LONDON: August 13, 2019. Queensland-based lift and orientation technology specialist Verton Australia has launched its remote-controlled load management system for crane operations in Britain.
The R-Series system, invented by Verton’s founder and CTO Stan Thomson, can be applied to suspended loads of all sizes and across industries including engineering, construction, general cargo shipping, resource development, defence and mining.
Available in various models and handling loads of up to 20 tonnes, the equipment is operated through an industrial remote control with cameras to live stream the operation. All the models connect to smart software that interprets real-time load movement while live metrics help with decision-making on site and stored data provides information for future efficiencies and benchmarking.
The system has been trialled in England by building and engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine and also demonstrated at the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project site in London.
McAlpine Chief Engineer Lifting Solutions Craig Hook commented: “We’ve undertaken trials with the R-Series to demonstrate how a load can be controlled without the need for taglines, particularly useful when working at height and in built up areas,” he said.
“It was really interesting to see the Verton system in action at the demonstration. I was impressed with the ease with which a load can be turned remotely, meaning people are removed from the zone where they could be crushed. The days of the reliance on taglines could be a thing of the past.”
Dominic Lovelock, Bachy Soletanche marine manager from the Thames Tideway Tunnel project added: “The Verton equipment showed me the potential for new ways of safer lifting on our construction sites. There are a number of exciting companies creating innovative technologies for the construction industry with a view to improving health, safety and productivity and Verton is one of the companies leading the way. Verton’s new design has the potential to radically improve certain lifting scenarios so that manipulating loads with taglines is no longer required.”