SMIE demonstrates remote control and automation of tower cranes


Following the announcement of a self-driving crane module at the bauma 2019 expo, SMIE has demonstrated the remote control and automation of tower cranes. Using a remote 4G system, SMIE connected a tower crane installed with the SMIE ProSite anti-collision system to their simulator training system installed 300km away, without any hardware modification to the crane. The setup requires only a viable 3G or 4G connection, and where this is not possible, a Wi-Fi connected system with direct internet connection can be used instead.

Nick Palfrey, chief marketing officer, SMIE, said: “For us, this is once again a conceptual exercise in how we as a technology provider can push the envelope. Whilst the technology works and is entirely useable, we are not presenting this as a solution for our customers to adopt immediately. In our view, this is part of a wider set of solutions that we are creating to make jobsites smarter.”

Vincent Brach, technical director and industry expert, added: “We are achieving transfer rates of less than 100 milliseconds which is substantial and well below the levels of what is required to remotely control a crane. We added a safety feature to put the crane into a safety mode if this margin exceeds 100 milliseconds.”

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