Modern Load Stabilization Technology Can Help Operators Adapt to Demanding Projects
trong growth in large industrial and urban construction markets is creating excessive demand in the crane and construction sector. In other end-use industries such as mining, automotive, oil, and gas, etc., there is also a growing demand that puts pressure on crane operators to improve their operational efficiency and excellence.
While this rapid growth means the potential for growing profits, there is also a dark side. The construction industry’s hesitancy in adopting the advanced technological solutions that have revolutionized other sectors like manufacturing and shipping could mean they can’t keep up with the demand. Despite the overall sector lagging, the number of modern buildings, bridges, stadiums, warehouses, etc. being built are all rocketing ahead. As a result, today’s (and tomorrow’s) projects require a new level of precision and operational excellence.
Contractors must embrace high data volume, multilateral communication, and real-time interconnectedness between cyber-physical systems and people to meet this moment. Operators must also constantly improve how they deploy and maximize critical assets to meet and beat project deadlines, learn to focus on long-term growth, and adapt to new markets. Most importantly, everyone must learn to embrace change or risk being left behind.
Crane operators adapting to this new environment are re-examining long-held beliefs and processes. For example, how can you increase the efficiency of repeat pick and load placement? How can you cut down on costly injuries and the time that results?
One major piece of the puzzle is the emergence of autonomous load navigation systems that are capable of steadying loads. These systems effectively upskill tagline operators by giving them a remote pendant, which allows for greater control while keeping them out from under the load. Utilizing the advanced navigational and stabilization tech, tagline operators can also preprogram lift and place positions for repeat picks, creating massive efficiencies. A load navigation system would also empower the crane operators to continue working in windy conditions that would have previously shut down operations.
The current gold standard is Vita Industrial’s Load Navigator. The Navigator is the only system that offers dynamic load positioning, position hold, continuous load calibration, and other features that can increase crane and crew efficiency by 20-50% over traditional tag lines. The Navigator can also handle a wide variety of load weights and sizes – a critical feature for operations that take many different jobs and picks.
Faster and safer erection and dismantling of hoisting systems and technologies are also hallmarks of the Vita Load Navigator. These capabilities are vital in new and expanding markets such as energy, wind, panelized construction, high-rise work, and countless other applications.
There is an undeniable trend in the design, construction, and heavy industrial maintenance industries toward total job site management. Understanding and managing every aspect of operations through AI, camera systems, and related technologies is the functional modality for controlling project costs and increasing revenues and profits. A load navigation system will be crucial in this integrated systems approach to construction project success and profitability.