Konecranes Training Institute Unveils New Campus,
Expanded Lab Space

Konecranes Training Institute headquarters in New Berlin, Wisconsin, moves from original location to new state-of-the-art facility.

Konecranes Training Institute has raised the level of its game in a major way with a move from the original location of 43 years to a new 1,200 m2 facility adjacent to Konecranes service branch in New Berlin. Global lifting leader Konecranes also has its nuclear and modernization groups located nearby.
According to general manager Jim Lang, the new campus represents the next generation of technical capability for an organization that trains more than 10,000 crane professionals every year. Improving safety at customer facilities is at the forefront of the curriculum at Konecranes Training Institute.

“With the new facility, we focused on building everything to enhance the customer experience,” says Mr. Lang. “All of our new classrooms are as big as the largest in the old facility. Every part of the new campus is task-specific and professionally designed. Our interactive audio-visual equipment is state-of-the-art, high-resolution and easily compatible with all computers, specified to enhance the learning experience for our students.”

Jim Lang says the Institute’s 700 m2 lab has 50% more space plus a 30% higher ceiling than the former facility, giving students much more room to experience the challenges and capabilities of the equipment they train on.

“Our new lab will feature a 4.5 t top-running, double-girder Smart CXT crane with the full gamut of available Konecranes Smart Features for safety and productivity,” says Mr. Lang. “Students will be able to train in programming Protected Areas, and become familiar with Active Sway Control, Target Positioning, Hook Centering, Snag Prevention and other more unique modalities for crane efficiency.”

A typical class at Konecranes Training Institute usually lasts 3 to 4 days, with class sizes normally including about 10 trainees, with a maximum of 15.

“Our classrooms are large enough to accommodate more people, but we want to maintain a good student-to-teacher ratio,” says Jim Lang. “We have gotten very positive comments from customers who have been through our first few classes in the new facility. The students really appreciate being in a building that has been designed just for them.”

Director of Training Joe Otten noted that the new campus represents a substantial investment from Konecranes, with an estimated US$700,000 ($900,000) dedicated to the project to date. “We have 3 other Konecranes divisions in our new location totalling 6,500 m2,” he stated. “This allows us to more easily have other Konecranes experts available to meet with students when needed.”

Konecranes Training Institute teaches 35 different courses offered year-round at the new campus. The most popular, including Overhead Crane Inspection, Inspection Refresher, Crane Safety Management, Rigging Fundamentals and Operator and Rigging Train-the-Trainer courses are also offered at 6 regional centers in Phoenix, Arizona, Mobile, Alabama, Springfield, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, Miami, Florida and Sudbury, Ontario, as well as a rotating schedule of 40 cities nationwide.

Source: Konecranes Region Americas

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