Pre-internet assets lack the connectivity of newer pieces of equipment. These legacy devices, however, still have years of remaining value if they can be linked to the cloud, enabling their data to be analyzed and revealing actionable insights that could perhaps potentially transform business. Wael Elrifai, Sr. Director of Enterprise Solutions at Pentaho, offers insights on how older systems can be made to work with current ones, and talks about the human side of machine learning.
To make the most of data, it has to be transformed into information, which then has to be transformed into intelligence. As companies seek to leverage data – whether it’s internal, external, structured, or unstructured – to improve profitability or boost operational efficiency, analytics makes it possible to gain insights on business areas that were previously out of reach. Alun Jones, Data Scientist at Konecranes, talks about how organizations can best use IoT data analytics to arrive at more impactful business decisions.
Traditionally, manufacturing has been defined by supply chains geared towards maintaining production costs as low as possible, with ultimate emphasis placed on output and distribution. These supply chains have largely been both enabled and limited by the hardware systems at their core. As companies are beginning to introduce data-driven, software enabled supply chains, manufacturing will increase in efficiency and mass customization will follow suit. In terms of distribution, platforms and apps are becoming the preferred medium and should be grabbing the attention of material handling industry as well.
Petteri Ijas - Senior Sales Manager, Crane Service, Finland
Cranes have evolved significantly over the last few decades. While some operations soldier on with the same lifting equipment they’ve used for years, others surge ahead, taking advantage of current technology offered on newer cranes.
Esa Kukkola - Product Manager for Remote Service
How useful would it be if you could check the condition of your overhead crane, its critical components and its operating history whenever you wanted to? Would you want to be alerted if your crane was being operated incorrectly or outside of established safety parameters during any part of its work cycle? Instead of wondering when you should change critical components to protect production and profits, wouldn’t you rather receive an estimate of their remaining working life, enabling you to schedule maintenance at the most convenient time?
Randy Flippen - Technician
In normal operation, overhead crane hoists are designed to lift an object at a vertical angle. A side pull is when a portion of the hoist acts horizontally, such as when the hoist lifts an object that has not been placed directly underneath it.
Josh Childers - Konecranes Training Manager
When you park your car on a steep hill and apply the parking break, your car should not move. However, if it begins to roll down the hill, you know there is a problem.
Michael Hancock - District Technical Trainer
A program of regularly-scheduled crane inspections conducted by specially-trained, third-party technical professionals can save companies great expense by verifying compliance with local regulations and highlighting safety and production issues.
David Hermanowski - Technical Trainer, Konecranes Service
The mechanical load brake is a key component of crane safety. It serves as a secondary braking mechanism of the crane hoist, controlling the lowering speeds of rated loads and preventing loads from free falling. As an alternative, some cranes have an electrical load brake, which serves the same function.
Mike Giebler, Technician - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
In today’s industrial environment there is decreasing tolerance for employers and facilities that allow untrained people to operate overhead cranes.