In the world today, efficiency is everything. A lack of efficiency causes companies, businesses, and self-employers to fall behind in the blink of an eye. A well-working team of individuals, equipment, and other components doesn’t transform overnight; it’s a process that requires intentionality and practice. A team of surgeons that works to do orthopedic joint replacements has experience, knowledge of their practice, and a confidence in their machines and tools used to do the work. Eventually, humans and tools age, and education becomes outdated. Efficiency decreases, safety is put at risk, and overall productivity is compromised. In the case of large machinery, outdated equipment produces the same effects as a lacking team of medical professionals. Like a new joint, crane modernization will trigger a burst of life in your machinery. Regardless of the equipment that needs an upgrade, modernization is a viable path that will work to guard and increase your original investment.
Crane Reliability Study. The best place to start is with a crane reliability study which will provide insight into the structural function of the crane as well as the integrity of the electrical and mechanical components. Load and duty requirements and maintenance history will be studied and an analysis will be completed. The analysis will compare the information gathered from the study with the performance needs. With this knowledge, the most applicable system upgrade and modernization plan will be offered.
Increased Efficiency. Modernization is typically done to improve performance and safety. With the appropriate upgrade, your efficiency will be ameliorated. Variable frequency drives (VFD) are capable of augmenting productivity and extending the life of the crane. This state-of-the-art technology only consumes the least amount of power possible. They are able to vacillate between higher and lower load and motor speeds. This decreases energy costs since it allows the crane to adjust accordingly.
Safety Control. Not only do VFDs allow workers to stand away from the load that is being moved, but they also add other safety mechanisms. Controlling the possibility of overload, hazardous load swing, preventing overheating, and monitoring rapid increase in torque are all capabilities of the VFDs. They also aid in smoother acceleration and deceleration, thereby more accurately regulating load swing and starts and stops of loads. Controlled acceleration allows motors to run cooler and enables soft starts and stops.
Lower Costs. In many cases, original manufacturers of cranes designed the machine to withstand significantly greater forces than what is necessary. In typical, day-to-day operations, a crane does not need this amount of support. Like most updated technology, with crane modernization, you’ll be able to run your equipment more efficiently at a lower cost, as described above. Not only does efficiency amplify, but with improved safety, you’ll be paying less for injuries. Ultimately, upgrades will extend your original investment and you’ll end up with less maintenance costs.
The VFDs have been discussed, but in addition to those, a crane can receive other upgrades. Modernized electrical systems, better drive controls, hoist system improvements, higher lifting capacity, wireless remote controls, and speed and motion controls are just a few of the examples of other upgrades. By taking the time and money to modernize your crane, you will save money, improve safety, and increase efficiency, all benefiting your company in the long run.