Intelligent Solutions in Lifting Technology
The term Industry 4.0 describes the intertwining of industrial production with information and communication technologies, resulting in intelligent value chains. Comprehensive networking, automated communication and the analysis of collected data call for new technologies in production and crane systems. With the programmable SMC multicontroller and the latest generation of frequency inverters, STAHL CraneSystems offers intelligent solutions for crane and hoisting technology.
At the end of the 18th century, mechanisation by steam and water power heralded the first industrial revolution and radically changed the economy and society through new production methods. With the invention of the assembly line and the beginning of mass production at the end of the 19th century as well as the digital revolution at the end of the 20th century, two further developments caused major upheavals in almost all spheres of life. Under the catchword “Industry 4.0”, a further change is currently taking place in industrial production: systems are being linked to enable communication and interaction between people, machines, plants, processes and products – turning rigid production steps into flexible value-added networks. Data from sensors, systems and processes are recorded, processed, shared and evaluated in real time. The networks thus function autonomously on a data basis and are able to exchange information and control themselves.
STAHL CraneSystems - Partners in Motion Control
As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hoist and crane technology, we set an early course for a strong future. We are constantly developing our extensive product portfolio to match modern requirements – the sky is the limit! The programmable SMC multicontroller from STAHL CraneSystems, for example, has long been a key element for intelligent communication and networking between hoist and crane systems, including data analysis and transmission.
Industry 4.0 is promoting not only partnerships at production level, but also cooperation between different departments within enterprises and between enterprises. Magnetek is our strong cooperation partner and is also a member of the Columbus McKinnon family. The company is one of America’s largest suppliers of digital drive and motion control systems for industrial cranes and hoists.
Together as partners in motion control, we will boost our innovative capacity and set new future standards for the industry. Networked centres of excellence at various locations will provide the foundation, where engineers and technicians conduct research and development.
Intelligent Solutions for Production Plants
STAHL CraneSystems offers intelligent solutions for digitisation and networking in production plants.
The SMC multicontroller from STAHL CraneSystems is used whenever maximum working safety and process reliability are required in crane operations, together with intelligent networking. It is a programmable control and evaluation device for hoist and crane technology.
Other components for the intelligent networking of crane systems are the latest generation of frequency converters from Magnetek. They can be configured via external software or directly via inputs on the display.
Digital transparency reduces maintenance costs and improves safety
One of the cornerstones of Industry 4.0 is predictive maintenance. It differs from reactive maintenance, where faults are only repaired after they have occurred, and preventive maintenance, which replaces parts that are possibly still working well at fixed intervals as a precaution. In predictive maintenance, the wear of individual parts can be calculated better with the help of the data collected on a system. This means that failures can be prevented with selective maintenance measures. The SMC multicontroller, RCM remote condition monitoring system and frequency inverters record parameters relevant for maintenance with the help of functions such as brake monitoring, automatic load control and load spectrum recorder. Sway control and slack rope monitoring prevent dangerous swinging and tipping over of the load. The frequency inverters reduce the energy consumption of the system through efficient power recovery and enable intelligent motor management. Crane and crab distance protection as well as work area limits define areas which the crane or hoist may not enter. These areas are fixed using photo-electric barriers or laser measuring systems and can optionally be extended with PLC controls and touch panels. The products from STAHL CraneSystems and Magnetek thus enable more effective system management, predictive maintenance and higher occupational safety through networking and data analysis.
- Operating data acquisition
- Load spectrum recorder
- Automatic load control (ALC)
- Motor management
- Load monitoring
- Extended speed range (ESR)
- Load early warning
- Brake monitoring
- Tandem operation
- Sway control
- Slack rope monitoring
- Efficient power recovery
- Load display
- Crane interlock
- Work area limits
- Follow me function