Konecranes Introduces RailQ Runway Survey

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Konecranes, Springfield, Ohio, has introduced RailQ Runway Survey, a unique alignment survey technology developed to provide fast, safe and accurate analysis using highly precise and state-of-the-art survey techniques with Konecranes-specific software to measure straightness, elevation, rail-to-rail elevation, and span of the rails. The result is a runway analysis that provides cost-effective solutions for any rail system, and for all makes and models of cranes, in less time. RailQ uses proprietary visualization technology and a remote-controlled robot trolley which runs along the rail collecting data via Bluetooth® technology and transferring the data to a total station to determine tracking issues and misalignments, critical problems which can potentially lead to accelerated wear, higher costs, and even failure.

At the total station, survey software processes the data for straightness, span, elevation, and rail-to-rail elevation. RailQ inspection methods can also verify the geometry of the crane structure and components, identifying problems that can result from geometric deficiencies.

Experienced crane engineers analyze all RailQ survey data and provide customers with proactive, cost-effective recommendations for corrective action. The expert analysis is supported by visualization software that produces accurate and dependable calculations. Engineers interpret the survey findings based on two-dimensional graphs, data spreadsheets, corrective action reports, and three-dimensional plots of the runway rails.

The RailQ testing method can reduce surveying time by more than 80 percent as compared to other runway survey methods by assessing all dimensions of the crane rail with one measurement—keeping downtime to a minimum. Traditional runway tests require three separate measurements to assess straightness, elevation, and span, requiring technicians to navigate the runway multiple times. With RailQ, technicians navigate the runway just once to obtain all distinct measurement data, reducing surveying time and significantly decreasing the technician's risk of fall and trip hazards.