Modern gantry cranes in port facilities all over the world are freely movable “transporters” for containers on rubber wheels with their own drive units, e.g. in order to be able to change aisles (without conductor rails) (RTG – Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes). To ensure the constant functioning of these units, an automatic monitoring system was developed by the crane manufacturer together with Schilfknecht AG. Sensors and radio modules installed in the drive unit are used for this purpose, which regularly record the continuously registered operating data and communicate it worldwide. In view of the demand for free mobility, wireless technology was used for this purpose.
The DATAEAGLE 7050 gateway with various fieldbus interfaces is connected to the control system. From there, the data is transmitted via mobile radio to the device cloud and from there to an ERP or a customer cloud. There, the data can be tracked and corrective measures can be taken in case of irregularities or service calls can be coordinated by the customer.