(Don’t) Make Me Sway: The Lowdown on Sway Control

Sway Control SystemSway Control Systems (SCS) improve productivity by allowing the crane operator to concentrate on load engagement and disengagement rather than focusing on minimizing load swing. An SCS also enhances the accuracy of load placement and reduces material damage caused by incidental contact of swinging loads.

Magnetek’s Sway Control System custom software is embedded in our IMPULSE®•G+ Series 4 variable frequency drives for new or existing crane control systems without the need for external programmable logic controllers or costly height measurement devices.

“Manually operated cranes can account for as much as 20% of the production cycle,” said Aaron Kureck, Magnetek’s director of product management and development. “Utilizing sway control on overhead or gantry cranes can reduce operator fatigue and the need for extensive operator training.”

A crane with sway control allows an operator to use full speed commands for all movements, meaning shorter cycle times. Field tests have demonstrated that sway control improves productivity by 25-50%. Properly designed and adjusted sway control systems can minimize load sway by 85-95%, decreasing the risk of damage and personal injury.

Sway control is able to increase throughput in automated handling systems by allowing higher operating speeds and faster acceleration and deceleration rates than would be possible with a manually controlled system. A fully automated system controls the load, prevents dangerous sway at every phase, and stops the load precisely at the target, every time.

Closed loop systems are best utilized on high-cycle outdoor systems such as container cranes that are subject to external influences like wind, justifying the higher initial cost and maintenance expense.

Open loop systems have an economic advantage over mechanical means or closed loop systems with feedback and are best applied in industrial applications where wind and external influences may be of less significance.

For more information about sway control, visit www.magnetekmh.com.

Spotlight on Success: Hoover Dam Modernization

Hoover Dam

Magnetek’s Material Handling team spent time working inside the Hoover Dam’s concrete structure alongside Precision Crane & Hoist Services of Nevada to modernize the facility’s aging AC static crane controls with state-of-the-art control technology developed by Magnetek.

The Hoover Dam has two power plant wings, one located in Nevada and one located in Arizona. Each wing is 650 feet long and rises nearly 300 feet above the foundation of the power plant. Two 300-ton cranes are located inside each power plant wing and are used to move and maintain the 17 main vertical hydraulic turbines housed within the wings.

The Hoover Dam Power Plant, one of the United States’ largest hydroelectric installations, generates approximately four billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power on average each year, enough to serve 1.3 million people in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Magnetek controls were retrofitted on each of the four 300-ton cranes over a seven-month period, which began in December 2014. The new crane control systems utilize Magnetek’s technologically advanced drives and radio controls, providing crane operators at the Hoover Dam Power Plant with improved productivity, safety, and reliability.

To learn more about Magnetek’s success stories, visit www.magnetek.com/mhSuccess.

Video: We’re Always in Motion at Magnetek

 

We’re always in motion at Magnetek. Whether it’s material handling, mobile hydraulic, elevator, or mining, we are always working to enhance your success. We place great importance not only on what we do, but how we do it—and our commitment to responsible business practices allows us to promote and support success both at home and in the communities we reach.

Magnetek is:

  • America’s largest supplier of digital drive systems for industrial cranes and hoists. We provide Energy Engineered® drives, radio remote controls, braking and collision avoidance subsystems, motors, and more.
  • The world’s largest independent builder of digital motion control systems for elevator. We specialize in designing and manufacturing highly integrated Energy Engineered motion-control subsystems for elevators, serving the world’s foremost ‘lift’ builders.
  • In underground mining, we focus on coal, building a new generation of digital drive systems that enable mining equipment to recover this resource for refinement to produce “clean coal” energy.

Magnetek is dedicated to meeting your needs, wherever and whenever you need us. Watch our overview video to see where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Learn more at www.magnetek.com.

 

Take a Quick “Flip’ Through Magnetek’s Product Guide

 

Take a few moments to “Flip” through Magnetek’s Material Handling quick reference product guide for a fast look at our expansive selection of innovative products including:

All of Magnetek’s products are backed by the industry’s best warranty and service policy. In fact, our highly trained team of service technicians offers superior aftermarket support—24/7, 365 days per year.

We also provide on-site technical support, emergency crane control replacement, and on-site and in-house training programs. Our team is unsurpassed at providing you with service and support when and where you need it.

Click Here to take a quick look at Magnetek’s extensive line of Material Handling products.

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