Minimize Dangerous Swinging when Lifting via Overhead Crane

Request Number N276349
Need details

Heavy loads (such as stamping dies) have the potential to move or sway if the bridge or trolley on the overhead crane is not centered properly over the load on the initial lift. IncWell's partner is seeking a solution that will minimize any potential swinging caused by the initial lifting of a heavy load.



A typical overhead crane is a 3-axis machine having a bridge (x-axis), trolley (y-axis), and hoist (z-axis) as shown in the following figure. A load is suspended from the trolley by means of cables and behaves much like a pendulum. To minimize movement during the initial lift, and minimize potential damage to surrounding equipment, the angle Theta in the figure needs to be near zero.


Key Success Criteria

The successful approach will 

  • Prevent movement or sway greater than 6 inches in any direction around the heavy load
  • Work in heavy manufacturing environments
  • Work on all heavy load lifting O/H crane applications
  • Cost no more than $3.5 million per overhead crane
  • Account for team member safety


Possible Approaches

One possible solution would monitor the bridge and trolley, preventing lift if the crane is not centered over the load. IncWell's partner is willing to consider retro-fit solutions or new purchases.


Approaches not of interest

IncWell's partner is not interested in technology that would be cumbersome to implement or would cost outside of the stated target cost range.



Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Supply Agreement
Items to be submitted

When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the technology you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.


Point of Contact
Jonathan Jakischa
Area of Interest
  • Building & Construction
  • Heavy Construction
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication
  • Commercial Equipment & Components
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Process Control
  • Toll Manufacturers
  • Tool & Die
Due Date
January 15, 2018
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