The Need for Load Stabilization in Construction
According to the Conference of Computing in Civil Engineering, cranes are one of the most extensively used pieces of heavy equipment in the construction industry, with approximately 125,000 in use every day on construction sites. Crane operations typically deal with loads of high mass and size that hand underneath the hook of an overhead crane. A load in such position has similar movement to that of a pendulum. Currently, the primary tactic for mitigating this swing is relying on crane operators strategic counter-movements and positioning of the load directly under the crane. Although these strategies are effective to a certain extent, they are certainly not perfect and can result in significant negative externalities, such as efficiency losses and safety hazards.
The Effect of the LSS on the Construction Industry
Considering the lack of a consistent load control mechanism for crane operations, Vita’s LSS is well positioned to positively contribute to the industry. With the LSS in place, crane operators will have an easier time monitoring and controlling the load and performing maneuvers like high-speed move and sudden stop. This type of motion has traditionally generated significant load sway as a result of inertia but the LSS is capable of mitigating the movement’s impact through its sensors. The ability to streamline and control movements will allow crane operators to more efficiently carry out their missions.
Additionally, the greater control that the LSS will provide over the crane load will also solve serious safety issues facing the construction industry. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, an average of 43 crane-related deaths occur per year, many of which stem from crane loads swinging into the workers. By making crane operations safer overall, Vita’s technology can also decrease liability for crane operators and contractors alike.