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A Bridge Crane is a type of crane used in factories and industries, for lifting and moving heavy loads, allowing that large horizontal and vertical pieces can be moved.

A crane bridge is composed of a pair of parallel rails located high above the sides of the building with a movable metal bridge (beam) that covers the space between them. The hook, the lifting device of the crane, moves along with the bridge on which it is located; the hook in turn is housed on another rail that allows it to move to locate in positions between the two main rails.

Unlike mobile or construction cranes, crane bridges are generally used in factories or industrial sheds and are limited to operating within the shed or factory where they are installed.

The use of this type of crane is applied in the steel industry to move finished products, such as coils, pipes and beams, both for storage and for loading to convenient transports.

In the subsidiary cement industry, to facilitate the manufacture of pipes, posts, beams, among other products of great weight and volume.

In the automobile industry and heavy machinery, crane bridges are used to handle raw materials and in other cases for the assembly of large parts, in road machines (loader, bulldozer, motor grader, truck).

Almost all paper mills use bridge cranes for regular maintenance which requires removal of rollers and other heavy equipment.


Why use the Bridge Crane Simulator of LSyM for learning?

Thanks to our simulator the user, besides obtaining the necessary preparation to be able to undertake the works mentioned in the previous section, will be able to avoid, among others, the following risk situations:

  • Drag or trapping by the load or by the same crane
  • Impacts from the load or the same crane
  • Loss of stability (of the load, of the machine or of its elements)
  • Breakage of machine elements (due to aging, fatigue, etc.)
  • Electrical Risks
  • Inadequacy or inadequate design of guards or protective devices
  • Inadequate design of walking and stopping devices
  • Absence or inadequacy of safety signals and images
  • Inadequate means of loading / unloading
  • Fall of people to level and from height

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Characteristics of the simulator:

Bridge cranes are inside industrial facilities where heavy loads are moved constantly. This type of cranes are used for moving these loads efficiently and quickly between any point of the work area.

  • The bridge cranes has 3 travel axis. In this way the hook or any accessory, which can be located at any point of the work area, can be positioned.

Bridge Crane Simulator travel axis

  • The bridge cranes can be equipped with a wide range of accessories, usually hooks, spreaders, pallets lifters, electro-magnets, vacuum lifters, among others.

Bridge Crane Simulator hooks, spreaders, pallets lifters, electro-magnets, vacuum lifters,


Visualization System

  • Highly detailed 3D graphics
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  • Intuitive graphical interface

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  • HUD

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  • SOFTPANEL

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Sensors (Advanced and HID)

All the system of event inputs and analogue signals of the simulator is done in such a way being highly configurable. It can be used from gaming devices to high-level electronic boards.

Bridge Crane Simulator Sensors


Motion platform

The simulator is capable of using a moving platform to simulate sudden movements and accelerations which occur in the real machine.

The main objective is to get the user to perceive a greater sense of realism and immersion in learning. Many times, the fact of carrying out exercises with virtual reality simulators can cause demotivation in the end user of these simulators maybe because of its difficulty or because of the lack of physical responses.


Collaborative

The simulator is prepared for simulating several cranes (of the same type) in the same environment at the same time.

Thus a single instructor can assess to two or more operators each one of them controlling a crane.

The aptitudes of the future machine operators also can be trained for improving communication and efficiency when working with others.


Languages

Our simulators offer multi language support. Thanks to the settings panel, you can easily change the language in which the simulator is displayed. We currently offer translations into Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Japanese and German. If the language you require is not among the above, please contact us.


Screens

Simulator screens are a very important part. A bad screen setting can make the user experience, when using the crane, not being so immersive as it should be.

Therefore, our simulators provide a very intuitive interface of screen settings, easy to set up and designed for configuring the screen system where the simulator is executed. Up to 8 screens arranged in any position at any angle can be set. This allows endless possibilities for the user visual perception being this one identical to that perceived in a real crane.

Bridge Crane Simulator Screens

Instructional design:

Our Bridge Crane Simulator allow you to train using a crane model of medium range. The sofware has a modular desing composed of five subsystems that help to maximize the performance of training tasks. The training system has the following modules:

  • A set of exerices, named training design . This training design has been reviewed by several professionals.
  • A management system of users
  • An assessment and creation of reports system
  • A teacher interface.
  • A telescopic handler simulation system in real time.

User and Groups Management:

The simulator provides the necessary functions for the proper management of users and workgroups. Through the interface, basics tasks such as creating, editing and deleting both users and groups can be done adapting the simulator use to the customer needs. Also it allows you to view statistics and evaluations of each user in a clear and detailed way.

Bridge Crane Simulator User interface


Evaluation of exercises:

Every time an exercise is performed on the simulator, the necessary data are stored to proceed with the evaluation of the exercise itself. Users can access this information shown by an exercise report. This report contains important data such as the movements made or the remarkable observations and they are presented to users by charts and graphs showing in detail each one of the evaluated parameters, as well as information of interest such as the time taken to carry out the exercise, number of the exercise done, date, etc.


Debriefing:

One of the most beneficial features for the training offered by the simulators consists of being able to reproduce any exercise that has been done before. This feature is very important when trying to identify the mistakes made because the exercises can be played and viewed from any angle, rewinding or pausing the video.

In addition, a situation that occurs in the training processes is that students always tend to make similar mistakes. With the debriefing system of our simulators, an instructor can play exercises of any student in order to teach new students the mistakes they must avoid making.