Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH

COLLABORATION ON A NEW AUTOMATIC HOOK FOR CRANES

The company Elebia Autohooks, the Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC), Motion Control Applications (MCIA UPC) and Eurecat-CTM are collaborating on a new, innovative automatic hook for cranes that enables processes to be improved and reduces the accident rate, which is mainly caused by bad use of anchoring systems that can lead to objects falling. On the basis of a hook patented by the company that can hook and unhook the load remotely using an automatic motorized system, an information management system will be developed to control the safety and traceability in applications for handling suspended loads, based on identifying anchoring elements using RFID tags and calculations of the load supported in each operation. Information on each operation will be transmitted via the cloud to a centralized management system. Using artificial intelligence algorithms, this system will determine the state of the anchoring elements and the traceability of loads. The investment required for the project is 872,283 and it is expected to generate 3.5 million euros in 2019.

Elebia, with headquarters in Mataro, is a forerunner and leader in the market for automatic hooks and has carried out important projects with national and international clients such as SpaceX, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Airbus, among others.