Powerful machines with a great capacity for lifting, and cranes are the musclebound giants of the job site. A casual observer could be forgiven for thinking there’s not much more to them than brute strength and a long reach, but with heavyweights being suspended overworking sites, safety is king. Modern technology is ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏing the paper lift plans of the past and replacing them with digital procedures produced by computer programs. This is how the world of cranes is changing.

At the Bauma 2019 trade show, Original Equipment ᴍᴀɴufacturers showcased state-of-the-art fleet ᴍᴀɴagement capabilities through telematics, alongside control and training systems, aimed at keeping operators and rental companies at the top of their game. An area that has long been a subject for discussion is machines that can drive themselves – in this case – the autonomous crane. This notion is now one step ᴄʟᴏsᴇr to becoming a reality, claims French crane anti-collision expert SMIE.

Though fully autonomous cranes could supply some relief in the future, the industry’s sᴋɪʟʟs shortage is a very real problem today. To construct what it calls the Jobsite for anybody, Jᴀᴘᴀɴese producer Kobelco is advancing its research and development efforts. Kobelco thinks that its goal as a ᴍᴀɴufacturer of cranes should be to get rid of the difficult situations that can occur during lift operations. Kobelco asserts that OEMs must figure out a means to facilitate effective construction site work in order to deal with a drop in the number of technical staff with the necessary sᴋɪʟʟs.

In addition to enhancing safety, Kobelco is now working on technology that could reduce labor costs connected with assembling crawler cranes. These duties now deᴍᴀɴd a lot of huᴍᴀɴ engagement and expertise. The business has been developing a concept project that would enable machine remote control from any location in the world. The K-Dive initiative, currently in the testing phase, would see fifth-generation network connectivity facilitate the operation of site machinery while operators sit in an office-like environment.

The design has so far only been demonstrated on executors, but it is a principle design that could be implemented with various types of equipment, including cranes. Cameras would be placed around the machine to offer the operator a live stream of the job, directly to their monitors, allowing them to observe what is happening at the site.

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