Automation & Digitization of Cranes

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Ihre Vorteile

  • Tauschen Sie sich mit den Top-Experten der Branche zu den neuesten Entwicklungen bei der Automatisierung und Digitalisierung von Kranen aus.
  • Profitieren Sie vom hohen fachlichen Niveau der Konferenzbeiträge.
  • Lernen Sie von den Besten – beim Besuch des vollautomatisierten EMO Terminals in Rotterdam, dem größten Trockengut-Terminal Europas.
VDI-Konferenz „ Automation & digitization of cranes “ | VDI Wissensforum

Die VDI-Konferenz „Automation & Digitization of Cranes“ verschafft Ihnen einen branchenübergreifenden Überblick zur Automatisierung und Digitalisierung von Hafen- und Industriekranen sowie den zukünftigen Entwicklungen. Sie erfahren wie Sie bestehende Krane automatisieren können, welche Vorteile eine Anlage mit automatisierten Kranen bietet und welche technischen, organisatorischen und rechtlichen Aspekte Sie dabei berücksichtigen müssen. Mit diesem Wissen sind Sie in der Lage, die Automatisierung und Digitalisierung von Kranen in Ihrem Unternehmen erfolgreich voranzutreiben.

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Programmablauf der Konferenz

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair’s welcome and opening address


Emerging Technologies: The Impact of IoT and M2M on Crane Performance Management

  • Big Data with asset intelligence to support predictive analysis
  • Lowering the cost of ownership and improving operating performance of heavy equipment
  • Analyzing crane systems and web based predictive tools of the future leveraging Information
  • Economic data captured from the biogas plant and from biogas conditioning

Michael C. Dempsey MBA, Vice President Sales Container and Port Solutions, ORBCOMM, USA

I. Digitization of Cranes & Processes


The Digital Twin: Digitization in Crane Building

  • Overview of the crane market and digitization strategy
  • Increasing efficiency of engineering with the Digital Twin
  • Simulation of crane operations
  • Reducing planning time and raising planning security

Jochen Lang, Business Development Cranes, co-author: Alexander Willhöft, both: Siemens AG, Germany


Automation as an Upgrade to older Crane Systems

  • Understanding older crane controls
  • Testing drive and motor response
  • Deciding on new Hardware
  • Choosing a communications protocol
  • Negotiating demands and response sequences

Dr. Joseph Discenza, President and CEO, SmartCrane LLC, USA


Process Automation: Introducing Smart Technologies in the Operations Management

  • Software challenges: System integration, software testing and quality assurance, training, tuning
  • The human factor: Experience vs. automation
  • Key performance indicator: Data collection and analysis
  • Revenue analysis: Break down of revenue and costs
  • Best practice by the example of Maasvlakte 2 and future trends

Marco Fehmer M.Sc., CEO, DSP Data and System Planning SA, co-author: Celine Cometti, SUPSI University, both: Switzerland



II. Maintenance & Cybersecurity


Cybersecurity for Crane Digitization

  • Drive for digitization of crane Solutions
  • Threats to digitized crane solutions
  • Approaches to managing the cybersecurity risk

Siân John, EMEA Chief Strategist, Symantec Corporation, United Kingdom


Predictive Maintenance in connected Cranes

  • Making the transition from remote monitoring to remote maintenance
  • Managing connectivity and data quality
  • Developing predictive algorithms based on machine data
  • Using Big Data for improved reliability Analysis

Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President, Konecranes Plc, Finland

III. Industry Cranes


Automated Cranes: Best Practices out of the Box

  • Industrial cranes in automated applications
  • Cheese factory investment in automated warehouse cranes
  • VW Wolfsburg: Nominated supplier „Innovated Logistics“
  • Best practices
  • Automated cranes future: Out of the box

Juha Erikkilä, Entrepreneur, co-author: DI Petteri Lempiäinen, Technical Director, both: ERIKKILA OY, Finland


Networking & coffee break


How Europe’s largest Terminal for the Transhipment and Storage of Coal and Iron Ore was fully automated

Ton van der Leer, Maintenance, ICT & Projects Manager, EMO Terminal, The Netherlands


Visit of the fully automated EMO Terminal in Rotterdam, the largest terminal for coal and iron ore in Western Europe. The excursion will take three hours. Beforehand Ton van Leer, the maintenance, ICT & Projects Manager of the EMO Terminal will provide you with detailed insights about the operations of the plant that you are well prepared for the bus tour


End of conference day one

Get-together At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and Speakers.

