From data to action: how Bromma Spreader Monitoring System helps to improve crane efficiency

The spreader is just a component – or subsystem – in a crane, but it is one of the most important subsystems. It is widely known that up to 50% of quay carne downtime is caused by the spreader. Factors such as harsh weather conditions and landing impact forces put the spreader to the test. To address this challenge and optimize spreader performance, Bromma has developed an innovative concept known as the Spreader Health Monitoring System.

Drawing Inspiration from Gaming

Taking inspiration from the gaming world, where character health is evaluated based on their virtual performance, Bromma has devised an algorithm that assesses the health of the spreader. By analyzing sensor signal stability, motor power consumption, internal faults, and the number of moves performed, the algorithm provides terminal operators with vital information to enhance operational efficiency and prevent costly interruptions.

Spreader Health Assessment

The Bromma Spreader Monitoring System (SMS) visually represents the health of the spreader fleet through an intuitive Green/Yellow/Red signal visualization. A green signal indicates a spreader in good condition, while a yellow signal suggests some level of issue that should be addressed at the next planned stop. A red signal signifies a spreader requiring immediate attention.

Preventing Costly Downtime

By acting upon the health indications provided by the SMS, terminal operators can proactively address spreader issues and avoid costly crane downtime. The system not only predicts potential problems but also offers detailed information about the issue and provides step-by-step instructions for maintenance personnel, saving valuable time and further reducing equipment downtime.

Integration with Existing Systems

The Bromma Spreader Health Monitoring System analyzes data from over 800 measurement points within the spreader. However, transmitting this vast amount of data directly to the crane or a crane management system is not feasible without prior processing. To overcome this challenge, Bromma has implemented an Application Programming Interface (API) that seamlessly integrates SMS data into various systems, including crane management and maintenance management systems.

Enhancing Efficiency and Reliability

Bromma’s Spreader Monitoring System introduces a new level of efficiency and reliability to crane operations. The advanced algorithms and comprehensive data analysis empower terminal operators with crucial insights into spreader health. Real-time visualizations and proactive alerts enable timely maintenance actions, preventing costly interruptions and minimizing crane downtime. Integrated with existing management systems, the SMS enhances overall operational efficiency, reducing the burden on maintenance personnel.

The Bromma Spreader Monitoring System helps crane operations by providing terminal operators with a comprehensive understanding of the spreader fleet health. By utilizing advanced algorithms and real-time data analysis, the system enables proactive maintenance and minimizes downtime. Integrated with existing management systems, the SMS enhances overall operational efficiency, reducing the burden on maintenance personnel and improving the productivity of terminal operations.

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