Crane Automation Systems

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Crane Automation Increases Safety, Uptime & Productivity

Our automated crane systems are designed to improve safety, uptime and productivity in your facility. Not only does automation technology allow you to build safety right into equipment with no-fly zones and off-center pick prevention, it also provides you with real-time data and information that enables you to improve operational efficiency and make smarter decisions, faster. Access to real-time data through crane automation systems allows you to better:

  • Plan for maintenance
  • Predict equipment failures
  • Identify needs for operator training
  • View and monitor single or multiple pieces of equipment within a facility 

Browse through our Intelli-Crane™ family of automated crane systems to learn more. With decades of experience in crane automation, we're here to provide you with the expertise to get your system up and running. Reach out to us to learn more about the impact crane automation can have in your facility.

Automated Crane Industries & Applications

We are experienced. For more than 20 years, we have provided customers with technology solutions and components for automated crane systems. Our automation division understands the challenges and benefits of utilizing automation in applications throughout many industries, ranging from automotive and metals production to power generation and construction. Here are a few examples of where our automated crane systems have been used.

This technology, combining variable frequency drives, radio remote controls, limit switches, and sensors, is used to designate areas where a crane should slow down or stop to prevent suspended loads from injuring an operator or colliding with equipment. Be sure to consider Intelli-Protect for your next no-fly zone application.

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Swinging loads, whether caused by misalignment or snags, are not only dangerous for your employees but can damage equipment, resulting in costly repairs and downtime. Our off-center pick detection technology detects a load misalignment or snag condition and alerts operators with a visible and audible warning. Intelli-Lift is the perfect match for off-center pick detection.

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From steel coils and automotive dies to lumber and boat storage and retrieval systems, we've handled them all. Our automated systems are proven to increase storage space and efficiency in a variety of applications.

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This important feature ensures that multiple hoists lift and traverse one item while moving in tandem with a piece of equipment on the ground (eg. conveyor). This allows a single operator to mate two items on an assembly line safely and more efficiently.

Automated Bus Assembly Monorail System Case Study

When two or more cranes are required to move a single load, our technology can synchronize the motions of multiple cranes with the use of a single remote control. Using this technology with drive synchronization software also helps assure safe movement to minimize the risk of damage to crane equipment as well as the product being moved.

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We designed and installed a customized overhead material delivery system that automated and integrated nine overhead monorail carriers from two separate wheel and strut delivery lines through a single, shared paint line process for the U.S. Air Force. We did this using Magnetek's IMPULSE® drives and conductor bar systems.

Automated Wheel and Strut Paint Line Monorail System Case Study

In marine applications, like a shipyard, our multi-level collision avoidance systems can help eliminate accidents when several overhead crane systems are running at once.

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When there are machine tools or robotic arms operating on the ground that can interfere with the path of an overhead crane, we can develop a variable no fly zone. This enables the floor device and crane to communicate, eliminating the chance for collision.

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Our Intelli-Connect™ data analytics technology enables quick and easy programming, maintenance, monitoring, and troubleshooting of overhead cranes and hoists right from your smartphone. With diagnostic information available at your fingertips, you can address issues more quickly, plan maintenance, and ultimately reduce downtime.

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In the automotive industry, we've assisted in creating an automated electro-static painting system consisting of four identical dipping cranes working congruently over one tank line. We've also assisted in dip tank treatment in the steel industry. Automating dip tank treatment is a great way to increase safety by removing workers from the vicinity of hazardous chemicals or high voltage used in electro-static painting on automotive assembly lines. Intelli-Guide is an excellent option for your next auto-dispatch application.

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Engineered-to-Order Solutions

From power generation and food handling to aerospace and steel making, our automation team is well-versed in building the right automated crane solution to meet your needs. Take the first step to increasing the safety, uptime and productivity in your facility by having a conversation with our experienced automation team members. We'll discuss your goals, timelines, specs and more to help design the right automated system for you.

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WATCH: Introduction to IMPULSE®·G+/VG+ Series 5 Variable Frequency Drives

New Magnetek-brand IMPULSE Series 5 Variable Frequency Drives are designed to serve as the intelligent foundation for overhead cranes and hoist systems. This recorded webinar provides a detailed look at the new IMPULSE·G+/VG+ Series 5 VFDs and their proper application for overhead cranes.

This webinar covers:

  • Introduction of IMPULSE·G+/VG+ Series 5
  • Comparison to IMPULSE·G+/VG+ Series 4
  • Improvement Highlights
  • New Features
  • Available Accessories
  • Upcoming Product Updates
  • Documentation & Resources
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Recent Blogs & Case Studies About Crane Automation

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Three Ways Automation Technology Can Improve Your Facility & Operations

Do you have technology in place to help you plan maintenance to prevent costly downtime? Do your processes suffer from complexity that causes variations in product quality? Let's take a closer look at three ways automation can improve your facility and operations.

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