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D2Cranes Standardizes on Safety for Cleanroom Lifting Equipment

Dutch hoist and crane manufacturer, D2Cranes, is advancing safety through their new series of innovative cleanroom cranes. The new cranes incorporate technological advances in two areas: safe motion control and component redundancy.

SAFE MOTION CONTROL


One step taken by D2Cranes to address the high safety need in cleanroom environments is related to motion control. Loads that are moved in cleanroom environments are very delicate and extremely valuable. D2Cranes has made it a high priority that every movement must be performed precise and without shocks or swinging, regardless of the size/shape of the load, or how the rigging is configured to carry the load.

To fulfill these requirements, D2Cranes has collaborated with CAMotion, and VMS. CAMotion is a US-based manufacturer of robotics, and leader in the field of crane control. VMS is an authorized CAMotion distributor in Europe. D2Cranes now offers their cleanroom cranes with CAMotion's
EXPERTOPERATORTM product integrated as standard.

EXPERTOPERATORTM is a technology that simplifies crane operation by enabling crane operators – novice or experienced – to operate a crane like an expert. The positive effects of this technology are that load-swing is prevented, even for complicated loads, and collisions are significantly reduced or eliminated entirely.

Roland Hessels, founder and director of D2Cranes who has been in the crane industry for over a decade, has appreciable familiarity with anti-sway technology. “From a safety point of view, the industry has needed anti-sway for many years. CAMotion has refined the technology to the level where it is viable for robust industrial use.”

COMPONENT REDUNDANCY


Another way D2Cranes is standardizing on safety is by engineering their cranes with redundant control systems. The range of cleanroom hoists from D2Cranes contains every crucial part – twice – even components such as the drives, brakes, and lifting ropes. This is necessary to guarantee safe and correct functioning of the hoist under all circumstances.


Thorough risk analyses revealed that cleanroom environments tend to have space restrictions, equipment/load cost, and a higher risk for human injury. The space restriction contributes to the potential for costly collisions with workers or equipment. A human life is priceless, a wafer stepper lens, for example, is a multi-million dollar expense. Therefore, the elevated risks applicable in cleanroom environments demand an equally high level of safety to mitigate those risks.


The teams at CAMotion, D2Cranes, and VMS are excited about the collaboration. Rob Loomis, Director of Business Development at CAMotion, and Niels van der Sloot, principle at VMS, believe that the collaboration not only contributes to increased safety, but also increased productivity, and lower operating expense. Roland Hessels believes that the collaboration is adding value to the lifting industry, with dedication to develop innovative and safe lifting solutions.


FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT EXPERTOPERATORTM IN THE US CONTACT:

Dr. Khalid Sorensen
CAMotion Inc.
404.920.0735
Khalid.Sorensen@CAMotion.com

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT EXPERTOPERATORTM IN EUROPE CONTACT:
Niels van der Sloot
VMS
31.35.6096400
Niels@vms.nu

FOR QUESTIONS THE CLEANROOM HOISTS OF D2CRANES CONTACT:
Roland Hessels

D2Cranes
31.6.53 65 2494
Roland.Hessels@D2Cranes.com


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