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Skyriver conquers new heights

Such a grandiose title of the article is the result of work, which has done our team.

We were asked by a customer rather unusual challenge. It is the necessity to monitor the work tower cranes (hereinafter – TC). This is a rather expensive construction equipment, simple and damage which is expensive, so it is necessary to monitor the driver’s job (in the people – the crane), the equipment operates at higher altitudes (for understanding, building height of 25 floors).

We were asked by a customer rather unusual challenge. It is the necessity to monitor the work tower cranes (hereinafter – TC). This is a rather expensive construction equipment, simple and damage which is expensive, so it is necessary to monitor the driver’s job (in the people – the crane), the equipment operates at higher altitudes (for understanding, building height of 25 floors).

The task looks like easy if you do not take into account the specificity of the technique. But this is quite different height and completely unknown to us, GPS men, on-board network and voltage. Our engineering team has studied the information on the Internet, as well as a number of negotiations with the customer on the basis of which idea was obtained about the specifics of on-board network, in particular, the presence of low voltage circuits and tools, some similar in nature with the ignition key in the car.

As a result the decision was made to install GPS-tracker SkyriverNEO for control of ТC, designed for monitoring motor vehicles …

For this purpose it was necessary to climb to the already mounted TC with about 50 meters high, which is a considerable challenge for untrained people to the altitude.

TC cabin looks like cabin of the excavator. Crane controls are located on either side of the driver, one of which has a sort of “Ignition Switch” or in simple words a device that allows operation of the crane. This device is possible to realize an accurate and real time monitoring of the work driver, and consequently take into account the actual crane operation.

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GPS-tracker was placed behind the driver near the crane control unit, where low-voltage power supply were to be available which are needed to supply power to the device to our knowledge. Checking the test points confirmed our expectations and we were able to provide a stable GPS-tracker power within its operating range (operating range of the power of 8-32 volts).

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Thus, we were able to organize the correct connection of the device to the side of the crane network without any impact on its performance. This decision will allow to the client the following:

  • To automate a common account of the real working time of driver and TC
  • To automate accounting TC operating time on various building objects
  • To automate gathering of telemetry data
  • To give the opportunity to understand what objects and what cranes are working

In the future we plan to retrofit the rest TC taps the customer, as well as retrofitting identify the driver identity system, which will also automate time tracking of a particular driver. Importantly, time tracking will bring advantages to machinists too, as the system will automatically take into account the duration of recycling and shift duration which can often be up to 15 hours.

We are always ready to solve any non-standard tasks!

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