Die handling cranes

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    The core process cranes in the automotive industry are used to transport dies from storage to the press for loading the press and from the press back to storage. Die handling cranes are also used for turning dies for maintenance purposes. Konecranes has been supplying customized process cranes to the automotive industry for more than 40 years.

    Konecranes die handling cranes are typically double-girder bridge cranes that can be equipped with various trolley configurations such as two winches on a common trolley or two individual trolleys, motorized rotating load hooks, or manually adjustable load crossbeams.

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Load turning operation

During load turning, diagonal pull between the two hoists is unavoidable so Konecranes developed special features for safer load handling in this application. Our die handling cranes only allow the load to be turned in a closed system as the hoists are pulled towards each other so no forces are introduced into the building structure.

Bidirectional overload sensing: After lifting a load higher than the load capacity of the small hoist, it is not permitted to lower the hoist with the higher load capacity during the entire turning process. Lowering the die in an inclined position is only permitted with the smaller lifting gear. If one hoist is overloaded, the other hoist is blocked in its lowering movement and only lifting at creep speed is possible. This prevents the overloaded hoist from being overloaded even more by lowering the load with the non-overloaded hoist.

Diagonal pull monitoring: The maximum permissible rope angle is measured during the entire turning process. If the permissible rope angle is exceeded, an emergency stop is generated and a fault message is displayed.

Customer story

Quick service response gets stamping plant back on track

It’s indispensable to have a service provider you can depend on to maintain your operations. For the 25 years I’ve been at Karmax, Konecranes has provided us with excellent products and timely service.
Mike Crevier, Maintenance Manager, Karmax, Canada

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  • Two hoist trolley (THT) or separate trolley solutions
  • Special features for safer load turning, rope angles up to 10 degrees possible
  • Overload protection—system consists of load cells and overload detection unit
  • Overspeed control of variable speed hoisting
  • Smart Features
  • Joystick Radio and pendant for backup and maintenance use
  • Second brake for hoisting can be provided
  • Frequency controllers for main movements
  • Emergency brake
  • TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring
  • Electrical room is pressurized and air-conditioned
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  • Hoist synchronization provides fast and precise load handling
  • Load turning features enable safe operation
  • Semi-automated Smart Features help improve safety and productivity
  • TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring provides data for maintenance planning and assessing crane condition and safety

Technical specification

  M-series SMARTON
FEM M6-M8 M5-M7
Trolley type Open winch Open winch
Lifting capacity - main hoist Up to 63t 30-63t
Lifting capacity - aux. hoist 20-32t 20-32t
Span Up to 40m Up to 40m
Lifting height, max. Tailored Tailored
Bridge/trolley travel speed Tailored Tailored
Manual control Radio/pendant Radio/pendant
Bridge/trolley power supply Conductors/festoon Conductors/festoon
Motor control system Konecranes variable frequency drives (VFD)  Konecranes VFD
Electrical braking Resistors/regenerative network braking units optional Resistors


Lift your productivity

Konecranes partners with automotive customers based on a mutual understanding of automotive processes. Our goal is to be a dependable solution provider, helping customers meet production demands with cranes that are safe, reliable, simple to maintain and easy to use.

Get in touch with our experts to learn more about our durable and hard-working die handling cranes.


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