Accelerated commercialisation of world’s first and ground-breaking technology to rotate and manage suspended loads

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Industry partner

Verton Australia Pty Ltd

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Research organisation

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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Manufacturing investment

$4.4 million
($600,000 IMCRC)
for 2019–2020

Remote controlled load management system to control and manage suspended loads

Challenge

Rotating suspended loads is still a manual process, with workers using ropes, known as taglines, to orientate suspended loads into the correct positions. Verton is transforming this process with smart technology that allow suspended loads to be managed remotely and with precision.

Proposed Solution

Verton has partnered with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to further develop its remote-controlled load-management system for suspended loads.

Over the course of the next two years, researchers from QUT will explore advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics, sensing and data-analytics to streamline production processes and reduce the overall manufacturing costs. As part of the project, they will also investigate ways to improve the energy management and storage capabilities of the device.

The data generated from the sensors within the new technology will also be analysed to look for patterns and insights that can be used to both optimise the performance of the equipment itself and the overall operation of the crane and project.

The project will not only assist Verton in strengthening its market position and manufacturing capabilities but also provide technical solutions and manufacturing approaches that will increase local know how and competitiveness.