Road to intelligent manufacturing for the crane equipment industry
As one of the eight categories of special equipment, crane equipment has always valued the safety of using. In recent years, Weihua Group has taken intelligent manufacturing as the focus point, to fully improve the quality of crane equipment and make progresses in intelligent productions and services.
Mr. NIU Li has pointed out several pain points the crane industry is facing.
“First, it is the high risk of operation; crane belong to special equipment, and can pose serious dangers, but in the traditional way, large cranes are mostly difficult to inspect, maintain and repair. The equipment status and the customer using behaviors are not transparent, so that the equipment health conditions cannot be predicted. For example, gantry cranes for port or mining operations can lift several hundreds of tons of stuff, which can be quite dangerous.
Second, equipment downtime can cause a number of losses. Cranes are commonly used in ports, metallurgy, nuclear power and other large-scale projects. They work in harsh environments such as those with high temperature, high humidity and high corrosion, which brings about high requirements for the parts used in the equipment. The deterioration of parts can seriously affect the operational performance of large equipment, while the lack of necessary monitoring means and the unexpected failure of equipment will greatly reduce production efficiency, and even cause production lines to stop operating, resulting in huge losses.
Third, it is the low efficiency and high cost for maintenance. In the traditional way to maintain and repair cranes, professional engineers are dispatched to some harsh environments where our cranes operate. Even so, the equipment failures are hard to inspect and the efficiency is low.”