With crane automation, steel manufacturers can easily integrate cranes into their overall processes. All automated movement and product handling instructions are carried out according to the WMS-scheduled programme, considering the yard layout and the restricted areas for safety and optimal crane cycles for productivity.
A comprehensive set of advanced functionalities and algorithms helps reduce manual and repetitive tasks, improve crane availability, and achieve overall operational efficiency.
EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open IoT architecture that improves business efficiency by bringing visibility across all types of manufacturing environments. EcoStruxure Hoisting Expert is the dedicated application for hoisting and crane automation. The system collects all relevant data, from a multitude of smart devices to controls and advanced algorithms, and converges the information received by the ERP and the Warehouse Management System for intelligent decision-making.
Crane condition monitoring
Smart Yard Monitoring
Data analysis and predictive maintenance
The solution includes the measures and technologies to protect site personnel. Each project starts with a detailed risk assessment to evaluate organisational measures, crane and ground safety requirements and overall yard safety management. All safety aspects such as: restricted areas and access control of field personnel, crane movements and ground utilities, traffic control, are discussed between Schneider Electric and end users to manage and reduce the interaction between ground personnel and equipment.
Ground and utilities safety
Simplify and optimise the implementation of the latest Machine Safety Directives. We supply a complete and detailed risk analysis to help you achieve safety functions and required performance level and safety integrity level.
A high-precision closed-loop anti-sway system is implemented to reduce load sway and perform accurate positioning during all crane movements. Combined with advanced algorithms, positioning loop and form recognition, the configurable and proven anti-sway system can handle various types of load and handling tools.
Real-time scanning of the working area using 3D form recognition technology measuring on the fly and during crane positioning.
The latest remote CCTV technologies provide real-time monitoring cameras to supervise and control every crane movement and production schedules related to handling resources in the warehouse.
The system considers optimal path generation and obstacle avoidance by detecting in real time any new configuration of restricted area or safety zone and adapting trajectories instantly combining hoist, trolley, and gantry.
With a dedicated function block, the 4-rope grab regulation has been mastered over the years. The process helps optimise holding and closing movement, including closing on the stack sequence, and digging regulation. Combined with our anti-sway and semi-automatic cycle, it improves the crane’s overall efficiency.
Each crane travel is carried out with simultaneous and dynamic 3-axis control. Combining hoist, trolley, and gantry movements helps optimise travel time and increase logistics efficiency.
This solution is designed to detect any discrepancy between positioning and safety sensors. Speed reference is adjusted on both cranes to remain in operation and improve yard efficiency without production discontinuity.
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