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Solutions for the autonomous operation of process cranes

The increasing demand for products necessitates shorter material turnaround times. This applies to the bulk goods industry with organic waste / bulk recycling, to the cement industry, and to general cargo handling such as, e.g. paper, steel coils and container storage. The requirement stipulates a 24/7 operation with overwhelmingly identical warehouse geometry in old facilities without additional staff deployment.

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André Feldmann

Tried and tested crane management and warehouse management system

Our highly flexible crane and warehouse management system with fully adjustable warehouse geometry facilitates the efficient capacity utilisation of existing warehouse space – tailored specifically to your own needs, and with intuitive operator functionality.

Detailed plant situation

Every installation is extensively tested before commissioning using our detailed, in-house solution programme. This provides you with an exact understanding of the working method at an early stage, allowing for changes to be initiated as needed. You can maintain an overview of the plant(s) at any time via secure remote access: 24/7 and worldwide.

Flexible warehouse management system - optimized for storage of bulk goods

Collaboration with renowned crane manufacturers

In collaboration with leading global manufacturers for cranes and lifting equipment, the engineers at AUCOTEAM GmbH have developed a flexible warehouse management system for the automation of process cranes used with bulk goods. A warehouse and crane management system from AUCOTEAM for a bridge crane system is currently in operation in a fuel storage facility at Fernheizwerk II at the University of Tübingen, which is operated by the Mannheim-based company MVV Enamic GmbH. The equipment here enables fully automatic 24/7 operation. At the same time the operator can also intervene individually.

The key data on the high-performance solution that was developed by AUCOTEAM in collaboration with experts from crane manufacturers is as follows:

  • Automated warehouse operation
  • Elective manual or automatic operation
  • Dynamic combination of material profiles
  • Priority-led order processing

In view of our well-founded, industry-specific expertise in the automation of bulk goods warehousing, we received orders for further projects – new build orders and retrofit crane modernisation measures.

Parameters of the AUCOTEAM solution

Consistent use of standard software

  • Siemens SPS for crane control
  • Siemens WinCC for warehouse management
  • Microsoft SQL server for warehouse management
  • Location-independent warehouse monitoring

Extensive, free configurable warehouse storage

  • Number of inbound/outbound warehouse zones as well as interim warehouse parameterisable
  • Material quantity and material types parameterisable
  • Material mixing (formula) are supported
  • Transport priorities parameterisable
  • Straightforward creation and adjustment of warehousing space
  • Recording of turnover quantities and warehouse capacity utilisation
  • The type of material use and material rejection parameterisable

Our competencies

We develop warehouse management systems and software solutions for fully automated bulk material cranes that incorporate obstacle avoidance control and an anti-sway system. Our customers feel the benefits of working with us as early as during the project development phase, thanks to our extensive industry knowledge; meaning that they can enjoy a comprehensive advisory service for the crane system and its integration into existing IT system and automation environments, in addition to the complex software solution required for crane handling.

Platforms

  • Operating system: Windows
  • Database: MS-SQL
  • Programming tools: Simatic-Step7, TIA-Portal, MS.NET
  • Visualisation software: Simatic WinCC

Plants

  • Bulk goods storage:
    Cement industry, waste-to-energy, biomass power stations
  • Warehousing facilities:
    Roll shop management, coil warehouse, sheet warehouse

Selected projects

Automation of product warehouse
for Ilsenburger Großblech GmbH

Overhead crane model for bulk handling

Automation project for
Angang New Steel Corporation, Anshan/China


Contact persons process crane automation

André Feldmann
T. +49 30 42188-524
F. +49 30 2315467

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AUCOTEAM GmbH
Storkower Str. 115a, 10407 Berlin

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Our engineers execute sophisticated projects within process crane automation, as well as for many other sectors:

Energy industry Building automation Testing automation Steel & rolling mills Water & waste water Mining operators