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Jose Antonio Astigarraga, Director of the Crane Components Business Unit

IN THE PREMIUM EQUIPMENT MARKET, NOBODY GIVES SO MUCH FOR SO LITTLE

For us, our market is the world, but we must not forget that GH’s plans for international implementation are strategic.

José Antonio Astigarraga, director of the Crane Components Business Unit, offers us his unique view on the management of this core part of GH’s business.

The main challenges we face are, in this order: innovation, to make GH a leader in innovation within the PREMIUM market, adding more value to the product and maintaining a competitive price level.

Second, to offer the market a product range that is as complete and broad as possible.
We need to be able to provide global lifting solutions, from lightweight cranes and chain hoists to high capacity cable hoists.

Third, customer satisfaction: Building the loyalty of our customers and those of our distributors through a product and service that meets their demands and expectations.

Also, providing our distributors and subsidiaries, our real “travel companions”, with the tools and arguments necessary for them to develop their businesses in their respective markets. In this way, we promote a WIN-WIN situation which benefits all.

And, finally, to create a sense of belonging within the Business Unit (BU), share the objectives and assess the performance of the people who make up the unit.

The equipment that makes up the current GH range is of the very highest technological level. We can compete with multinationals with far greater resources on an equal footing and come through with flying colours.

I would like to highlight some differentiators:

  • Standard variable-frequency drive for lifting up to GHE17 (released soon).
  • Hoists with the best drive system in the market.
  • Bolt load cell and special lifting cables as standard.
  • COREBOX as standard in the very near future.

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“Industry 4.0”, Hoist magazine article

Last December, Hoist Magazine published an article about the new trends regarding the developments in the field of intelligent manufacturing in high end industries, emphasizing the machine to machine and machine to product communication.

LOAD LIMITER EVOLVED

A company that is moving quickly on this approach is Spain’s GH Cranes & Components, which has evolved its load limiter technology into its CoreBox which is standard on all new products. “Essentially the CoreBox has evolved into a data logger that is collecting the data from the operation of the cranes,” says Pablo Pedrós Solano, director of engineering and research and development at the company. This data includes information about the load lifted at each time—the overloads, the temperature of the motors and information from several alarms, among others. “The CoreBox is the product collecting the data and then transferring it to different platforms like an App or a PC or the Global Service centre here at GH.”

That the CoreBox now comes as standard highlights the firm’s commitment to future smart technology and means that the customer doesn’t have to buy the device as an addon. One of the biggest benefits, says Solano, is intelligent maintenance: “Many maintenance contracts [are based on periodic] preventive maintenance. With the huge amount of data that we are collecting, we can go from preventive to predictive maintenance [based on actual use]. That is a challenge for the industry—to balance the maintenance mix towards predictive actions.”

Complementing this move to intelligent maintenance, GH Cranes & Components has also launched a new customer portal dedicated to maintenance management designed to be a direct link between the customer and the Global Service centre.

“The cloud-based software allows us to get all of the incidents and tasks that customer sends directly,” says Solano. “It will improve the lead time for fixing or materials requirements. It also grants access to the customer in order to review the historical maintenance data and technical information of the crane.”

The system is also linked to the company’s enterprise resource planning system, allowing the customer to schedule in their maintenance requirements directly. “Very few companies have implemented this gateway,” says Solano.

The firm provides customers with a number of options for accessing the information from the CoreBox data logger: 3G, GPRS, wifi, and local USB connection. It has also developed Apps and software to enable connection from tablets or smartphones as well as the PC or radio remote controls.

A key advantage of the collection and sharing of data is that it can be used by manufacturers to update their products more effectively. It also means investment in new processing capacity. “We will need to be on a strong platform to allow our customers to have all of their data ready and available. But also that the data is available to us to keep updating and improving our products because the research and development department will have valuable information about the way that our cranes are used,” says Solano.

Access to this data is one of the challenges for the industry to contend with and Solano points out that GH will only be able to access this with the customer’s permission.

UK manufacturer Street Crane says that it can provide wifi access to the data from its safe working period (SWP) monitor, which has a data logging function, but so far it is yet to see demand from customers. “We haven’t installed it with a communications module yet because a lot of people are concerned about network security. If you have that simple device that is wifi enabled it is at risk if it is connected to your network, so they are just standalone units at the moment,” says Chris Lindley- Smith, director at the company.

Traynor says: “Cyber incidents are real and a challenge for industry but it is definitely a challenge that can be met and there are lots of different ways to address that. It comes down to things like auditing equipment, who is authorised to get to the information. How and who can work with it, ensuring the integrity of the data, where information has gone and who has had access to it.”

