Work done using Effer cranes is made exceptionally easy and safe thanks to high technology electronic control systems*. Based on the various crane types, Effer offers two different solutions: DMU3000 PLUS and PROGRESS. The benefits deriving from both systems can be grouped in three areas:
• System structure
• Crane control tools
• Effects on crane operation
* On some crane models belonging to the medium and small range, the movement control system is solely achieved using hydraulic components.
Technical possibilities of PROGRESS 2.0
A new era. PROGRESS 2.0 is the new electronic management system that Effer designed for its cranes. It allows the operator to use Effer cranes at peak performance, In great safety and comfort, even when carrying out very difficult operations.
CAN-BUS Double network. All electronic components are connected together with two CAN-BUS networks that work simultaneously and independently, to allow maximum electronic-system reliability. The first network connects the electronic control units with the radio control and the distributor. The second network connects all motion and position sensors. The CAN-BUS dual network technology means faster fault detection.
Zero damage. The connections are highly resistant to mechanical stress, thanks to the co-moulded connectors. The electronic components and system sensors are located in protected positions, to prevent accidental damage.
Everything in order. With PROGRESS 2.0 the different wirings are arranged with multiple-socket jointing, grouping the CAN-BUS connections at precise easily accessible places. All cables can be connected / disconnected individually. So maintenance is made fast and simple.
Waterproof. The entire system has a protection index of IP 67, water resistant and weatherproof. The connections are watertight thanks to the comoulded connectors.
Total control. You can also manage by remote control other electronic truck-related features (eg. Switching on and switching off the engine). PROGRESS 2.0 also allows you to integrate other operating functions: front stabilisers, truck-body sides, towing winch, platform, bucket, etc.
Let there be light! PROGRESS 2.0 allows the activation of any headlights placed on the crane booms by means of the remote control.
Safety standard. PROGRESS 2.0 guarantees a standard safety performance level C, and for aerial basket, upon request, safety performance level D EN 280:2001.
CRANE CONTROL TOOLS
Air geometries. PROGRESS 2.0 allows you to display and keep under control at the crane base and on the remote control display the geometrical arrangement of the crane booms.
Working areas. PROGRESS 2.0 manages 4 different crane working areas: front, back, left and right, providing maximum load capacity according to the truck’s stability and the actual extension of its stabilisers.
Maximum load-lifting power. Load capacity calculated by Progress 2.0 is always maximized, since the extension of the stabilisers is perfectly measured through magnetic or sensor encoders.
Performance in sight. The operator always has the state of the crane, vehicle and the load under control.
Lift the maximum. PROGRESS 2.0 automatically calculates the maximum lifting capacity based on the actual extension of the stabilisers.
CRANE CONTROL TOOLS
No oversight. PROGRESS 2.0 stores the crane operating cycles and faults detected, and indicates scheduled maintenance operations.
Numbers add up. PROGRESS 2.0 constantly counts the time during which the crane is on and the time during which the crane is moved. Moreover, it stores all movements carried out at maximum performance, thus allowing you to calculate the use status of the crane and therefore its residual life span.
Remote help. When needed, remote assistance can be activated by the dealer or headquarters.
Move your feet. PROGRESS 2.0 controls movement and positioning of the stabilizers by means of the remote control, allowing the operator to work safely even in difficult conditions.
”Intelligent” Heat exchanger. The PROGRESS 2.0 system controls oil temperature. The heat exchanger is constantly working to reduce energy consumption and oil overheating, thus extending service life of all components.
EFFECTS ON CRANE OPERATION
Speed and loading. PROGRESS 2.0 optimizes crane speed according to the load applied and geometrical position of booms.
Max Speed Limitation (MSL). Thanks to this, PROGRESS 2.0 system manages crane hook speed, with simultaneous movements of the booms. In this way load swings are reduced and any shocks to the crane structure avoided.
Many things together. PROGRESS 2.0 controls FLOW SHARING, which allows the oil
hydraulic system to carry out a high number of operations simultaneously.
Limit achieved. PROGRESS 2.0 indicates to the operator that the maximum operating limits have been reached, being these geometrical or load limits, by displaying words that are easy to understand on the machine and on the remote control.
SENSE - The maximum performance, always
Effer developed this solution to increase in real time the performance of the crane in a safe way. Thanks to Sense, the electronic management system Progress 2.0 calculates the stability in each point of the operative area in accordance with the actual extension of the stabilizers and maximizes the load capacity everywhere, also with ballast. The operator can consult customized load diagrams in order to exactly know the performance of his own crane in any working condition.
Dynamic Load Chart (DLC-S)
This feature of the Progress 2.0 allows the operator to know in advance the performance of the crane before opening it and before lifting.
In fact, on the remote control display it is possible to read the actual horizontal load chart of the crane, automatically calculated by Progress 2.0 in accordance to the stability conditions of the vehicle and the direction in which the crane is facing.
