The customer always has a choice
All of these features, options and alternatives mean that OEM customers get a wide range of options to find the best crane control solution for their specific equipment and application.
“We always try to offer our customers a variety of choices, without locking them into one singular solution,” continues Mikael. “For example, as outlined above they can choose a drive-based control with our software, or they can use their own programming software, or they can use an external PLC. ABB offers a wide selection of flexibility, but it is all built on standardized ABB configurations and IEC 61131-3 based application programming software for easy compatibility.”
Remote supervision of the crane, which is a growing trend in the industry, allows the crane drives and PLC to be connected for possible remote support and diagnostics. Ethernet-based modules are available for this purpose. In addition, the ACS880 drives include a memory unit for quick replacement or updating without the need of a PC.
Other advantages that ABB offers crane manufacturers include offices around the globe for rapid worldwide support and service. Customers are also assured of continuity with respect to the latest software and functionality of new generation equipment as it is introduced. The very broad ABB product portfolio also means there are both AC and DC drives available, as well as motors that can be integrated into the crane systems.
These latest combinations of technology give crane OEMs new benefits regarding safety, flexibility and productivity.