TRUCONNECT Brake Monitoring

Reduce the risk of load drop with Brake Monitoring

The hoist brake is one of the most critical wearing components in a crane. The brake is looked at during inspections, but with heavily-used cranes, the service lifetime of brake wearing parts may end sooner than expected. Additional inspections also require crane shutdown and provide only a snapshot of the current condition of the brake.

The TRUCONNECT Brake Monitoring Unit uses a condition monitoring device to collect the status of brake air gap, mechanical and electrical faults from the electromagnetic disc brakes. The service provides visibility into current brake condition, estimates remaining service life and indicates brake faults. Brake Monitoring information is used in predictive maintenance and can also be used for brake maintenance planning.

Your brake data, online – any time

The data, made available on the yourKONECRANES customer portal, can indicate brake maintenance needs in advance and shows if air gap adjustment is proper after installation. The data also provides a clear picture of brake overhaul intervals and replacement history, especially with unexpected brake problems. Brake fault alerts can be sent by text message or email, so maintenance planning can be done in advance.

A complement to Remote Monitoring

Brake Monitoring is an addition to TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring – which uses sensors to collect data such as running time, motor starts, work cycles and emergency stops.

Brake Monitoring for new cranes or as a retrofit 

The TRUCONNECT Brake Monitoring Unit is delivered with new PLC controlled Konecranes SMARTON and UNITON (hoist brake) and RTG cranes (traveling/traversing machinery brakes). Retrofits are also available for most Konecranes hoist models.

Benefits of TRUCONNECT Brake Monitoring

  • Provides visibility to brake condition between normal inspection visits
  • Helps minimize the risk of load drop with the detection of brake faults
  • Helps you avoid unnecessary brake disassembly for inspection
  • Enables predictive brake maintenance
  • Assists in further optimization of maintenance activities to reduce unplanned downtime and to improve equipment safety, productivity and lifecycle value​