The vision of Danieli Centro Cranes is not only to improve the operating conditions of the cranes and operators, but to offer complete control of operations sequencing, data monitoring and storing, crane data processing and preventive maintenance, and to transform the cranes into authentic, automatic unmanned tools: the intelligent operational “hand” of plant and production scheduling software.
Crane operations shall become completely automatic and, in case human overview is still needed for safety or legally mandated requirements, this could be supervised in remote mode.
Significant reductions in plant operating costs and improved plant efficiency can be established thanks to progressively increased automatic and remote control of crane operations.
The most recent improvement for achieving reliable and automatic system to intelligently handle the products is the “object vision”, which defines the actual load position for lifting. The crane is no longer a blind executor of missions directed by a higher automation level, but it is the smart tool within an unmanned environment.
Facing this “real world” means equipping the crane with intelligent sensors, not only able to detect objects but also to characterize the object, by means of image processing software, to detect maintenance requests automatically, and to create historic data of plant operations and machines efficiency.
"The future of the cranes is not only to be an automatic unmanned tool, but also to be a source of digital data for equipment and plant operations analysis aiming for a continuous improvement of equipment design and efficiency."