High Strength Fiber Ropes for Cranes

Dr.-Ing. Björn Ernst, Head of new Fiber Rope Applications, Teufelberger Fiber Rope GmbH, Austria

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

IV. Automation of Terminals


Finding Path to best Performance in Terminal Operations

  • Benchmarking outside of the port industry
  • Finding optimization opportunities from today’s operations
  • Is automation the ultimate answer?

Pekka Ranta MBA, General Manager, co-author: Umair Savul, National Manager Systems Optimization, both: DP World Australia, Australia


Automation of Operations in Container Terminals

  • Automated equipment for container terminals
  • Automation solutions for seaports, inland ports and intermodal rail terminals
  • Overview on systems and components of an automated container terminal
  • Comparison of different automation concepts

Dr. Jan Philipp Schmidt-Ewig, Project Engineer, Konecranes, Germany


Simulation Lifecycle Support for complex Automation Projects

  • Optimizing the automated terminal design through detailed modelling
  • Test and fine-tune the control software using dynamic modelling
  • Train users of control software in a near-to-live environment
  • Optimizing system parameters in a controlled Environment

Dr. Yvo Saanen Ir., Commercial Director, TBA B.V., The Netherlands


Networking & coffee break


Automation of Cranes a must?

Chair: Dipl.-Ing. Frank Hildebrandt, Managing Director & CEO, Stahl CraneSystems FZE, United Arabian Emirates


Dr. Yvo Saanen Ir., Commercial Director, TBA B.V., The Netherlands
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Brandenburger, Head of Product Management,
Johannes Hübner, Fabrik elektr. Maschinen GmbH, Germany
Pekka Ranta MBA, General Manager, DP World Australia, Australia
Dr. Joseph Discenza, President and CEO, SmartCrane LLC, USA

V. Crane Components


Environment Sensors and Operator Assistance Systems for Cranes

  • Overview of available environment sensors for crane applications
  • How new class of assistance controllers provides high computing performance for complex data processing on board
  • How to design a new system architecture with assistance controller and electronic control unit for crane-environment interaction
  • Enabling operator assistance systems for cranes based on environmental sensing and advanced system architecture

Stefan A. Lang M.Sc., Head of Systems & Solutions, Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH, Germany


Reducing operating Costs with smart and robust Sensors

  • Sensor requirements caused on environment conditions
  • New possibilities by technological progress
  • Sensor skills generated by functional safety requirements
  • Forecast: Smart sensors for the internet of Things

Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Brandenburger, Head of Product Management, Johannes Hübner Fabrik elektr. Maschinen GmbH, Germany




AC & DC Motors controlled from the same VFD – A very new Development

  • Design Concept and Development
  • How both AC and DC motors can be controlled from a common variable speed drive platform
  • Advantages of using this technology in retrofit applications
  • Why this technology advancement is particularly useful for large crane retrofit applications

James Gabbard B.Sc., Specialist Automated Crane Systems, TMEIC, USA

VI. Safety


Modern Brake and Safety Systems

  • Environmentally friendly thrusters: No leakages & biodegradable oil
  • Fast setting brakes
  • Better protection of the crane’s steel structure by new Anti-Snag System

André Neth, Branch Manager, PINTSCH BUBENZER GmbH, Germany


New Developments in Storm Brake and industrial Brake Products

  • Advanced safety and maintenance requirements for storm brakes
  • Electrification and critical component protection
  • Advanced safety and maintenance requirements for industrial brakes and electrification
  • Providing suitable device status feedback from storm brakes and industrial brakes

