Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Industrial Communications: Cranes

Crane Communications
Setcom configures systems specifically tailored for the many industrial and marine crane applications that exist. Whether you operate a gantry, mobile, overhead, railroad, deck, aerial, barge-based, tower, telescopic, or hammerhead crane, proper communications is critical for the safety of the operator and surrounding personnel and property.

OSHA Crane Communications Rules
With the completion of OSHA Final Rule 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, crane operators are adapting and rethinking their communications procedures. Subpart CC requires "hands-free communication" for operators if radio communications are being used. In these situations, more sophisticated equipment must be used and this is where Setcom's gear plays a critical role in meeting the new Subpart CC. Devices such as a Setcom foot switch for keying a radio, help meet OSHA's requirements. 

While hand signals are permissible, in many situations under OSHA regulations, radio communications can be a much safer and effective form of communications when using a crane. In fact for gantry cranes, OSHA recommends the use of radio communications. An OSHA study found that radio communications while operating a gantry crane increased the productivity of the crane operator.

Setcom Crane Communications Solutions
  • LiberatorMAX: For communications between the crane operator and the signal person, the inexpensive and simple to use LiberatorMAX is ideal. The LiberatorMAX system is up and running 30 seconds after opening the box and allows for full-duplex communications and no requirement to push-to-talk (PTT) thus meeting the latest OSHA Subpart CC rule.
  • 900SP: Advanced single-person system for industrial vehicle and interior building applications.
  • Wireless System 977: For communications between more than two workers, the combination of the Liberator Wireless Headset and System 977 works well and has many advanced features including hands-free, full duplex and integration into mobile radios.