Crane with a brain of­fers flex­i­bil­ity and adapt­abil­ity

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH - FOR MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION ON SMART FEA­TURES AND HOW THEY IM­PROVE THE SAFETY AND EF­FI­CIENCY OF THE SMARTON CRANE, SEE THE VIDEO LINK BE­LOW, OR VISIT THE KONECRANES WEB­SITE, WWW.KONECRANES.COM.

Konecranes Smarton ‘crane with a brain’ is a mo­d­ule- based sys­tem of crane tech­nol­ogy that pro­vides cus­tomers great flex­i­bil­ity in adapt­ing their equip­ment to the evolv­ing needs of their op­er­a­tions.

Smarton’s evo­lu­tion­ary de­sign is based on sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in crane tech­nol­ogy in proven mod­u­lar com­po­nents and fea­tures. This means that the crane can eas­ily be up­dated with smart so­lu­tions, such as au­to­mated po­si­tion­ing, ex­tended speed range, de­fined work­ing ar­eas, main­te­nance mon­i­tor­ing or re­mote di­ag­nos­tics, to meet changes in the cus­tomer’s busi­ness and process needs.

“Mo­du­lar­ity is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for grow­ing com­pa­nies, where changes in work­force, work­shop size or work­shop lay­out may be sig­nif­i­cant and re­quire the crane to be highly adapt­able,” says John Bai­ley, Gen­eral Man­ager, Ser­vice De­vel­op­ment, Konecranes Aus­trala­sia.

“Mo­du­lar­ity is also im­por­tant to us as a crane man­u­fac­turer, be­cause cus­tomer needs vary con­sid­er­ably from in­dus­try to in­dus­try, as well as from one lo­ca­tion to an­other, so there is a clear need for a prod­uct that adapts to th­ese dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments.”

In­dus­tries that use Smarton cranes – in ca­pac­i­ties from 6.3 to 250 tons with sin­gle trol­ley and 500 tons with two trol­leys – in­clude pa­per, au­to­mo­tive, power, steel, gen­eral man­u­fac­tur­ing, work­shops, stor­age sys­tems and min­ing.

An­other ad­van­tage of the Smarton crane is that it mon­i­tors its own con­di­tion and rec­om­mends when and what kinds of in­spec­tion or pre­ven­tive main­te­nance should be per­formed. This way, the cus­tomer can bet­ter plan and min­imise main­te­nance shut­downs, thereby max­imis­ing up­time and sav­ing costs.

“Smarton presents an evo­lu­tion in crane tech­nol­ogy, de­signed to max­imise cus­tomer pro­duc­tiv­ity and min­imise to­tal life­cy­cle costs,” says Bai­ley.

“Smarton is a ro­bust crane that is com­pact in size. This en­ables new in­dus­trial spa­ces to be smaller than be­fore, re­duc­ing con­struc­tion costs and heat­ing ex­penses. The user can put the load down much closer to the wall, free­ing up valu­able floor space for other op­er­a­tions.”

NEW FEA­TURES

Konecranes re­cently in­tro­duced a range of new high-tech fea­tures to its proven Smarton crane, to fur­ther en­hance safety and ef­fi­ciency by fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing the user in­ter­face for crane oper­a­tors, cus­tomer ser­vice crews and cus­tomer man­age­ment.

The new Smarton in­cludes for ex­am­ple a tablet, which im­proves the user ex­pe­ri­ence. The tablet makes crane op­er­a­tion eas­ier and more pro­duc­tive as the op­er­a­tor re­ceives crane and process re­lated in­for­ma­tion di­rectly to the tablet and is able to make ad­just­ments to the crane. Op­tional cam­era views for safer and more ef­fec­tive load han­dling are also avail­able. The Smarton tablet is con­nected wire­lessly to the crane con­trol sys­tem pro­vid­ing ad­vanced crane con­di­tion data in real-time for the main­te­nance per­son­nel.

“The Smarton in­cludes Smart Fea­tures and Tru­con­nect Re­mote Ser­vices, avail­able to im­prove safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity of the cus­tomer’s lif ting pro­cesses,” says Mr Bai­ley.

“Smarton makes it now even eas­ier to tai­lor so­lu­tions for cus­tomers who want to get the ben­e­fits of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and have safety and a To­tal Cost of Own­er­ship ap­proach as part of their ‘DNA’. With flag­ship prod­ucts like Smarton, we want to make sure cus­tomers who need ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in their op­er­a­tions get it.”

Smart fea­tures in­clude: • Tar­get po­si­tion. • Work­ing lim­its. • Sway con­trol. • End po­si­tion­ing. • Shock load preven­tion. • Adap­tive speed range and

ex­tended speed range.

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