Semi-Automatic Crane Control
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
This article describes a method to run a crane in automatic mode when it is desired to specify a particular command or test the system before turning into automatic mode. Several modes of operating the crane are needed that cannot be accomplished in automatic mode. Using semi-automatic mode pallets can be loaded from the express lane into levels 3 and 4 of the output static rack or to a specific kitting lane that needs parts immediately. It can be used very effectively by maintenance to check out the crane if problems are experienced. In addition, if the crane is experiencing communication problems, a screen is provided which shows the communica- tions between the crane and the Personal Computer (PC) software. Upon hitting the [F1] key, the user is taken from the main menu to the semi-automatic crane control and mode.