Allan Murdoch, Manager Engineering Development, Portal Crane Parts Ltd., Canada


A comprehensive Guide to Collision Protection of Cranes

  • Collision avoidance for cranes on the same rail/crane bay and for multiple cranes operating on different levels/same bay
  • Preventing accidents of free ranging cranes with other objects/buildings/ vehicles
  • Intrinsically safe solutions

Dipl.-Ing. Dirk Brunnengräber, CEO, Symeo GmbH, Germany


Networking & coffee break


Radio Control Systems – Safety and Efficiency in wireless Machine Operation

  • HMI and wireless machine control
  • Safety design of radio control Systems
  • Challenges of worldwide application

Dr.-Ing. Friederike Brendel, Head Technical Division, co-author: Dr.-Ing. Jochen Antes, both: HBC-radiomatic GmbH, Germany


Bringing IIoT to industrial Hoists – Safely, securely and costeffectively

  • Design concept for a mixed-criticality IIoT-enabled controller device for industrial hoists
  • Possibilities and risks for machine control, operation and service from increased connectivity and computational capability directly on the machine level
  • Taken approach towards safety and security assurance
  • Ongoing research co-operation project with KIT and industry partners

Tommi Kievelä M. Sc., Research Associate, co-author: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Golder, both: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany


Closing remarks


End of conference 

Programmablauf einblenden

Höhere Produktivität durch Automatisierung

Noch werden in vielen Branchen Krane manuell gesteuert, obwohl die Automatisierung und Digitalisierung eine höhere Produktivität und mehr Sicherheit versprechen. Vorreiter der Automatisierung ist die Hafenindustrie. Von deren Erfahrungsschatz können auch andere Industriezweige profitieren. Das Einsparpotenzial ist besonders hoch bei den Unternehmen, die Krane im Dauerbetrieb einsetzen.

Sie erfahren auf der internationalen VDI-Fachkonferenz „Automation & Digitization of Cranes“ u.a., wie die Digitalisierung von Kranen und Prozessen die Nutzung und Instandhaltung von Kranen verbessert und dabei die Sicherheit von Daten und Menschen gewährleistet wird sowie Automatisierung Ihre Anlage effizienter werden lässt. Als Best-Practice-Beispiel ist der Besuch des vollautomatisierten EMO Terminals in Rotterdam fester Bestandteil der VDI-Konferenz.

Verpassen Sie nicht die folgenden Vorträge

  • „Automation as an Upgrade to older Crane Systems”, Dr. Joseph Discenza, CEO, Smartcrane LLC, USA
  • Finding Path to best Performance in Terminal Operations, Pekka Ranta MBA, General Manager, DP World Australia, Australien
  • „Cybersecurity for Crane Digitization, Siân John, EMEA Chief Security Strategist, Symantec Corporation, UK und die Dinner Speech 
  • „High strengh Fiber Ropes for Cranes”, Dr.-Ing. Björn Ernst, Head of new Fiber Rope Applications, Teufelberger Fiber Rope GmbH, Österreich 

Das Programm mit top-aktuellen Beiträgen international renommierter Experten wurde mit Unterstützung von:

  • Robert Histon, President, PortRep Consulting Group,  USA
  • Jochen Lang, Business Development Cranes, Process Industries and Drives Division Large Drives, Siemens AG,  Deutschland
  • Yvo Saanen, PhD, MSc., Commercial Director, TBA,  Niederlande und
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thorsten Schmidt, Mechanical Engineering Department, Technical University Dresden, Deutschland zusammengestellt.

An wen richtet sich die VDI-Konferenz „Automation & Digitization of Cranes“?

Zur Zielgruppe der VDI-Konferenz gehören Fach- und Führungskräfte, deren Unternehmen Hafen- oder Industriekräne einsetzen. Dazu zählen:

  • CEOs, Geschäftsführer und Technische Leiter
  • Terminal Operator
  • Anlagenbetreiber und Anlagenbauer aus der Metallindustrie, Papierherstellung und Abfallwirtschaft
  • Werksleiter
  • Leiter Krane und HebezeugeTerminal Engineering Manager
  • Applikationsingenieure Krane 
  • Business Development Manager

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