29 November Positioning of Overhead Cranes November 29, 2017 By Gina Wurms logistics |UWB|, |Bluetooth Low Energy|, |server based|, |geofencing| 0 The use of a tracking system improves safety and productivity when working with suspension and overhead cranes. At a glance 2D/3D building maps localisation of individual overhead cranes geo-based danger zones to protect employees Problem Definition Overhead cranes are usually used for retrofitting a crane system in an existing hall. Due to their special design, even low warehouses can be converted into production halls. However, this also presents some risks for the employees. As soon as the load hook tears and people are under a overhead crane, an accident can quickly occur. Solution The individual overhead cranes are located by means of Indoor Tracking based on Ultra-wideband (UWB) and located in a digital map, to which every employee has mobile access via a terminal or app. By means of geofencing, virtual danger zones through borders are set up. If a person crosses such a limit, an alarm is triggered and the overhead crane immediately comes to a standstill. This prevents an employee from being hit by the heavy load. Technical Implementation In the hall, infsoft Locator Nodes are installed and connected to the power grid. infsoft Locator Tags with UWB module are attached to the overhead cranes themselves. The Locator Nodes scan their environment for signals from the Locator Tags and send the captured data to the infsoft LocAware platform®. Here they are collected in a database and sent to infsoft Indoor Tracking. Using an app or browser application, employees can access the data and see the location of the overhead crane on a map with an accuracy of less than 30 centimetres. With infsoft Indoor Tracking, additional attributes such as device type, inventory number and technical features are assigned to the locator tags, which can also be searched for. The safeguarding of hazardous areas is also possible. The employees carry a beacon in the form of an employee ID card. If a worker's beacon is detected in such an area, an alarm is triggered and the respective overhead crane is immediately stopped. All collected data is linked in real time and can be evaluated at any time in the form of graphs and diagrams via infsoft's Analytics Engine. Use Case PDF for download Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Positioning and Evacuation in the Mining Industry Indoor positioning can be used to quickly evacuate endangered persons underground in an emergency in mining or tunnels. In this way, carbon monoxide poisoning can be avoided and working conditions improved. In the event of a mine accident, assistance can be provided more quickly and, above all, in a more coordinated manner. Read More Indoor Positioning of Cars in a Car Showroom This application examples describes the indoor positioning of cars in a car showroom and an app which lets customers navigate to preferred cars. Read More Positioning of Waste Containers on a Disposal Plant A municipal waste disposal plant wants to improve the planning of garbage disposal by optimizing waste management. Accordingly, the waste containers should no longer be emptied according to a rigid plan, but depending on their actual and current filling level. Read More Positioning of Wagons in a Maintenance Facility A railway company has a large workshop hall, where wagons are parked on tracks in order to repair them. Indoor positioning technology helps tracking them. Read More Dead Man Control via Indoor Positioning A dead man's switch is used for work safety at individual workplaces or on dangerous machines. With infsoft Indoor Positioning, the position of the employee in question is forwarded to a control center in an emergency, so that help can be provided quickly in an emergency. Read More Positioning of Tractors By using a tracking system, any truck can be located in real-time on the premises of a tractor manufacturer. Read More Comments are closed.