4 industrial intelligence solutions for hoisting and cranes – Zoning system
Solution 2: The Zoning System
This article is the 2nd in a series of 4 demonstrating smart lifting solutions in today’s industry. Let’s see how the use of technology can solve safety issues related to hazardous work areas.
Sometimes a building’s configuration does not allow for much flexibility in terms of working areas. This may require the company to use lifting equipment such as an overhead crane in areas with critical machinery or moving personnel (such as a pedestrian walkway). In such circumstances, employees or equipment may be exposed to collisions. Personnel safety or equipment integrity is compromised. How do you address these situations?
Operator training on best practices and safety is essential. But to err is human, and it can cost a company dearly, not only financially, but also and especially in human terms. With such implications, it would be wise to explore technological solutions that can enhance safety.
Using sensors and controllers, it is possible to program no-go zones for lifting equipment. When the equipment approaches a predetermined critical location, it will decelerate and stop at the edge of the zone according to a preset program. A light indicator can even warn the operator of the reason for this stop. In addition, it is possible to install a unique key system that allows a specific employee to override these rules, for example to access a critical machine that only he or she is authorized to access.
These systems protect personnel and equipment from accidental maneuvers or lack of awareness. This results in increased safety in areas of the building where a combination of high-risk zones and lifting equipment is required.
Stay tuned for the solution that will be discussed in our next article: the anti-sway system.