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High-tech camera applications fill in the blanks

February 23, 2016

Camera applications are an essential part of Konecranes’ customer solutions. With the help of cameras, the operator can instantly know what is happening several meters away from his location: cameras are able to see what human eyes can’t.

“In automotive industry processes, such as die handling, operation monitoring with cameras is needed in places where it is impossible for the operator to monitor the process details,” explains Marko Piela, Automotive Industry Specialist at Konecranes.

“The benefits of these cameras are very similar to those of rear-view car cameras. They enable the driver to see things they can’t see with their own eyes,” adds Tero Jaakkola, Product Manager of SMARTON® cranes.

Konecranes’ camera applications are highly useful, for example, in handling big loads and having high lifting heights. They can also be of great assistance in operations that require accurate load handling and positioning.

“Live-stream in crane operations is essential to further enhance safety and accurate operations. Situational awareness also increases remarkably and object recognition is made possible,” Piela explains.

Camera applications can also make troubleshooting easier as they enable triggered recordings. This increases productivity and helps to keep the equipment in top condition.

Technology as the key driver of change

There is a high demand for camera applications in many different industries. The technology is used, for example, in waste-to-energy production, in the steel industry and for container handling in ports.

“Cameras are an integral part of the BOXHUNTER container handling crane. This technology relies greatly on the use of cameras to guide operations,” Piela explains.  

Applications come in two versions: those based on wireless and those based on hard-wired technology. In the Remote Operation System (ROS) version, the crane is operated from a separate control room using hard-wired technology. For example, the majority of waste-to-energy plant operations are automated, but ROS enables crane operations that can’t be fully automated and require human input.

Applications using wireless technology allow crane operator mobility and the use of tablets. In addition to the camera image, current developments include the possibility to move operations to the tablet.

Future can offer even more operational possibilities

Together with Konecranes’ crane professionals, the User Experience (UX) design mindset and its customer oriented outlook create a strong foundation for Konecranes’ R&D.

R&D combined with customer needs opens new ways to utilize camera applications and brings clear customer benefits.


Key advantages


1. Reach: thanks to the latest technology, cameras see things the human eye can’t see.

2. Versatility: the camera applications have a wide range of industry uses and are designed to fit industry specific criteria.

3. Safety: cameras enable control rooms to remotely control operations for increased operational safety.


Text: Venla Pöyliö, Nina Lindqvist
Photos: Konecranes