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Konecranes introduces new sway control system for overhead lifting equipment

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Konecranes introduces new sway control system for overhead lifting equipment

May 25, 2010 - 20:34
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SPRINGFIELD, OH, May 25, 2010 (Press Release) -Konecranes, Inc., an industry leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of overhead cranes, introduces the DynAPilot sway control system, designed to improve load control for all makes and models of overhead lifting equipment. The DynAPilot sway control system can be integrated into the bridge or trolley inverter of the crane to provide controlled operation for loads of all types and sizes.

Precise load control with the advanced DynAPilot anti-sway technology helps to increase productivity by improving operational efficiency and minimizing downtime. The accurate anti-sway control of DynAPilot allows operators to safely move loads at higher speeds while positioning the load accurately. They can also apply faster speeds in process areas where the crane or trolley traditionally required operation at slower speeds, even close to walls. By automatically dampening load sway, DynAPilot also helps to maximize uptime by reducing the likelihood of load mishaps that can lead to production delays and shutdowns.

DynAPilot has been designed to minimize load sway due to normal crane movements. Before the introduction of automated sway control, combating load sway was the crane operator's job. It is a demanding skill that requires the operator to divide attention between controlling crane movements and monitoring the load itself. The DynAPilot integrated electronic system allows the operator to concentrate on the surrounding environment and select a safe travelling path. Even new or less experienced crane operators can control and position loads with precision and predictability and operate all motions simultaneously both in manual and automatic modes.

Unpredictable load sway not only makes load positioning more difficult, but it can also cause serious harm to employees or damage adjacent equipment or the load itself. The DynAPilot sway control system calculates the optimal acceleration path using load height information and operator commands to detect and curtail load sway before it happens. The system also lowers the probability of grab collisions with walls and nearby equipment, protecting the load and reducing downtime and costs for repairs and clean-ups. DynAPilot also helps to reduce maintenance needs by optimizing motor torque usage, lessening the burden on travelling motors and reducing stress on wire ropes, power cables, rope drums, crane structural components, the crane runway, and brakes.

DynAPilot from Konecranes is ideal for process and industrial cranes with trolley or bridge movements, in environments where critical load handling and shipping and storage activities take place, such as steel, aluminum, and copper facilities. DynAPilot is also ideal for handling heavy or fragile loads in general manufacturing, glass handling, paper mills, automotive manufacturing and assembly, and the resources and energy sectors.