Chain hoists forms the robust heart of the crane technology range. It is employed wherever heavy loads must be transported safely, e.g. in the pre-treatment area and on zinc coating lines, single-rail lines and double girder bridge cranes.
The hoists can be fitted with a choice of lifting hook or claw and toggle, or special load carrying devices in line with customer specifications. INGENIA’s product diversity creates the ideal lifting gear for every situation.
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Robust, inverter-controlled rope hoists are ideal for the lifting of heavy loads on cranes or monorail systems. However, as opposed to chain hoists, they are only partially suitable for employment in acid-contaminated environments and atmospheres.
Lifting speeds are dependent upon the loads and can exceed than those of chain hoists. The large rope drum minimises wear, which in turn means lower maintenance costs.
These features allow the lifting and lowering of lifting beams (goods carriers) as required. This provides quick and economical goods loading and removal for the worker at handling height and thus increased productivity.
If weighing is integrated, this takes place along with removal in a single working step.
Reliable, standard cranes are available that can also be customised for special applications including workshops, paint shops, sand blasting and powder coating facilities, as well as pickling plants and the transportation of prefabricated concrete components. The cranes are suitable for use in acid contaminated environments and atmospheres, e.g. over the immersion tanks in galvanising plants.
Bridge cranes can be fitted with either chain or rope hoists. Moreover, manual and radio control are both possible, along with semi- and fully automated operation via WLAN.
The INGENIA patented load lifting system allows lifting beams to be picked up from four sides. The system is manufactured from corrosion-resistant, spheroidal cast steel and tested for fatigue strength. As a result of a unique claw and toggle design, angled positions of the lifting beam of up to 25° are possible.
Depending upon requirements, INGENIA develops an optimum lifting beam design with its customers, which is subsequently completed as a section beam or framework construction. Lifting beams can be fitted with the INGENIA claw & toggle system, or equipped with a standard crane hook.
INGENIA vibrators are designed exactly in line with the needs of the customer. Particular care is taken to ensure that vibrations are not conducted into the lifting gear, but solely into the goods to be galvanised.
INGENIA vibrators can be mounted on intermediate lifting beams, or directly on the lifting gear hook.
Chain conveyors serve as horizontal transport buffers for lifting beams in the loading and unloading areas. They are also employed as underfloor driers and are therefore suitably heat resistant.
Retrofitting into existing lines is possible at any time.
INGENIA offers weighing systems with a calibration capability for loading and unloading stations, as well as for installation directly above the zinc bath.
Weighing takes place using integrated, robustly designed weighting cells.
The weighing data can either be fed into the customer enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, or be printed out directly at the weighing station.
Weighing has a precision of 1:1000.
Ingenia control software contains all the functions that are essential to an optimised galvanising process. Via WLAN, a main PLC with central control logic directs the individual transport and travel units in an “automatic” or “semi-automatic” mode. These can also be addressed manually, for example during servicing, using remote radio control.
IMES – the modular extendable software package
The Ingenia Manufacturing Execution System (IMES) represents an intelligent, efficient and individually adjustable link between the company management and production Levels.
Among other features, IMES incorporates resistant data storage. Therefore all relevant data can be called up on an ERP level and be passed on to the company management.
Simulation and virtual start-up
This software package, which was specially developed for material flow planning and simulation, tests and optimises control system software, thereby reducing start-up times considerably.
The package is capable of testing and comparing differing scenarios and layouts in order to detect logistical bottlenecks and potential deadlock situations (plant downtimes). Strategies for efficient Interim buffering and tour planning can thus be developed.
If recipes and production sequences are entered, for example for five weeks of operations, within just a few hours the software delivers a complete simulation. This allows the determination of valuable data regarding subsequent production reality and critical operating situations can be subjected to preventive testing. The industrial PC guides the simulation system with the control software already designed for actual operations.