ELEBIA, THE LEADER IN INTELLIGENT LIFTING SYSTEMS, LAUNCHES ITS NEW SOLUTION
THE NEO GENERATION
VERSATILITY IN CRANES
REGNER® EDITORIAL TEAM
Elebia’s history dates back to 2006, when its founder, industrial engineer Oscar Fillol, had to buy some cranes for the company he worked for. To his surprise, he discovered that the solutions on the market were incomplete.
Everything was automatic, remotely controlled and highly automated, but there was an obvious gap when it came to hooks. Fillol wondered how it was possible that, despite the existence of cranes with a high level of automation, in the end an operator had to climb onto the load to attach it to the hook. You could buy the most sophisticated crane on the market and yet, in the end, the operators still had to manually connect the load; this did not make any sense.
After three years of research and a million euros of investment,this engineer from Barcelona made the automatic hook a reality – with remote control that attaches and releases loads remotely and in complete safety.
Since then it has no longer been necessary for an operator to climb onto the load and manually place the slings or chains on the hook. Now Elebia’s intelligent hook is at the end of the crane arm. It is positioned over the load and operates on its own, remotely controlled by the crane operator, and only requires the rigging equipment to have a metal component that responds to a magnet.
Today, Elebia is a world leader in intelligent lifting solutions. Proof of this is that the company, which is based in Canet de Mar (Barcelona), supplies its technological solutions to leading companies such as Rolls-Royce, Space-X, ArcelorMittal, Boeing, Airbus, Siemens and Tenaris, among many others.
EQUIPPING CRANES FOR THE FUTURE
Decades of experience in the construction sectorhave led Elebia to design and build automatic hooks capable of offering impeccable performance in lifting mechanisms anywhere in the world.
The latest generation of NEO Lifting Hooks with advanced electronics offers construction companies unmatched performanceand the ability to meet the challenges of a wide variety of loads, whether precast concrete, formwork or metal structures.
This new solution, which can be easily integrated with current and future loading crane automation,makes work faster and safer, with a significant reduction in worker movements.
“Our goal has always been to provide the world’s most advanced and innovative crane hook that improves safety and productivity in loading operations.”
Oscar Fillol, Founder and CEO of Elebia
In addition, this solution allows the addition of value-added services such as a user control system and a real-time clock. All events (open hook, closing hook, overload alarm, unbalanced alarm, temperature alarm, service warning) are recorded and exported to a spreadsheet. By storing this information, users can manage information about the use of the hooks and any alarm events that may have occurred.
Thanks to its unique features,the NEO Lifting Hook offers a truly flexible solution for all lifting needs, while improving productivity, safety and comfort for the operator.
REGNER® DESIGNS THE LINEAR ACTUATOR FOR THE NEO LIFTING HOOK
The new automatic hook series is equipped with REGNER® linear actuators. This is a customised version of the RA38 actuator, one of the most precise and robust REGNER® actuators, which has been designed to work perfectly in the tightest of spaces.
The RA38 is a high-quality actuator that has been adapted to Elebia’s requirements. The person who analysed the initial data and guided the execution of this project, Elebia’s Product Engineer Jordi Fabra, was very clear about what he was looking forwhen he spoke to our engineers last September.
Fabra wanted a high level of customisation with a shorter stroke length, as well as special cables and connectors to facilitate communication between the interface and the control system; all at a very competitive price.
Having REGNER® actuators means not only getting a product tailored to the customer’s needs, but also having the support and collaboration of a team of engineers and technical experts with extensive knowledge and years of experience in a wide range of applications and products for motion control.
After the design, manufacture and integration of the new actuator into the NEO solution, Elebia’s Product Engineer Jordi Fabra could only conclude:
“The RA38 actuator has fully satisfied all our requirements”
The NEO Lifting Hook is equipped with REGNER® linear actuators
The operation of the NEO Lifting Hook is very simple. The lifting hook approaches the lifting point and, thanks to the highly customised RA38 linear actuator, the closing operation begins. Equipped with a contact sensor, the NEO Lifting Hook detects when the load is correctly positioned and NEO closes automatically.
Once the LED indicator activates, the load is ready to be lifted and transported. All this makes this system productive and reliable, as it allows for a significant reduction in handling operations.
The construction industry requires precise and robust equipment. All systems must undergo rigorous quality controls.
REGNER® electric linear actuators offer a level of precision that is only possible through the use of the highest quality components. In addition, REGNER® actuators are subjected to rigorous test procedures in which endurance tests are carried out to ensure reliable operation in applications and environments anywhere in the world.