Lighter machines with Strenx® steel
In 2015, Hidrokon introduced SSAB’s Strenx® high-strength steel into its production. The company currently uses Strenx® 700 E, Strenx® 700MC Plus, Strenx® 960 E, Strenx® 960MC, Strenx® 960 Plus and Strenx® 1100 E products across its various applications.
“With the use of Strenx performance steel, we’ve been able to produce lighter, higher-capacity machines,” confirms Kütükcü.
Since mobile cranes are mounted on vehicles, the weight of the crane and the capacity of the carrier vehicle are decisive factors for Hidrokon. As Kütükcü explains, the lighter the structure and higher the capacity of the machine that is placed on a vehicle, the more efficient the project will be. Hidrokon customers also report that machines produced with Strenx® performance steel last for a much longer time due to a more refined design.
Perhaps most importantly, Kütükcü admits that upgrading from mild steel to Strenx® high-strength steel has significantly increased the reliability of his company’s products and, when Strenx® products are combined with Hidrokon engineering, the company is able to produce high-quality cranes without any safety concerns.
Processing benefits of Strenx® performance steel
While increased strength and safety, reduced weight and extended durability may be the most crucial advantages offered by Strenx® steel, there is still more. Kütükcü admits the material has also delivered considerable benefits to Hidrokon’s manufacturing process.
“Cutting, bending and welding of high-strength products such as Strenx steels are extremely critical and can be difficult operations, but the workshop properties of Strenx make our job much easier in this regard,” he says.
At Hidrokon, recent product development projects using Strenx® performance steel have shown very promising results when it comes to weight reduction and load capacity.
“Strenx steel is one of the most important factors in the weight optimization of our machines,” continues Kütükcü. “Moreover, we are constantly optimizing our products to make them even lighter and we have also been able to reduce the thickness of Hidrokon’s products by using Strenx in their production.”
According to Kütükcü, Hidrokon’s customers express on average between 95% and 96% satisfaction in its machines, with many confirming that they are especially happy with the mechanical behavior of the material, in addition to hydraulic capabilities and operator comfort.