Konecranes adds more high-tech features to its heavy duty overhead crane – SMARTON

/INS. Smarton built-up heavy duty overhead cranes for demanding process, assembly and maintenance use, were first introduced in 2009 and sold around the world, including in South Africa.

SMARTON has a lifting capacity of up to 250 tons with a single trolley and up to 500 tons with two trolleys. The crane’s speed range is wide and duty classes range from M3 to M8.

“The main industries using the crane are paper, automotive, power and steel, with other customers from general manufacturing and mining”, says John MacDonald, Service, Sales & Marketing Director of Konecranes Southern Africa. “These are South Africa’s core industries and Smarton cranes are ideally suited for the often challenging environments here”.

Konecranes has now further developed the SMARTON crane. The revamped crane is designed to make lifting operations as safe, smooth and efficient as possible. The latest updates have been geared specifically towards improving the user interface for crane operators, customer service crews and management.

User-experience taken to the next level

The new SMARTON includes a tablet, which can be mounted to the radio controller or in the operator’s cabin. The tablet makes crane operation easier and more productive as the operator receives crane and process related information directly to the tablet and is able to make adjustments to the crane. Optional camera views for safer and more effective load handling are also available.

Easy to Maintain

For maintenance purposes, the SMARTON tablet provides advanced troubleshooting and condition information of the crane controls. Maintenance personnel can access real time information of the crane condition without the need to climb up to the crane service platform anymore and wireless operation allows flexible use even during crane operation.

“The SMARTON includes Smart Features and TRUCONNECT® Remote Services, available to improve safety and productivity of the customer’s lifting processes,” says Tero Jaakkola, Product Manager. “SMARTON makes it now even easier to tailor solutions for customers who want to get the benefits of the latest technology and have safety and a Total Cost of Ownership approach as part of their ‘DNA’. With flagship products like SMARTON, we want to make sure customers who need advanced technology in their operations get it.”

Adaptable to different requirements and industries

As customer needs vary considerably from industry to industry, as well as from one location to another, there is a clear need for a product that adapts to these different requirements.

Modular and expandable

In its basic form, SMARTON comes with many standard features that will benefit the customer’s production process. Even if the load-handling requirements are more complex, SMARTON offers the option to increase the intelligence of the crane further with added Smart Features.

Smarter lifting starts here

The use of the latest Smart Features such as SNAG PREVENTION, HOOK CENTERING and ACTIVE SWAY CONTROL help improve speed, accuracy and safety.

Latest Smart Features

• ACTIVE SWAY CONTROL limits load swing by controlling the bridge and trolley acceleration and deceleration. Sway Control allows faster load handling and more precise positioning. This feature also prevents damage to the load, crane, and surrounding area.
• HOOK CENTERING is designed to eliminate side pull during lifting by positioning the bridge and trolley automatically directly over the load. This feature means less wear and tear on your crane’s components, faster load cycle times and ease of operation.
• SNAG PREVENTION is designed to stop all crane movement if the hook, sling or load accidentally gets caught on something. This safety function reduces the risk of hazardous situations while moving loads and helps to prevent damage to the load, crane, and surrounding area.
“With its intelligent features and services, SMARTON showcases Konecranes’ technology leadership in the crane industry and will improve efficiency and safety of your production process” states John MacDonald Service, Sales and Marketing Director Konecranes South Africa.

Photo 1: Designed to enhance crane operation & maintenance, the Smarton tablet. © Konecranes

Photo 2: Available with a wide selection of software-based smart features. © Konecranes

Photo 3: SMARTON has a lifting capacity of up to 250 tons with one trolley. © Konecranes

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes. In 2013, Group sales totalled EUR 2,100 million. The Group has 11,800 employees at 600 locations in 48 countries. Konecranes is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR1V).

Further information:
Konecranes PTY LTD South Africa
5 Jurie Street, Alrode, Alberton
P.O.: Box 11713, Randhart 1457
John Macdonald, Service Sales & Marketing Manager
John.macdonald@konecranes.com or phone +27 11 864 2800

Lindy Nauta
E-mail: lindy@houtbaypr.co.za
Tel. +27 21 790 1198, Mobile +27 83 269 9545


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