INSTALLATION OPTIONS

Open Loop. Open Loop Anti-sway operates “blind” except for continuous input of hoist, trolley, and crane positions.  Mathematical algorithms apply just the right amount of horizontal acceleration at the right time, to effect a swing-free move.  With high-fidelity motor response to SmartCrane’s variable speed demand, any load can be moved to a new position with no residual sway.

Closed Loop. Closed Loop is required for precise moves to a destination, or for removal of sway induced by non-vertical lift or other causes.  SmartCrane’s products integrate these two methods seamlessly for maximum effectiveness.  Closed loop motion control requires real time sway measurements.  SmartCrane offers a  machine vision camera mounted on the trolley above a passive reflector on the head block or hook, and/or 6DOF Inertial Measurement Unit on hook or head block.  SmartCrane uses the tracking data to remove sway at initial hoist and to make final adjustments to minimize both residual sway and position error simultaneously.

Hardware. SmartCrane offers a number of machine options to support its software.  For highly complex installations requiring travel in up to three dimensions and around obstacles, an external PC may be required.  If both open- and closed-loop solutions are needed, all anti-sway software is hosted in a single, small machine vision SmartCamera (called All-in-One).  For simple open-loop sway control in a crane that already has its own PLC, SmartCrane offers a function block library to host the anti-sway algorithms.  For the basic crane without a PLC, SmartCrane offers a complete solution including mobile controller, hoist sensor, and operator display at a surprisingly affordable cost.

PLC Interface.  The SmartCrane external PC and SmartCamera both operate on an Ethernet LAN, exchanging data with using industry standard MODBUS-TCP. SmartCrane can supply or recommend Ethernet Gateways proprietary networks if Ethernet is not supported.

Touch Screen Control.  Graphics and pushbuttons on one of several versions and screen sizes, from 12” to 17”.  The touch screen may be mounted in the crane cab or remotely.  Multiple cranes can be controlled from a single remote station.

 


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WHAT’S NEW

At Last--Entry Level Antisway.  SmartCrane announces the launch of its new AntiswayComplete product designed specifically for smaller cranes with no PLC or controller.  Upgrade your simple overhead crane with contactor controls to a safe, efficient, easy-to-use, automated crane with SmartCrane’s hardware and software.  Functions include operator-assist antisway control or pushbutton automatic move to one of five destinations.  Package includes 32-bit SmartController with high protection rating IP 67, commissioning display, relays, lights, buttons, and wiring components.  Assemble it yourself from the kit or order custom factory installation in your choice of cabinets.   No programming required: all easy-to-use commissioning steps are supported using the commissioning display screen.   All at a surprisingly low price.  Call or email for more information.


WHY AUTOMATE?

Improved Safety.  SmartCrane’s fully automated move controls the load, prevents dangerous sway at every phase, and stops the load precisely at the target, every time. This eliminates the need for people to handle loads or attach guide straps or ropes.  The load always behaves itself, without endangering workers.

Increased Productivity. SmartCrane automatic moves take place at full rated speeds, accelerating and decelerating within rated motor ramps.  Cyclic duty cranes, as in maritime container operations, experience immediate productivity gains of 30% or more.

Reduced Structural Stress. Every uncontrolled swing of a load places horizontal stress on the crane structure, eventually leading to stress cracks or failure.  SmartCrane’s sway control limits the sway to the minimum needed to accelerate and decelerate the load at the ends of the move, or at turns.  SmartCrane’s optional S-Curve smoothing coddles structures and operators alike.

Reduced Training Requirements.  With SmartCrane, even an untrained operator can move any crane at full speed to the destination, with a simple press of a button.  SmartCrane’s optional touch screen interface can be customized to any operating requirement.

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Anti-Sway Automation for Any Crane

Anti-Sway Automation for Any Crane

WE AUTOMATE CRANES

Moving heavy loads by crane is dangerous and time consuming, requiring extensive operator training.  SmartCrane’s antisway software provides fly-by-wire control of crane motion, allowing safe moves at maximum rated speed, every time, with minimal training required.