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Konecranes’ High Performance SMARTON Crane System to Showcase at NMW

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Konecranes  will be displaying a high performance modular crane system designed to maximise safety while minimising energy consumption and downtime at the National Manufacturing Week (NMW) in May 2011.  

The SMARTON modular crane system is designed for optimum flexibility and reliability in challenging and changing environments, saving building and building services costs by fitting into smaller structures.  

Offering capacities initially up to 160 tonnes and progressively extending to 500 tonnes, SMARTON modular cranes find application in steel and paper plants, automotive and general manufacturing, energy plants, waste-to-energy, automatic storage systems, workshops as well as mining and resources facilities.  

Konecranes Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr Warren Ashton comments that the SMARTON technology represents decades of global experience by the Konecranes group, which is the world’s largest supplier of industrial cranes as well as a leading crane service organisation.  

He says that a key driver of the SMARTON design was modularity, allowing every customer to select the features they needed for their process.  

Mr Ashton says that SMARTON technology is designed to lift cash flow by gauging costs per tonne over the equipment’s years of service, including initial investment, operator costs, energy and spare parts consumption in addition to maintenance and downtime costs.  

Key features of SMARTON modular crane systems:  

Space-efficient design 

  • Smaller profile saves costs and can be housed in smaller as well as more energy-efficient and material-efficient buildings
  • Adjustable working limits technology allows heavy loads to be limited to specific areas of the crane, enabling lighter construction in non-load areas
  • Flexibility of the technology eliminates need to invest in auxiliary hoists


  • Consists of 98% recyclable components
  • Innovative regenerative network braking systems that feed energy back into the power grid
  • Excellent power factors
  • Compensation for voltage variation and power grid disturbances
  • Suppression of harmonic distortions
  • Standardised motor voltages
  • Eliminates need for EMC filters and smaller spare parts inventory

New global standards for safety and efficiency 

  • Anti-sway technology automatically prevents the load from swaying
  • Shock load prevention feature prevents sudden jolts when starting lifting and during lifting with loose slings
  • Adjustable working limits facilitate smooth stop in the hoisting position and in the usual work cycle, preventing damage to the crane or loads
  • Pre-set protected areas can be programmed to deny crane access to potentially hazardous areas
  • Keyless operation using operator’s pin code prevents unauthorised use

User-friendly operation 

  • HIM (Human Interface to Machine) technology shows load location, load tonnage, approaching area limits and target position
  • HIM warns the operator in advance when the crane is approaching its working limits and gives timely warnings of upcoming maintenance requirements
  • Stepless speed control with optimal speed for each job
  • Speed gradations range from micro speeds and inching mode through to an extended speed range that increases operating speed depending on the weight of the load
  • Intelligent acceleration ramps are applied close to walls and protected area limits
  • Small hook block fits into places that other hooks cannot

Designed with optimised maintenance in mind 

  • Proactive service based on proven predictive maintenance programme
  • Maintenance counters on the diagnostics interface inform operators when and what checkups for preventive service work are required
  • Maintenance interface functions as a troubleshooting tool for quick problem solving to minimise downtime  
  • Konecranes’ global service network ensures spare parts are always in stock

The SMARTON crane system can be seen on Stand 3008 (Materials Handling) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 24 to May 27, 2011.

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