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Crane Technology Matters (Part Two)

Mike James
Vice President and General Manager of Industrial Cranes

Chief among Konecranes’ contributions to crane technology is SMARTON®. SMARTON® is a module-based system of crane technology that provides customers great flexibility in adapting their equipment to the evolving needs of their operations.

Through SMARTON®, Konecranes works with customers to configure lifting equipment built according to their specific requirements. SMARTON® modules can be added later as a customer’s needs change. 

Not every application requires a “Smart” crane, but cranes last a long time. Crane applications and use typically change over time. As these changes occur a customer can re-visit the available features  to improve their operation.

SMARTON® helps businesses spread out the costs of new equipment, because it allows them to add modules for specific operational processes as they are needed and as financial resources allow.
What are some of these “SMART FEATURES” ?

  • Hook Sway prevention- “Dyna Pilot”
  • Automatic Positioning /load locating – In the past this was expensive automation.
  • ZONE control / restricted zone operation. Again in the past this was expensive automation.
  • Multiple Hoist  and complete crane synchronization
  • Multiple Load limits coordinated to Zone control.
  • Hoist speeds “tuned” to load size. Adaptive and Extended hoist speed ranges.

In addition to the above, remote monitoring and diagnostics are just a couple more of the many features available in SMARTON® modules.

Konecranes’ remote services program, TRUCONNECT®, increases the response time for repairs and helps the technician to arrive at the customer site with more knowledge of the issue at hand.
SMARTON® offers customers the advantage of quick response for maintenance needs and makes it easy for technicians to quickly identify the cause of problems. The SMARTON® service panel is designed to help technicians quickly get to the source of the problem. 

SMARTON® crane technology is designed to keep track of when preventive maintenance should be performed and predict the remaining life of various parts so they can be replaced or repaired before they fail and cause a costly and untimely disruption of service. SMARTON® crane technology minimizes production shutdowns.

The latest advance for high production, repetitive motion cranes is energy-saving capabilities. With SMARTON® Regeneration braking, energy trapped from lowering loads (Gravity) and Inertia from the slowing crane structure is engineered to return to the power grid as regenerated electricity, reducing energy consumption and costs by up to a third.  In a conventional crane this energy is burned up as heat mainly through resistors. 

SMARTON® cranes, and the exceptional advantages they provide, continue to demonstrate why crane technology matters.

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