Modernizing your crane

Extend the service life of your overhead crane 

An aged crane can be given new life. You may want to increase the speed and lifting capacity, enhance ergonomics and operator comfort, apply new safety features and positioning capabilities, or simply replace high-maintenance, obsolete components with newer technology. Whatever your need, a modernization may be a viable option to protect and extend your original investment. 


Rebuild your productivity 

A decision to modernize is often based on a need to achieve greater performance and throughput, and sometimes to support an entirely new process. With the right modernization, you'll end up with a fully integrated system that is tailored to the needs of your operation. 


Begin with a Crane Reliability Study 

Crane Reliability Study from Konecranes provides a detailed analysis of your crane in relationship to its application. We’ll evaluate the structural integrity of the crane and the condition of mechanical and electrical components. We’ll also study load and duty requirements and maintenance records. After analyzing all these factors against the required performance needs, we will identify the most appropriate system upgrade and corresponding modernization plan. 


Get the advantages of a new crane at less cost 

If your needs for crane modernization extend beyond basic upgrades to improve safety, reliability and performance, we can rebuild your old crane to meet the demands of today’s high-technology standards, typically at a substantially lower cost than for a new crane. 


Create a safer workplace 

Technology that improves safety is developing more rapidly than ever before. Since your overhead crane was first built, safety regulations may have changed. A modernization will help you comply with current safety regulations and may reduce the risk of downtime, injuries or damage to facilities, materials or products. 

Features you can add through modernization

Hoisting machinery

Upgrade of hoisting machinery components or new fixed hoisting machinery.

Open winch trolley

Replacing existing trolley.

Travelling machinery

Replacing and/or upgrading horizontal travelling machineries.

End truck or wheel assembly

Replacing wheel assemblies, bogies or end trucks.

Structural modification

Can include reinforcing the structures, lengthening of the crane or various other modifications.

New lifting device or modification

Modification of lifting device or a new lifting device fitted to a crane.

Wireless (radio) control system

Adding or upgrading wireless control system.

Electrical/control systems

Can include upgrade of panel row with renewal of all electrics/controls, air conditioning systems or lifting device control system.

Variable Speed Control (VFD)

Replace old motor controls with variable speed control.

Remote monitoring

Addition of Konecranes Remote Monitoring which includes condition monitoring, alerts and operating data. 

Power and/or data transmission

Replacing power and/or data transmission system.

Safety control system or device

Can include collision avoidance systems, drum brakes and storm locking devices.

Operator cab

Upgrading operator cab.

Automation system and/or Smart Feature

Can include Warehouse Management System, Remote Operating Station and Smart Features such as Protected Areas, Target Positioning, Hook Centering, Snag Prevention and more.

Runway modification

Can include strengthening the structures, lengthening the runway and replacement and alignment of the rail and/or rail beams.

Crane relocation

Can include relocating without structural changes, relocating and lengthening of the crane , relocating and shortening of the crane, relocating and up/down-grading crane capacity.