Crane safety system launched in UK

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

09 August 2019


A remote-controlled load management system developed for all crane operations which significantly improves safety by eliminating the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads has been launched in the UK.

Lift and orientation specialist Verton Australia has developed the R-Series, a system which can be applied to suspended loads of all sizes and across industries including marine. The system, invented by Verton’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, Stan Thomson, was recently honoured by the Good Design Awards, Australia’s peak industry design awards, in the engineering design category.

The R-Series is available in various models and can handle loads of up to 20 tonnes. Verton has also developed solutions up to 400 tonnes. The equipment is operated through an industrial remote control with cameras to live stream the operation. All models connect to smart software which interprets real time load movement. Live metrics help with decision making on site with stored data informing future efficiencies and benchmarking.

Verton Managing Director Trevor Bourne said: “We’re delighted to be launching this new technology in the UK which will significantly improve safety and boost productivity and efficiency. “The R-series is a world-first, remote-controlled load management system which Stan Thomson invented and it is revolutionising the world of lifting operations. With the R-Series, workers will thankfully no longer be near or under moving loads reducing accidents and fatality rates in crane operations.

“Verton’s equipment has already been adopted by crane companies and mine operators in Australia and we have had strong interest in Europe and are talking to companies globally. Our lifting solutions will be used around the world and we are looking forward to working with UK partners in the coming months.”

Verton was recently selected to take part in the PortXL Port and Maritime Accelerator program in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where it established partnerships with global marine contractor Van Oord, international heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet and wind turbine supplier Vestas to further develop a new, safer lifting method for installing wind turbine blades. The deal was the largest in the four-year history of the PortXL program.