Material Handling

Cranes and Hoists

Hoisting of equipment and goods in production or in transportation is the main work for cranes. Safe working conditions and efficiency improvements in production are increasing the use of cranes.
Danfoss Drives is a leading supplier of AC drives for the cranes industry. More than 100,000 of our drives are providing effortless speed control and optimized efficiency for the smallest chain hoists up to the largest mobile crane vessels with lifting capacities up to 10,000 tons.

Solutions for new developments and modernizations

Danfoss Drives’ broad range of products includes VACON® drives that provide flexibility in the development of new equipment and modernization of existing installations. When new cranes are designed, Danfoss Drives is able to draw on years of experience related to applications and AC-drives technology to support the development.

Cooperation in analyzing the operation of drives using test cranes, and optimization of the controls, performance and system as a whole, are important areas of our expertise. And our wide service offering covers scheduled maintenance requirements and optimization of modernization packages.

Our engineering support and service teams are capable of assisting system integrators and crane manufacturers at all stages of projects from cabinet building to commissioning. Covering the full lifetime of the crane, our key services include technical support, start-up, maintenance, spare parts, upgrades and training.


Danfoss Drives is a world-leading, dedicated and passionate AC-drives specialist with widespread experience related to different crane types. Our knowhow includes AC drives in hoisting, cross and long travel, slewing and control of auxiliary equipment like cable reels, for example, in the following crane types:

  • Process cranes, such as ladle cranes for handling liquid metal
  • Tower cranes in construction sites
  • Container-handling cranes in harbors
  • Overhead cranes in many industries
  • Marine and offshore cranes
  • Chain hoists

Mining and Minerals

The growing world population and ever-increasing volume of people moving to and living in cities in many countries creates an ongoing need for new infrastructure. This, in turn, generates a continuous demand for mined resources. Mining companies who can build and efficiently and reliably operate their mine sites, processing facilities and supply chains with the lowest capital expenditure and operating costs are able to profitably fulfill demand for their mined resources even through volatile demand cycles. Danfoss AC drives have been reliably operating for years on many mine sites and processing facilities throughout the world, significantly contributing to these cost savings.

The mining and minerals industry presents some of the most challenging environments for production. Mine sites, mineral processing facilities and associated stockyards and port facilities are large scale and often in remote locations. Having the right equipment installed, backed up by available and competent support, is key.

Application engineering support throughout your project lifecycle

Danfoss Drives is a world-leading, dedicated and passionate AC-drives specialist with extensive mining and mineral processing references around the world.

The broad product portfolio is designed to fulfill all your mining- and processing-equipment application requirements. It includes the robust VACON® variable speed drives that offer both energy-efficient design and low power losses. They operate reliably over decades of use in harsh environments saving maintenance costs, ensuring better asset availability and providing you with the lowest cost of ownership. To achieve unique solutions in medium-voltage (MV) applications, we offer modular MV drives especially designed for rugged reliability in harsh conditions. All our drives integrate seamlessly into all common PLC fieldbus networks; our support engineers can easily demonstrate this so you are assured of ease of integration for trouble-free installation and commissioning. By optimizing AC drive applications, we can provide solutions that significantly reduce initial project and ongoing operating costs.

Our 100% dedication to drives, extensive experience in all mine-processing and bulk-material-handling facilities and widespread mining- and minerals-processing application and installation knowledge has enabled us to develop project support tools and the highest level of service competence in our local project support teams. Specialized support services are offered to mining companies, consultants, engineering service providers and contractors alike right from the initial feasibility study phase through the detailed design, execution and operation stages.

Drive and motor compatibility on long cable installations, regardless of which motor supplier has been chosen, and mains supply compatibility through harmonics calculations, reports and mitigation solutions are ensured.

Added value comes from our world-leading after-sales service and support that is available 24/7. No matter how remote your mine site is, help from our team of experts is always available.


From underground and open-cut mines, processing plants and stockyards and onto port facilities, our broad range of drives reliably control all mining- and mineral-processing equipment such as conveyors, feeders, slurry pumps, cyclone-feed pumps, tailings pumps, flotation cells, mine-dewatering pumps, mine-ventilation fans, crushers, vibrating screens, excavators, stackers, reclaimers and ship loaders.