Engineers at Belgian crane manufacturer Arcomet has developed innovative self-erecting mobile crane technology that is said to be safer and more efficient than the conventional alternative. Working with
The device was developed at the
Consequently, the crane does not require additional sensors to detect sideways movements and will reduce the sway motion by a factor of three, the developers claim.
Cranes, which often monopolise building sites, are highly inefficient in their current static guise. Typically, once they have been erected, they remain in the same place until the job is finished. David Janssen, project manager at Arcomet, the lead partner of the project in
Mobile self-erecting cranes eliminate this inefficiency by moving swiftly from one building site to another, completing the work in hours before moving on.
Such changes to conventional crane technology had a knock on-effect on the design of related equipment, in particular the truck or loader which carries the crane. The chassis was remodelled so that it was lower and would be no higher than 4m, giving more stability to allow the crane to be moved to all parts of the site. Janssen said more engineering was required for the gearbox and a greater emphasis on electrical components was needed on the crane.
With the swift installation and removal of large machinery, coupled with the nature of its work, safety is a key issue.
Arcomet has secured 15 orders for the new cranes in the