Laser-View Technologies has just released its next-generation Crane Sentry® Zone Manager II for advanced no-fly zoning with overhead cranes. This product is an advancement on the popular Zone Manager system that has already set the bar in the overhead crane industry for no-fly zoning.

The new product improves on the expandable capabilities of the system and permits remote configuration via a smartphone or tablet, while still providing controls onboard. Zone Manager is considered a “field mod” for crane dealers, as it is easily retrofitted to existing cranes.

Cranes are typically used to transport tools and materials within a facility. Often, the end user wishes to ensure that the hoist does not enter an area with a structure or equipment. In this area, either Bridge and Trolley motion can be restricted entirely or just in fast speed.

Laser-View Technologies’ Crane Sentry® Zone Manager II provides systems that use long range laser distance sensors in 2 axes capable of measuring up to 500 meters. This technology provides an absolute position that does not require mechanical positioning of limit switches or re-zeroing of encoders.

Crane Sentry® Zone Manager provides an off-the-shelf system for keeping EOT cranes from interfering with structures or equipment under a crane runway. Crane Sentry® provides highly configurable systems that can prevent accidental damage to in-plant building or machinery by creating no-fly zones around each area.

Accidental interference can lead to several problems:

  • Injury to personnel
  • Damage to structure
  • Damage to tooling or materials being transported
  • Downtime to evaluate the incident

With the Zone Manager, a virtual box is made around the restricted zone using (2) laser sensor axis. Zone Manager provides intuitive configuration, is easy to install, and provides everything you need as a package.

Key features include:

  • Up to 8 zones
  • Two axis measurement – bridge and trolley
  • Controls are housed in its own enclosure, ready to mount; remote access available through a smart device with no internet connection needed
  • Simple and intuitive color touch screen controls show set point and live readings
  • Program set points with simple TEACH button or key in values
  • Automatic slow and stop zones, with independent parameters for each zone
  • Override functionality
  • Remote I/O available as an option to interface with machine work centers
  • Visible red eye safe laser spot
  • Measures up to 500 m with a reflective target plate
  • Can measure to a natural target up to 100 meters

Crane Sentry® Zone Manager has the following key advantages over the competition:

    • Up to 8 zones in one 2 axis system
    • Controls are housed in its own enclosure, ready to mount; remote access available through a smart device with no internet connection needed
    • Up to 500 meters of measurement range
    • No reflector required for shorter runways
    • Visible red eye safe laser spot
    • Live error handling algorithm
    • Built in override function

This heart of our system is a robust measuring device and is not treated as a proximity sensor. You read a live value and teach/enter actual set points to determine zone perimeter. Click here to download the full product overview.

The Crane Sentry® product line is manufactured and marketed by Laser-View Technologies for crane collision detection, zone control, and positioning applications. Crane Sentry® is designed and manufactured in the USA.

Interested in learning more about the Crane Sentry® product line? Click here to contact Laser-View Technologies.