No-fly zones refer to protected areas where normal crane operation is limited or entirely restricted. Magnetek® brand Intelli-Protect Systems allow you to designate locations where a crane is programmed to slow down or stop, using motion control products such as variable frequency drives, radio remote controls, limit switches, and sensors. These versatile systems — ranging from simple configurations, to the more complex — can be added to existing crane controls or on new installations. Implementing an Intelli-Protect System limits the risk of collisions, increases safety for equipment and personnel, and improves facility throughput.
From Columbus McKinnon Automation, Intelli-Protect, and other automation solutions, increase the safety, productivity, and uptime of your facility. Intelli-Protect is ideal for the automotive, steel, manufacturing, and pulp and paper industries.
To limit the risk of collisions, Intelli-Protect offers two protection boundaries to limit or stop crane operation. When crossing an initial slow down boundary, the crane speed is limited. When crossing a stop boundary, the crane stops to prevent entrance into the no-fly zone. The crane can back out of a zone and resume operation at normal speeds and control directions outside of the no-fly zone.
A Personal Electronic Device (PED), such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, allows for full configuration of Intelli-Protect Systems. Systems can also be enabled or disabled as changing process, plant, and crane conditions require. After commissioning, the PED can monitor no-fly zones, inputs, outputs, and troubleshoot faults or alarms. The Wi-Fi signal can be turned off after setup to prevent programming changes.
PLC experience is not required for installation and commissioning of Intelli-Protect, so your facility can get up and running quickly. Using the Wi-Fi connection to the web interface eliminates the need to go up on the crane to set up or view diagnostic information. The user interface is designed to enable configurations from the plant floor. Intelli-Protect provides an overview that displays plant floor layout, active zones, and crane movement, as well as control system status information.
Once two-sided, three-sided, four-sided, or configurable no-fly zones are designated, cranes reliably and consistently traverse production areas, minimizing downtime.
Robust design allows for fixed location or fully configurable operation in both indoor and outdoor applications. The Intelli-Protect System can be easily bundled with Magnetek® brand motion control products for additional safety and diagnostic information.
At Columbus McKinnon, we are dedicated to accelerating innovation and expanding our portfolio of automation and diagnostic solutions. One way we are doing this is through the development of intelligent automation solutions for new and existing cranes. See how our technology is helping to create the smart cranes of the future.
Operational efficiency and streamlined production processes are critical to your business. Columbus McKinnon and its dedicated Automation Division works side by side with customers to leverage automation technology to solve the high-value problems that are important to their business. We’ll partner with you every step of the way, from project evaluation to aftermarket support, to ensure your application needs are met – every time. Want to learn more? Download our Automation Brochure to learn more.
With more than a century and a half of experience in motion control products and solutions, Columbus McKinnon is developing technology and automation systems to create intelligent solutions for the steel industry.