Radio Control and Retrofitting Bridge Cranes


Radio remote control for bridge cranes is a new feature that can be added onto older cranes, and a feature that is common with new bridge cranes. Radio control allows operators to move and manage loads without needing to be in the cab. This can be beneficial in many different circumstances. For instance, the operator may not be able to fully see the crane and the load while in the cab, but may be able to more accurately operate the crane outside of the cab with a radio control. Also, there are some circumstances where operating the crane in the cab is more dangerous than operating the crane outside of the cab, and there are many other benefits of radio control as well.

Radio controls allow operators to operate the crane from afar

When operators are allowed to operate bridge cranes from the facility floor, their visual range can often improve dramatically, and they can see every potential obstacle or hazard much more easily. This can reduce the risk of crane operation and help to protect workers in the facility, and it can also reduce the chance of an accident or equipment damage. Many bridge crane accidents result from visual obstruction, and radio control removes visual obstructions as much as possible while still maintaining the same level of control that the operator would have in the cab. The radio control may also be effective at protecting the operator if they are too close to where the crane moves its loads when in the cab.

Radio control may be necessary in dangerous situations

If a bridge crane is set up to operate in dangerous conditions, such as extreme heat, cold or a toxic environment, or if the cab is too close to where the crane moves heavy loads, radio control may be necessary. There is no reason to put a crane operator at risk in a cab when a radio control can put them in a safe location and give them the ability to operate the crane without being exposed to the same environment as the cab. They can be a good choice in many higher risk situations such as when bridge cranes are used to move hot metal or for steel mills.

Productivity often increases

Another major benefit of adding radio control to bridge cranes is the fact that productivity and efficiency often increases dramatically. When the operator does not have an obstructed view, he or she is able to move the loads much more quickly and accurate, and this can reduce the time needed to move loads and improve efficiency. As a result, a facility’s production often increases with the use of radio controls. In some cases cab operators need a second worker to guide them because of visual obstructions, and radio control can completely eliminate the need for a second worker to do this. There are many other circumstances where radio control is effective and useful, and many older cranes can benefit from the addition of radio control in many different situations.


 

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