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Long-Range Distance Meter for Bridge Cranes

Accurate Distance Measurements for Bridge Cranes in Busy Seaports

Monitoring the position of trollies and hoists on bridge cranes in busy seaports requires accurate distance measurements afforded by our laser distance sensors. Laser distance meters often replace damaged encoders. The position is continually monitored for crash-avoidance and for automated retrieval systems.

Industry Example:

The Cargo Transportation Industry is relentless about saving time and space, and they demand fast turn-around of their ships while in port and attempt to make the most efficient use of space on their cargo vessels to maximize profits.

One way they do this is by automating much of the loading and unloading of containers and pallets from ships. Cranes do the heavy lifting and many are operated by skilled workers. Acuity rangefinders are used to measure the location of a trolley on a bridge crane, location of a crane hoist lowering onto a container, the height of a payload relative to the crane, or cargo detection when a container is lifted off a chassis to automate much of the handling process.

Related Products

AR1000 Laser Distance Sensor

The Acuity AR1000 laser distance sensor can measure up to 30 meters on natural targets and up to 150 meters with a retroreflective target with an accuracy of ± 3 mm. This rugged sensor is built for tough, industrial environments and applications such as fill level measurement and material height monitoring.

AR2000 Laser Distance Meter

The AR2000 is a highly accurate laser measurement sensor that is designed to work well outdoors, in bright lights, and on hot targets. With the ability to take accurate measurements (± 1 mm) from distances up to 500 meters away, and a measurement frequency of up to 100 Hz, it is the perfect laser for a wide range of applications.

AR2500 Laser Sensor

AR2500 laser sensors are Acuity Laser’s ultra-compact rangefinder models. This eye-safe rangefinder has a measurement frequency of up to 30 kHz and can measure the distances to natural targets up to 30 meters away or to retroreflective targets 260 meters away. This laser is best for applications that demand high sampling rates.

AR3000 Distance Measurement Sensor

AR3000 distance measurement sensors are Acuity’s longest-range models. Ideal for measuring positions of cranes and trolleys, the time-of-flight sensor can measure up to 300 meters to natural surfaces and up to 3,000 meters when using a retroreflective target.