International VDI Conference - Automation & Digitization of Cranes

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  • Benefit from high-end and out of the box presentations
  • Learn from cross-industry examples and discuss with top industry experts he latest developments and opportunities of automation and digitization of cranes
  • With one conference ticket you get admission to 2 international VDI conferences „Automation & Digitization of Cranes“ and „Maintenance”
  • Workshop on “Obsolescence – Manage the Inevitable on September 12, 2019
Automation & digitization of cranes

It is time for our 2nd international VDI conference on Automation & Digitization of Cranes this time in Antwerp on September 10-11, 2019 . Future and cross-industry developments in automation and digitization of harbor and industrial cranes will be discussed. Enhance your knowledge on how to automate existing cranes and find out how your facility can benefit of automation. Listen to practical experiences from different industries and gain in-depth insights of maintenance technologies as well as opportunities and risks of industrial IoT. As a consequence you will be well equipped to successfully drive forward the crane automation and digitization process in your company.

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Increased productivity using automation

There are still many industries focusing on manual crane operations although automation and digitization are known for higher productivity rates and provide improved safety. Spearheading automation is the harbor industry, offering valuable experience to other industries and sectors. The most likely organizations to benefit from cost savings are companies with continuous crane operations.

The international VDI Conference ‚Automation and Digitization of Cranes‘ will showcase how digitization of cranes and processes can improve usage and maintenance of cranes whilst still ensuring safety of data and staff. Plus, it will show how automation will increase plant efficiency.

The following topics will be covered in 2019

This year’s focus topics will cover:

  • Crane Automation – Brownfield and Greenfield
  • Practical Experiences from the Industry
  • Industrial IoT: Data and Connectivity
  • From Condition Monitoring to Predictive Maintenance and Safety
  • Accompanying and complementing the conference we also offer an international Workshops, taking place on September 12th at the same venue: Obsolescence – Manage the Inevitable

Who should attend the VDI Conference „Automation & Digitization of Cranes“?

  • Conference participants include senior management of companies using harbor or industry cranes, including:
  • CEOs and Technical Directors
  • Head of Cranes & Hoists
  • Terminal Operators
  • Plant Operators / Manufacturers in paper manufacturing and metal industries
  • Terminal Equipment Manager / Terminal Engineering Manager
  • Business Development Managers
  • Applications Engineers Cranes

Benefit from great Networking Opportunities

Extra benefit for our participants: Register for the “Automation & Digitization of Cranes“ conference and visit our parallel conference on “Maintenance” free of extra charge.

Meet experts as well as participants of all events during the networking breaks and our evening reception. Get in touch with experts, business partners and specialists from the international crane, port and manufacturing industry in a relaxed atmosphere. Use the networking opportunities and have interesting discussions about existing possibilities and challenges emerging from digitization, connectivity and IIoT.

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Are you keen to extend your knowledge on crane automation and digitization and learn from leading industry experts how your company can benefit from the latest developments? Ensure to reserve your place and book your ticket now for the international VDI conference „Automation & Digitization of Cranes“.

Are you interested in promoting your company and products at the international VDI conference Automation & Digitization of Cranes? Contact Robin Wulf Wulf @vdi .de for more details.


Eventnumber: 02KO016

International VDI Conference - Automation & Digitization of Cranes


Crowne Plaza Antwerpen*

Gerard le Grellelaan 10,
2020 Antwerpen
+32 3/259750-0 to website


1.690,– € plus 19% VAT

Take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved for guests at the event location. Please list VDI Wissensforum as a reference when making your hotel booking.

Advisory Board

Robert Histon PortRep Cosulting Group / Palmetto

Jochen Lang Siemens AG Industry Sector / Erlangen

Raoul van Heffen TBA B.V.  / Delft

Eventnumber: 02KO016

International VDI Conference - Automation & Digitization of Cranes


Take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved for guests at the event location. Please list VDI Wissensforum as a reference when making your hotel booking.

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