In addition, the system is able to show the lifting performance of the crane even in a predictive way, that is in all the other positions of the crane column rotation, different from the booms current one, allowing you to better plan your work (advantage: “Time to money”).
This function even shows the load diagram also with the crane and the stabilizers completely closed, thus making a real-time simulation of the opening of the stabilizers and the crane, facilitating and reducing the placing of the vehicle.
RACE – Remote Assistance Control Effer
RACE is the new connectivity system for Effer cranes, developed thanks to Progress 2.0 electronics, that allows you to always stay connected to your crane and to consult the data. With RACE you can manage and plan your work quickly and easily, thus increasing productivity. And your Effer Point service can intervene immediately in case of need via remote access to fix any errors. RACE allows you to monitor the state of your crane from any stationary or mobile device, such as smartphone, tablet, and PC. Furthermore, from RACE control panel you are able to know how long until the maintenance of your crane, and plan in advance the activities together with your Effer Service Point.
STEADY – Effer’s remote control
Over 50 expert crane operators tested all possible remote control layouts and holding positions. Effer has used their expertise to develop STEADY.
It is is 100% integrated with Progress 2.0, is conceived for the maximum ergonomics and user friendliness of the operators. It is much lighter than other remote controls in the same category, and the commands and display are designed to have everything always under control. This means that you can enjoy optimum comfort throughout your working day. The arms and the hands remain in a natural position while the operator is driving the crane, thus reducing posture strain.
Furthermore, you can work easily also in low light conditions thanks to its backlight around the display.
Safety standards for cranes and basket
The PROGRESS 2.0 provides as standard the safety performance C level (EN12999) and on request the basket safety performance D level (EN 280:2001).
Technical possibilities of DMU 3000 Plus
Safety over time. DMU3000 PLUS is a simple and highly reliable electronic system, which allows you to work with the crane in full safety, preventing possibly dangerous maneuvers.
No damage. Electronic components and system sensors are located in protected positions to avoid accidental damages.
All in one. DMU3000 PLUS is a system which besides the crane functions, controls other truck electronic functions as well (e.g.: switching on/off of the truck directly from the remote control).
Against water. The entire system has a degree of protection of IP67, water and weather resistant.
CRANE CONTROL TOOLS
Dual zone. DMU 3000 PLUS allows two different work areas of the crane to be controlled based on truck stability.
360° stability. DMU 3000 PLUS can be also applied to crane with CroSStab base. It optimizes various lifting performances depending on the positioning of the rotary stabilizer.
Display. With DMU 3000 PLUS you can display the main crane performance elements either on the panel on the machine or on the remote control.
Maintenance. DMU 3000 PLUS stores the crane’s operating cycles, and indicates the need for scheduled maintenance operations. DMU 3000 PLUS constantly counts the time during which the crane is on and the time during which the crane is moved. Moreover, it stores all movements carried out at maximum performance, thus allowing you to calculate the use status of the crane and therefore its residual lifespan.
EFFECTS ON CRANE OPERATION
Remote Control. DMU 3000 PLUS allows the operator to monitor the main crane performances from the remote control display.
Maximum limit. DMU 3000 PLUS automatically controls the crane speed as the maximum permitted loading values are reached.
Stability Monitoring. The exclusive Effer truck anti-tilt system combined with DMU 3000 PLUS, allows you to operate with the crane safely.
TIME TO MONEY
The crane electronic control systems – in particular PROGRESS 2.0 - allow you to activate more movements at the same time in any working condition, reducing movement times considerably. The remote control of additional functions, electronic or hydraulic, of the crane or truck, allows you to save time during daily work.
Effer electronic control systems give you the chance to constantly see all operating data of the crane on the remote control display, to handle loads easily and safely. With PROGRESS 2.0 you can handle the crane also without stabilising.
DMU3000 PLUS and PROGRESS 2.0 constantly process the geometric shape and the values of the loads applied to the crane hook: The crane takes up the speed and acceleration that are more suitable to obtain maximum movement precision.
Electronic components are located in protected positions to reduce to a minimum the risk of accidental damages. The IP67 guarantees long durability. Effer electronic control systems store crane operating cycles, and general operation time during the use of the crane, and allow you to calculate its degree of use, indicating scheduled maintenance operations.
The control of the load applied to the crane, the VIRTUAL SHIELD system and the MAX SPEED LIMITATION ensure maximum safety of people and that of the load, even when crane performance is to the maximum. The reaching of the crane maximum working limits are indicated on the display by means of indicator lights. Effer electronic control systems control the progressive speed variation of the crane movements according to the load applied and its position.
The display and control of the various work areas, performances and geometric arrangement of the crane on the display, allow you to use the crane to the maximum of its performance. When needed, PROGRESS 2.0 allows the activation of remote assistance by the dealer or headquarters using the internet.