Self-leveling spreader beam for adjusting the orientation of an overhead crane load

Aleksi Kuuva, Sean Connor, Paavo Palomäki, Mikko Heliö, Panu Kiviluoma, Petri Kuosmanen

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While the need to reorient crane loads while in-air exists, only a few products are available on the market which attempt to fulfill this specific purpose, but there exist inherent limitations. This study describes an under-the-hook device, that allows re-orientation of a load during an overhead crane lift. To develop such a device, product development methods were used to create, evaluate and narrow down different solution concepts for the problem. The resulting system structure was mechanically and electrically designed, and portions of the system were tested. A control logic for the operation of the product was developed, showing that proposed system has the potential to proceed to full size prototype phase. From product development perspective, this study presents a solution for mid-lift load rotation and guides the future development possibilities for the device.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Baltic Mechatronics Symposium
PublisherAalto University, School of Engineering
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-64-9603-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventBaltic Mechatronics Symposium - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 17 Apr 202017 Apr 2020


ConferenceBaltic Mechatronics Symposium

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