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Innovations in Crane Technology

Theodore Haalstra
Director of Modernizations & Technical Support

Recent innovations in smart design and manufacturing are driving new crane technology. New cranes are modular, adaptable and intelligent. New technology has enabled cranes to be more compact and energy efficient, and will eventually render legacy systems obsolete.

For example, some new cranes offer robust, intelligently designed modules that can be easily configured to meet a wide variety of needs. With this new type of crane technology, users can change or add new features over time depending on the business need. Additional features could include remote diagnostics, maintenance monitoring or automated positioning. This new crane technology can scale with the business, enabling companies to be more nimble and realize a greater return on investment.

Further, some new cranes are equipped with intelligent service panels, allowing operators to diagnose and correct faults more quickly. The crane detects its condition automatically and communicates it to the operator via the service panel. It also recommends preventative service measures and inspections, so businesses can make smarter maintenance decisions, thus potentially extending the lifecycle of the product. It also helps to prevent unwanted and costly product downtime. Some new cranes even have remote monitoring capabilities, ensuring constant and consistent equipment support, in any location. In addition to maintenance monitoring, some new systems can also detect the load weight and positioning, helping operators make smarter decisions relative to available space.

Another innovation is a crane with optimized pulley rope angles, which extend the life of wire hoisting ropes. This makes the angles smaller, reducing wear on the rope. Smart systems also communicate the condition of wire ropes and recommend replacement when needed.

Additionally, new cranes are smaller, reducing the need for expensive building renovations. Because smaller cranes can operate in much tighter spaces, they can position loads more precisely. New, smaller cranes are also designed to be more energy efficient. New crane technology cycles energy back into the power grid, which greatly mitigates warehouse energy consumption and costs. Some cranes are even manufactured with recyclable materials, supporting a company’s goal of being more environmentally responsible.

New crane technology is superseding the cranes of yesteryear. With so many new innovations, companies can increase uptime, save on maintenance and energy costs, scale products with the business and extend the life of their investments.

Contact Konecranes to see how new crane technology can help your existing crane. For further information, view the Benefits of Crane Modernizations.

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