When Valtteri Bottas is on the track, he gets real-time feedback on his car’s performance, giving him and his team the data they need to stay at the front of the pack.
Likewise, Konecranes TRUCONNECT® Remote Monitoring collects real-time condition, usage and operating data on connected equipment that can be used to predict possible component or equipment failure. The connection of intelligent systems to human expertise is what we call Intelligence Connected.
Being able to predict possible component or equipment failure, whilst also reducing unplanned downtime and improving safety, productivity and lifecycle value, is incredibly valuable – whether you are on the track, in the factory, or in the port terminal.
PART 1: STAY AHEAD OF THE PACK WITH REAL-TIME PERFORMANCE DATA
On race day, Valtteri and his team count on a range of sensors that relay crucial performance information in real time to help maintain optimal performance.
Just as sensors used on high-performance race cars collect key performance data to help optimize the performance of the car and ultimately Valtteri’s race performance, TRUCONNECT® Remote Monitoring collects key performance data from connected assets to help Konecranes customers maximize uptime and minimize downtime. Data such as running time, motor starts, work cycles and emergency stops provide comprehensive visibility of equipment usage.
TRUCONNECT collects data through a control system and sensors installed on the customer’s equipment. The data is transmitted, processed and made securely available on the Konecranes customer portal yourKONECRANES.com.
OPTIMIZE EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE WITH ANALYTICS
Konecranes customers who use TRUCONNECT can get the performance data they need to optimize their maintenance programs by connecting to Konecranes cloud-based customer portal – yourKONECRANES.com.
The online portal gives customers an easy way to view events and activities of TRUCONNECT enabled equipment over any selected time interval. Aggregated data can be viewed, analyzed and shared quickly, for a single asset or an entire fleet. Insights can be drawn by observing anomalies, patterns and trends, helping users make informed maintenance decisions.
In the first of this two-article series we described some of the key advantages that TRUCONNECT and yourKONECRANES.com can offer. In part two, we describe in more detail how TRUCONNECT can accelerate the intelligence of customer’s operations.
PART 2: PLAN PIT STOPS STRATEGICALLY
In a race pit-stop, strategies can be very important, it is better to make a strategically planned stop, rather than an unplanned stop. For Valtteri, being able to plan his downtime in advance really does help him maximize his uptime on track.
In much the same way, TRUCONNECT® Remote Monitoring helps customers plan maintenance based on estimated component condition to minimize downtime caused by component or equipment failure. Asset usage and operating information can be used to assess crane condition and safety. It also sends alerts that provide designated personnel with notifications of selected occurrences by email and/or text message, including brake service life, hoist overloads, emergency stops and over-temperature occurrences – so that prompt preventive action can be taken.
As importantly, TRUCONNECT also provides knowledge of the remaining design working period (DWP) and remaining service life of selected components, such as hoists, brakes, structures and contactors.
WORLD LEADING EQUIPMENT USES REMOTE MONITORING TO FINE-TUNE PERFORMANCE
A racing car like Valtteri’s has hundreds of sensors on it, which are used for monitoring its performance by wirelessly transmitting data back to the team so race engineers can perform remote analysis, both in real time and after the race.
Working in a similar way, TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring can support your equipment anywhere mobile network coverage is available.It can be delivered with new Konecranes cranes such as CXT® hoists, new CXT SMART, PLC controlled SMARTON / UNITON cranes, new waste to energy cranes and select engineered cranes. Remote monitoring can also be retrofitted on some existing cranes.
IT’S NOT JUST THE EQUIPMENT OR DRIVER, IT’S THE SUPPORTING TEAM
Wherever he’s racing, Valtteri can count on his highly skilled support team to be ready to help him with whatever he needs to stay in front of the competition.
The TRUCONNECT Remote Support team is just as ready, giving customers of certain models of cranes 24/7 access to a global network of crane experts and specialists, who stand ready to offer expert problem solving and troubleshooting to help reduce unplanned downtime.
In addition, Konecranes service team is always ready to provide timely maintenance or retrofits, or add new capabilities to installed equipment, for both existing Konecranes customers and for new ones. Contact Konecranes today and discover how Konecranes can help you increase the lifecycle value of your equipment.
In Valtteri Bottas’ world, using data collected from the sensors on his car – both during the race and in testing – is hugely important to helping improve future performance.
Similarly, TRUCONNECT® Remote Monitoring is an intelligent service from Konecranes that collects real-time condition, usage and operating data from control systems and sensors on customers’ equipment. TRUCONNECT data is used to help plan maintenance and predict possible component or equipment failure.