line

In the midst of execution the Tuas Depot project, Rotomatik was then awarded the MRT Depot for the Thomson Line.

This latest project comprised 9 units of 10 ton overhead double girder cranes with the spans of up to 28.7 m,
3 units of 2 ton single girder crane & a 2 ton pillar slewing jib cane.

The above work scope also included the supply and installation of runway beams.

The Company’s success in securing these tenders was a testimony of the authority’s confidence in Rotomatik’s quality products, strong engineering competency and good execution capability.

Each experience will only add to Rotomatik’s value proposition as a leading supplier of such cranes and hoists lifting equipment.

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Rotomatik’s 19th Anniversary

It has been a very busy year so far and we in the company, have been focused on delivering our commitments to our valued customers. Many of the projects are crane related to our key customers.

We did, however, take the opportunity to celebrate our company’s 19th Anniversary – Prawning!!!

We had a wonderful time catching prawns and just chilling out the entire afternoon then ending it off with a Bar-B-Q….of course with our huge crustacean harvest….Yum Yum…

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Rotomatik Goes Underground

Overhead cranes going underground? While most overhead cranes operate at ground level, Rotomatik was given the privilege to provide overhead cranes below ground level.

This is our narrative.

Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) announced the development of the underground rock cavern (URC).

According to the Singapore Straits Times (13 May 2008) the tender calling for the construction of the URC will cover such “space, technical and functional requirements, operation and maintenance requirements and identification of issues of concern”.

In Phase 1 of the URC which is located beneath Jurong Island, Singapore’s first underground cavern is built for the storage of crude oil and oil products like naphta, condensate and gas oil.

As with most gas installation equipment and machinery are necessary. There is also a need for lifting equipment. These are used for the removal of key components such as solenoid valves for maintenance and repair purposes.

Rotomatik has supplied 5 underground explosion-proof cranes working in the cavern. These are designed to work in an explosive environment.

Rotomatik has won the project due to its distinct value proposition of its track record of supplying customised lifitng solutions with short delivery time and its quality mangement system in every stage from design to full factory acceptance testing.

While these are critical, working with the main contractor Hyundai is the other element of the working equation. Hyundai provided Rotomatik its full support without which the installation could be hampered.

The tunnel is located about 100 metres below ground. Access to the storage area is via a lift and a 1 km tunnel. There a few work site areas.

Above ground, Rotomatik has supplied 4 cranes, of which 2 are explosion-proof cranes.

Lee KF who is the project manager said that the challenges working deep underground were high humidity, high temperature.

While the work site was relatively safe due to the strict conditions imposed the government, our staff was always fearful of the tunnel collapsing in addition to the claustrophobic feeling, despite the fact the tunnel leading to the work site is wide and high enough for a trailer of 9m length and 3m wide to drive through.

Candidly, Lee said that the installation of the cranes above ground was a piece of cake compared to the underground work.

Rotomatik is fortunate to have dedicated staff Lee KF, Uddin and Najmul working tirelessly underground to complete the installation, load testing and commissioning within schedule. When asked if he would go underground again, he said with a laugh “Why not?”

This prestigious project adds another feather to Rotomatik’s hat.

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Employee Bonding

Keeping customers happy requires a lot of coordinated work. Rotomatik over the years has developed its 3 core principles of Quality System, Quality Products and Quality Staff. And the Management Team is taking it to the next ante by deepening bonds between its employees. What better way to do this than to make them play together in friendly games. Bowling is a natural choice since anyone can be a kegler. Who could resist an air-conditioned ambience anyway?

There were scores but no one bothered with them. Rebecca who led one of the six teams agreed that they had an enjoyable day as everyone went home with a big smile.

Will there be another similar event? A resounding yes from the staff. 12th June 2015 was a successful day indeed.