The Intelligent Head of Your Crane

Do you operate or build industrial, indoor and overhead cranes? Improve the safety, functionality, and productivity of your equipment with next-generation intelligent crane automation. Harness years of practical experience, research, and development in the form of our compact, highly compatible control system.

Safety

Effectively protect your workforce and plant inventory by directly preventing accidents with our safety features. Avoid dangerous collisions with the load through application-guided obstacle training and visual definition of safety areas.

Functionality

Cranium has a highly modular design. Our control technology is based on the latest sophisticated mathematical models. If our controller is extended with the camera module, your crane is also optimally equipped for external disturbances.

Productivity

Our system eliminates annoying load sway during daily operations. With features such as automatic positioning, path tracking, load tracking, and skew correction, you further maximize the efficiency and durability of your equipment.

Modules

Our system is currently divided into the following three main modules.

Base

The base module is our Cranium control software, which runs on our compact industrial PC (also called controller). The controller is, for example, connected to your crane PLC via Ethernet TCP/IP. We have prepared specially developed and tested PLC modules for convenient integration into your control system. As the core of our automation technology, the base product offers you the following possibilities.

  • Open-loop anti-sway (pendulum damping)
  • Support for crane, trolley, and hoist travel
  • Adjustable end positions for all motion axes
  • Autonomous positioning for individual targets (also transferable via PLC)
  • Autonomous positioning for stored paths
  • Training of targets/paths by current axis positions
  • 3D visualization of stored targets/paths
  • Convenient, web-based user interface (also suitable for mobile use)
  • Guided commissioning, maintenance, diagnostics, and system update

Camera

The camera is connected to the controller via network cable and supplied with power via Power over Ethernet (PoE). For the spatial and geometric data of the load to be measured, a passive reference marker must be mounted to the load handling attachment in a visible position as a counterpart to the camera. The camera is aligned along the hoist axis, looking down from the trolley to the load handling attachment.

  • Real-time measurement of the load relative to the crane or trolley
  • Maximum distance to the fiducial marker of up to 60 m
  • Position of crane and trolley with an accuracy of up to 3 mm
  • Position relative to hoist with an accuracy of up to 30 mm
  • Rotation around hoist axis with an accuracy of 0.1°.
  • Closed-loop anti-sway (pendulum damping)
  • Higher precision and safety of the base functions due to measurement
  • Autonomous load stabilization in case of external disturbances
  • Autonomous load tracking with crane and trolley
  • Skew correction of the load at the push of a button

Area

Once the area software module is licensed, the following functionalities are available. These functions will effectively allow you to increase safety for your crane system and workforce significantly.

  • Obstacle volumes that the crane or load cannot travel through
  • Safety volumes that enforce reduced velocities
  • Autonomous collision avoidance in front of obstacle volumes
  • Autonomous velocity adaptation in safety volumes
  • Training of areas by current axis positions
  • 3D visualization together with saved targets/paths
  • Convenient, web-based area configuration

Roadmap

 

Here you have a short overview of additional functions that are planned or already in development. If you require upcoming features urgently, feel free to contact us at any time about possible cooperation in development projects.

 

* Timelines for the expected completion of individual features are estimates only and do not represent fixed release dates.

Q3 2021 Autonomous load tracking with crane and trolley travel ?
Q4 2021 Autonomous 3D pathfinding in the configured area *
Q1 2022 Pendulum-damped control of slewing gears
Q2 2022 Track control with support for different sensor types
Q3 2022 Collision avoidance between nearby overhead traveling cranes
Q4 2022 Additional sensors (e.g., laser) for container terminals
Q4 2022 Expansion of functions for container terminals
2023    Robust detection of partially obscured fiducial markers
2023    Robust detection of dynamic obstacles (like individuals)
2024    Intelligent cooperation of multiple cranes
2024    Additional sensors (e.g., gyroscope) for slewing cranes
2025    Expansion of functions for slewing cranes
2025    Robust collision avoidance with dynamic obstacles

? development completed
* currently in development

Looking for More?

Discover all the information about Cranium in our detailed manual. Available for download as PDF and always up-to-date in the online version.

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Your Contact

Martin Kirst, CEO

Any Questions?

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