Modern Load Stabilization Technology Can Help Operators Adapt to Demanding Projects

Strong growth in large industrial and urban construction in emerging and developed markets creates excessive demand in the crane and construction sector. In other end-use industries such as mining, automotive, oil, and gas, etc., growth also increases demand and puts pressure on crane operators to improve their operational efficiency and excellence.

Against this rapid growth, there is also a dark side. Namely, the construction industry’s hesitancy in adopting the advanced technological solutions that have revolutionized other sectors like manufacturing and shipping. Yet, even as the overall sector lags, modern buildings, bridges, stadiums, warehouses, etc., are all rocketing ahead. As a result, today’s (and tomorrow’s) projects require a new level of precision and operational excellence.

Contractors must embrace real-time, high data volume, multilateral communication, and interconnectedness between cyber-physical systems and people to meet this moment. Operators must also constantly improve how they deploy and maximize critical assets to meet, and even beat, project deadlines, learn to focus on long-term growth, and adapt to new markets. Most importantly, everyone must learn to embrace change or risk being left behind.

 Crane operators adapting to this new environment are re-examining long-held beliefs and processes. For example, how can you increase the efficiency of repeat pick and load placement? How can you cut down on costly injuries and the time that results?

One major piece of the puzzle is the emergence of autonomous load stability systems capable of steadying loads. These systems effectively upskill tagline operators by giving them a high-tech remote, which allows for greater control (and gets them out from under the load). Utilizing the advanced navigational and stabilization tech, tagline operators can also preprogram lift and place positions for repeat picks (creating massive efficiencies) and continue working in windy conditions that would have previously shut down operations.

The current gold standard is Vita Inclinata’s line of Lifting Systems. These systems are the only ones that offer dynamic load positioning, position hold, continuous load calibration, and other features that can increase crane and crew efficiency by 20-50% over traditional tag lines. Vita can also handle a wide variety of load weights and sizes – a critical feature for operations that take many different jobs and picks.

Faster and safer erection and dismantling of hoisting systems and technologies are also hallmarks of Vita’s Lifting Systems. This capability allows for these systems in new and expanded markets such as energy, wind, panelized construction, high-rise work, and countless other applications.

There is an undeniable trend in the design, construction, and heavy industrial maintenance businesses toward total job site management. Understanding and managing every aspect of operations through AI, camera systems, and related technologies is the functional modality for controlling project costs and increasing revenues and profits. Vita dynamic load stabilization systems and technology, VLN, will be crucial in this integrated systems approach to construction project success and profitability.

Joe Maslizek is Executive Vice President Industrial Business for Vita Inclinata. For most of Maslizek’s four-decade career in the industrial industry, he was employed by the Manitowoc Company. At Manitowoc, Maslizek held the position of Senior Regional Business Executive and Vice President of Sales of Crawler and Hyd Cranes. Before these senior-level positions, he was the Director of major crane accounts for over a decade.