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The crane industry in the age of Industry 4.0

As a generally the case in modern warehouse and order picking enviroments, the trend in the crane industry is also moving increasingly in the direction of ergonomic workplace design and systems that run more smoothly by using materials like aluminium that move easily.

16 Nov. 2015
Unilift Vetter Krane
Ergonomic workplace design is also playing an ever more important role in crane building.

"In the context of demographic change, we have to think in practical terms about how we can reduce the workload on employees in logistics and thus increase people’s capacity to work in a sustainable way", says Marc Rieser, Managing Director of VETTER Krantechnik GmbH based in Siegen. "Individual solutions that meet the customer’s requirements and short delivery times will be in demand in future." The issue of Industry 4.0 is also playing an ever more important role in his industry. "In crane construction in particular, this means that ‘preventive maintenance’ modules may be used to increase system availability and reduce downtimes."

He is expecting significant stimulus to come from CeMAT 2016 in this context, especially for medium-sized companies. The issue of Industry 4.0 now affects everyone.

"It would be interesting for us to find out how machines and crane systems can be networked in practical terms – especially in relation to manually operated workplace cranes. And as faras preventive service modules are concerned: what does the lifting equipment industry currently offer?"

Marc Rieser, Managing Director of VETTER Krantechnik GmbH

"As in many other areas, the trend in the crane industry is moving clearly in the direction of intelligent systems in the context of Industry 4.0", explains Thomas Kraus, Support Center Director with Künzelsauer STAHL CraneSystems GmbH.

"Linking the individual process steps to form a whole is increasingly involving crane systems, too." Control of the crane systems by tablet or smart gadget, collection and evaluation of process data – all of this will shape the industry in the medium term.

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