This could see the need for nondisclosure agreements to ensure that information is protected, says Thomas Kraus, support centre director for Stahl CraneSystems, which is owned by Konecranes: “For sure that with this information you can give the customers a better service, there is no question, but you need access to the information and this must be solved first.”

Link to complete article “www.hoistmagazine.com”

 

“Industry 4.0”, conectividad inteligente de dispositivos inteligentes

El pasado mes de diciembre la publicación “Hoist Magazine” presentaba un artículo sobre las tendencias para desarrollar fábricas más inteligentes en las industrias de alta gama, y la evolución hacia la comunicación de máquina a máquina, o la comunicación de máquina a producto.

Básicamente se trata de conectividad inteligente de dispositivos inteligentes “, según explica Phillippa Oldham, jefa de transporte y fabricación de la Institución de Ingenieros Mecánicos.

Para la industria hay una serie de grandes desafíos asociados con esto, desde qué datos deben recogerse hasta cómo se comunica, a quién van los datos y cómo se utiliza.

En dicho artículo Pablo Pedrós Solano, director de ingeniería e investigación y desarrollo de la empresa, habla sobre el nuevo limitador de carga “CoreBox” desarrollado por GH.

A continuación se recoge una traducción de parte de dicho artículo.
Se puede ver el artículo original en el siguiente enlace:  “www.hoistmagazine.com

LIMITADOR DE CARGA EVOLUCIONADO

Una empresa que avanza rápidamente en este sentido es la española GH Cranes & Components, que ha evolucionado su tecnología de limitador de carga, desarrollando el CoreBox, que instala de manera estándar en todos los nuevos productos. “Esencialmente, CoreBox se ha convertido en un data logger que recoge los datos del funcionamiento de las grúas”, afirma Pablo Pedrós Solano, director de ingeniería e investigación y desarrollo de la empresa. Estos datos incluyen información sobre la carga levantada en cada momento, las sobrecargas, la temperatura de los motores y la información de varias alarmas, entre otras. “CoreBox es el producto que recoge los datos y luego lo transfiere a diferentes plataformas como una aplicación, o un PC, o el centro de servicio global en GH”.

Que el CoreBox se instale como estándar, pone de relieve el compromiso de la empresa con la futura tecnología inteligente y significa que el cliente no tiene que comprar el dispositivo como un complemento. Uno de los mayores beneficios, dice Solano, es el mantenimiento inteligente: “Muchos contratos de mantenimiento [se basan en estimaciones por períodos] de mantenimiento preventivo. Con la enorme cantidad de datos que estamos recopilando, podemos pasar del mantenimiento preventivo al mantenimiento predictivo [basado en el uso real]. Ese es un reto para la industria: equilibrar la mezcla de mantenimiento con acciones predictivas “.

Como complemento de este paso hacia el mantenimiento inteligente, GH Cranes & Components ha lanzado también un nuevo portal de clientes dedicado a la gestión de mantenimiento, diseñado para ser un enlace directo entre el cliente y el Centro de Servicio Global.

“Este software nos permite obtener todos los incidentes y tareas que el cliente envía directamente”, dice Solano. “Optimiza el tiempo de preparación de los materiales requeridos. También concede acceso al cliente para revisar los datos históricos de mantenimiento y la información técnica de la grúa “.

El sistema también está vinculado al sistema de planificación de recursos de la empresa, lo que permite al cliente programar directamente sus requisitos de mantenimiento. “Muy pocas empresas han implementado esta pasarela”, dice Solano.

La empresa ofrece a los clientes una serie de opciones para acceder a la información del registrador de datos CoreBox: 3G, GPRS, wifi y conexión USB local. También ha desarrollado aplicaciones y software para permitir la conexión de tabletas o teléfonos inteligentes, así como los controles remotos de PC o radio.

Una ventaja clave de la recopilación y el intercambio de datos es que puede ser utilizado por los fabricantes para actualizar sus productos con mayor eficacia. También significa inversión en nueva capacidad de procesamiento. “Necesitaremos estar en una plataforma fuerte para permitir que nuestros clientes tengan todos sus datos listos y disponibles. Pero también que los datos estén disponibles para nosotros para seguir actualizando y mejorando nuestros productos, porque el departamento de investigación y desarrollo tendrá información valiosa sobre la forma en que se utilizan nuestras grúas “, dice Solano.

El acceso a estos datos es uno de los retos a los que se enfrenta la industria y Solano señala que GH sólo accederá a ella con el permiso del cliente.