Konecranes Introduces DynAPilot Sway Control System for Overhead Lifting Equipment

Konecranes, Inc., Springfield, Ohio, introduces the DynAPilot sway control system, designed to improve load control for all makes and models of overhead lifting equipment. Precise load control with anti-sway technology helps to increase productivity by improving operational efficiency and minimizing downtime. The sway control system can be integrated into the bridge or trolley inverter of the crane to provide controlled operation for loads of all types and sizes. The system allows operators to safely move loads at higher speeds while positioning the load accurately. By automatically dampening load sway, the system also helps to maximize uptime by reducing the likelihood of load mishaps that can lead to production delays and shutdowns, according to the company.

Before the introduction of automated sway control, combating load sway was the crane operator's job, and a demanding skill that requires him or her to divide attention between controlling crane movements and monitoring the load itself.

The DynAPilot integrated electronic system allows the operator to concentrate on the surrounding environment and select a safe travelling path. Even new or less experienced crane operators can control and position loads with precision and predictability and operate all motions simultaneously both in manual and automatic modes.

The system calculates the optimal acceleration path using load height information and operator commands to detect and curtail load sway before it happens. The system also lowers the probability of grab collisions with walls and nearby equipment, protecting the load and reducing downtime and costs for repairs and clean-ups. It also helps to reduce maintenance needs by optimizing motor torque usage, lessening the burden on travelling motors and reducing stress on wire ropes, power cables, rope drums, crane structural components, the crane runway, and brakes.

DynAPilot is designed to be ideal for process and industrial cranes with trolley or bridge movements, in environments where critical load handling and shipping and storage activities take place, such as steel, aluminum, and copper facilities. It is also engineered for handling heavy or fragile loads in general manufacturing, glass handling, paper mills, automotive manufacturing and assembly, and the resources and energy sectors.