AMCS Technologies, specialised in safety products for lifting machines, and the company Acreos which designs and manufacturers simulators for machine training decided to combine their technical expertise in a partnership. Thus, Acreos is in charge of the development of a crane simulator for AMCS, the SIM 61. This device will create a fully configurable virtual 3D site. Once the environment is created, it is installed on a computer connected via wired connection to the AMCS anti-collision devices DCS 60 or DCS 61-S and will simulate the different sensors fixed on a real crane. The data collected by these sensors are simulated by the SIM 61 which sends the information like a real crane to the system. From the R&D offices of AMCS technologies, the systems react in the same way as on a real job site and the simulation of anti-collision between cranes in interference can be tested.
Acreos uses the know-how of AMCS technologies to improve the training of apprentice crane operators in real conditions. The simulator will use the DCS 61-S systems installed on the cranes to collect data in real time thank to its data logger function, the position data of the machine during the exercises. The trainer can then analyze them and debrief with the student on his performances.
AMCS technologies installed its DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system on a new model of Comansa crane, the 21LC1050 with a maximum load capacity of 50 tonnes. The tower crane is currently working at Högdalens värmeverk, an existing Combined Heat and Power plant located south of Stockholm and it will help to replace one of the boiler of the plant for newer technology. In addition to mobile cranes, a Liebherr 280 EC-H crane with 35m of jib and 56m hook height will assist the Comansa crane with 65m of jib and 73.3 m hook height.
The Liebherr Group has collaborated with the Austrian rope manufacturer Teufelberger to design a new type of high-tensile fibre rope for hoisting applications. Approximately 100 different fibre rope prototypes, measuring around 70,000m in length were developed and tested on test benches or in the field for nearly 50,000h. According to Liebherr, this new cable has a lifespan four times longer than a conventional steel rope while being lighter by one fifth. Moreover, because of its plastic fibre structure, this cable does not require any lubrication. Other improvements such as better identification of wear and end of life of the cable have also been added.
This new product will be presented at Bauma next year before being marketed in April 2019.
The DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system designed by AMCS Technologies was chosen to equip 11 Liebherr and Potain flat-top cranes on the site of the new Vinci headquarters in Nanterre (France). The DCS 60 manages the interferences between the many cranes and acts on their mechanisms to slow them down an to ensure their complete immobilization when there is a risk of collision between two cranes. The SUP 61 supervision tool has also been installed in the offices to monitor the site’s activity in real time. Connected via radio link to the network of the DCS 60 systems, the SUP 61 can display on a single screen the different movements and information of all cranes. It can intervene remotely on the neutralization function of the system selectively but also gives the possibility to activate / deactivate prohibited zones according to hazards and movements on the site.
In the United Arab Emirates, the real estate company Emaar is in charge of the construction of the Dubai Creek Harbour, a future new town in Dubai. The project, actually at phase one of the project called “Island District”, gathers 59 tower cranes in which are settled on each of them AMCS technologies’ DCS 60. These famous anti-collision systems play a key role in terms of security, as everyday more than 10 000 people work on site to undertake 33 high rise buildings. “Anti-collision and zoning systems are essential for this spectacular project, managed locally by our exclusive dealer in the United Arab Emirates, A and Z technologies represented by Abdelrahman Saafin” mentioned Radoine Bouajaj, AMCS technologies Sales Director.
The Irish testing and inspection specialist for lifting equipment based in Cork, Anderco Lifting is using the new CheckedOk system for its on-site reports. Developed by CoreRFID, a Skelmersdale headquartered supplier of Radio Frequency Identification, the CheckedOk system offers equipment safety testing and inventory reports enabling users to pull all data together in one place and send it directly to clients. According to the developper, its RFID based system can reduce reporting times from a couple of days to a matter of minutes. It can be integrated into users’ IT system and customised for specific client needs such as adding new equipment categories.
“The CheckedOK Solution is widely used to help improve safety management in construction, engineering, manufacturing and chemical industries. The system enables customers to easily collect and access inspection data using handheld computers, Android and Windows tablet devices or mobile phones and so reduce human error as well as speeding-up the process. Even though its well-established, we are looking to continually update its capabilities and functions and we recently added a camera to complement data collection,” explained Munzi Ali, Technical Director of CoreRFID.
Anderco Lifting is also planning to offer a new training service for its CheckedOk users.
The anti-collision system manufacturer AMCS Technologies recently installed its flagship product DSC60 for the construction of the 70 St Mary’s Axe project, a commercial office building in the heart of London. Fitted in three Wolffkran cranes Wolff 224B, 180B and 166B, the system is highly appreciated for its characteristics, in particular its real time and 3D functioning and its quick execution and display on screen. Indeed, the Senior Sales Manager at HTC Wolffkran Julian Dyer has been « impressed with the features » of the system, and the Lifting Operations Manager at Mace Group stated it « allowed the crane operator to work closer to the opposite crane and did not interfere with the operations of lifting ». Nicknamed « The Can of Ham », the skyscraper should be ended in December 2018 and will house 28 000 square meters of premium office space set over 21 floors, with three additional basement levels.
The manufacturer of tower cranes anti-collision systems AMCS Technologies actually takes part in the construction of the Statue of Unity in India, on the Sadhu Bet island, with its Driving Control System 60 installed on three MR 295 H20 luffing jib cranes and one MC 205 B tower crane from Potain. This monument, 182m high and which will represent the Indian nationalist leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel better known as the « Iron Man of India », will be the highest statue worldwide. The work should end this year.
Congo Retread & Tyre, an exclusive Magna Tyres distributor in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was engaged to supply heavy duty machinery tyres for the construction of one of the largest copper mine sites in the country. Selected for a test period, the 29.5R25 Magna M-Terrain tyres for articulated dump trucks benefit from the suitability of the conditions in which they are used and from the decrease of customer’s cost per hour.
The French group CMA-CGM, one of the maritime transport leaders, just announced a new offer for container tracking : Traxens. This connected device is fixed on the container and then check its location by land or by sea. It enables to know the intensity of the bumps and the temperature change outside. It can also know if the doors are open or closed. By a warning system in near real time, customers can track the goods and gain agility in the different stages of the transport.
Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice-President Commercial and Agency Network, explained that « CMA CGM reaffirms its customer centricity strategy by offering this innovative solution. With nearly 19 million containers carried in 2017, the generalization of smart containers in the Group’s fleet will allow to collect and analyze a lot of information necessary to improve the service offered to customers and will help them optimize their supply chain.”