RailQ Geometric Crane Runway Survey from Konecranes Increases Accuracy, Safety, and Efficiency

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Konecranes, a global leader in manufacturing and servicing of overhead cranes and other lifting equipment, has introduced RailQ Runway Survey, a unique alignment survey technology developed to provide faster, safer, and more accurate analysis than any other type of rail survey available worldwide.

Konecranes RailQ Crane Runway Survey

The RailQ testing method can reduce surveying time by more than 80 percent as compared to other runway survey methods .

Konecranes, a global leader in manufacturing and servicing of overhead cranes and other lifting equipment, has introduced RailQ Runway Survey, a unique alignment survey technology developed to provide faster, safer, and more accurate analysis than any other type of crane rail survey available worldwide. RailQ uses highly precise and state-of-the-art survey techniques with Konecranes-specific software to accurately measure straightness, elevation, rail-to-rail elevation, and span of the rails. The result is a precise, reliable runway analysis that provides cost-effective solutions for any rail system and for all makes and models of cranes, and takes a fraction of the time to conduct as compared to traditional rail surveys.

Efficient crane operation requires a crane that runs straight and smooth on its runway. RailQ uses proprietary visualization technology and a remote controlled robot trolley which runs along the rail collecting data via Bluetooth® technology and transferring the data to a total station to determine tracking issues and misalignments—critical problems which can potentially lead to accelerated wear, higher costs, and even failure. At the total station, survey software processes the data for straightness, span, elevation, and rail-to-rail elevation. RailQ inspection methods can also verify the geometry of the crane structure and components, identifying problems that can result from geometric deficiencies.

Experienced crane engineers analyze all RailQ survey data and provide customers with proactive, cost-effective recommendations for corrective action. The expert analysis is supported by visualization software that produces accurate and dependable calculations. Engineers interpret the survey findings based on two-dimensional graphs, data spreadsheets, corrective action reports, and three-dimensional plots of the runway rails.

The RailQ testing method can reduce surveying time by more than 80 percent as compared to other crane runway survey methods by assessing all dimensions of the crane rail with one measurement—keeping downtime to a minimum. Traditional runway tests require three separate measurements to assess straightness, elevation, and span, requiring technicians to navigate the runway multiple times. With RailQ, technicians navigate the runway just once to obtain all distinct measurement data, reducing surveying time and significantly decreasing the technician's risk of fall and trip hazards.

To view a detailed video overview of the RailQ Runway Survey go to http://www.konecranesamericas.com and click on Video Library. For more material handling products and services, contact Konecranes Inc., Region Americas Headquarters, 4401 Gateway Boulevard, Springfield, OH 45502 toll free at 1-800-934-6976 or by fax 937-325-8945.

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting BusinessesTM, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports, and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes. The Group has 9,800 employees, at more than 545 locations in 43 countries, including 100 service branches in North America.

Further information:

Konecranes Inc.
Scott Gilbey
Marketing and Communications Region Americas
Email: scott.gilbey (at) konecranes (dot) com
Phone: (937) 525-5533

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