Liebherr Maritime Cranes has launched SmartGrip for its mobile harbour crane range, calling it “game-changing technology.”
The technology optimises grab filling rates in a “self-learning” manner, said the company, and is based on recent turnover analysis in various ports around the world that showed that, on average, only 70% of the grab capacity is used.
There can be many reasons for this including suboptimal grabbing angle and varying material density. For crane operators the estimation of the material density and the right grabbing angle may turn out to be a real challenge. As a result, ports are faced with less turnover [t/h] than expected.