Terex Material Handling has launched a new diagnostics system for crane installations with Demag StatusControl. The solution consists of an interface that is integrated into the crane installation, as well as associated software to visualise the status of the crane installation. Users can also access all relevant operating data with mobile devices based on Windows, such as notebooks or tablet PCs via WLAN or GSM at all times.
Demag StatusControl continuously supplies the latest operating data from connected crane installations, such as the remaining service life or elapsed operating datafor the travelling hoist. The system also analyses and interprets the actual condition of the cranes and hoist units on the basis of comparative data and pre-defined threshold values.
A colour code based on the traffic light system lets the user to see at a glance where work needs to be done. When the remaining service life drops below a certain level, rope hoists have to be given a general overhaul as specified by legal requirements, for example.
The traffic light system indicates this reliably and in good time and also helps to ensure that safety requirements are met as laid down by the FEM (the European Materials Handling Federation). Status reports also document the collected data and evaluations, which can be quickly accessed to obtain a history of the installation.
Carolin Paulus, vice president of Demag Service at Terex Material Handling said, “Demag StatusControl improves the operating reliability and availability of crane installations. Companies can be provided with a complete overview of the operating status of their crane installations at all times and, thanks to this cost-effective and preventive maintenance solution, they can avoid expensive repairs or unscheduled downtimes.
“With our IDAPSY diagnostic software, we were already the first manufacturer to introduce a tool that can read out rope hoist data.” However, since communication via IDAPSY uses a wired system, the data records had to be read out direct on the crane or rope hoist. Convenient remote monitoring with the new Demag StatusControl system now significantly reduces the effort involved in monitoring installations.
“Companies save time and money, since no other equipment, such as elevating work platforms, is needed in order to read out the data”, explains Paulus. Cranes equipped with contactor controls can now also be integrated. With Demag StatusControl, Terex Material Handling helps the owners of crane installations to plan their maintenance work: users receive information in good time regarding potential faults and risks and can intervene with preventive measures before processes are halted by costly interruptions. In this way, downtimes can be kept to a minimum. Because of the software’s intuitive user interface, no training is needed to use the system. The system can be employed in any crane installation, regardless of the brand or manufacturer, and can be retrofitted at any time.