Trutegra recently examined a large number of sensors and data points generated in automated crane systems, which are usually collected by a PLC for use in decision making, e.g., selecting automated moves.
A company that manufactures products used in a variety of outdoor activities, including bullets that make up rounds of ammunition, wanted to expand their facility and upgrade the automation of the control systems. The company hired Trutegra to install its TruTime scheduling package to replace the existing obsolete system.
Automated cranes provide a critical function in the metals industry. These cranes depend upon the reliability of wireless communications within their working environment. The identification of the proper hardware to provide the necessary reliability is crucial and can become one of the more difficult aspects of the project. Trutegra has extensive experience with this technology and can provide the right hardware for the job.
Trutegra was hired by a cement manufacturing company to semi-automate a bucket crane in one of their facilities. A sister plant in the same company, learning of this project, requested the installation of full automation at their facility. Trutegra completed the two projects in parallel, building on the one application to complete the task.
To handle and store the wide variety of rolled products, an aluminum processing company utilized an overhead bridge crane together with a solid fixed mast extending from the bridge almost to floor level.
Almost a decade ago a dry stack storage facility for boats was built in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This facility introduced a new concept, i.e., the use of an overhead crane to lift and locate the boats. Trutegra was approached to survey the system and determine whether it was possible to automate the crane, as was originally intended. Trutegra completed the survey and proposed an upgrade to the hardware that was presently installed, to fully automate the crane.
TruStor is a complete Warehouse Management System (WMS) consisting of material handling equipment automation and supervisory logic to optimize storage space and efficiency. Recognizing a common limitation in other WMS packages, Trutegra purpose-built TruStor from the ground up to seamlessly interface with their crane automation solutions.
The client recognized the need to automate the storage and retrieval processes to minimize lost time in locating specific coils and avoid the selection of the wrong steel coil. Trutegra was hired to add automation features to replace the previous manual system and incorporate the validation steps required to ensure the selection and removal of the correct coil.
An Aluminum Producer operates a casthouse in a remote part of Canada. This is a very busy environment with a 24/7 operation. Multiple bridge cranes are used to transport ladles of molten aluminum and pour ingots for the rolling mill. Mobile vehicles are present in the area along with foot traffic, and 2 bridge cranes.