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Konecranes offers RailQ Runway Survey

Safeguards people and equipment while offering multiple repair options

May 4, 2018  By Konecranes

Runway condition influences how well a crane moves on its rails, and profoundly affects the usability and lifetime of the crane and its travelling machineries. A runway in poor condition reduces crane performance and can create serious safety risks. 

Periodically gathering data about the condition of the runway is key to sustaining peak crane performance. Konecranes RailQ Runway Survey is an industry-leading rail analysis that uses a remotely operated robot and total station combined with a visual inspection to provide an in-depth view of the alignment and condition of the crane rails.

RailQ gives crane owners information about span, straightness, elevation and rail-to-rail elevation. Running RailQ’s robot down the rail versus someone having to walk it and take laser measurements is a faster, safer alternative,” says Wayne Kennedy, consultation services product manager for Konecranes Region Americas.

“In the early days of runway surveys, runways had to be measured individually for span, straightness and elevation. Taking measurements was difficult, time-consuming and prone to human error,” Kennedy said. “Today, RailQ can gather all of that information in one pass, and perform that same 500-foot survey in as little as four hours. Using a robot to place the prism instead of having someone up on the rail removes a major safety hazard.”


While some competitors may also use total stations, only Konecranes can analyze the information collected with its patented KC Trail software. This innovative software package evaluates the runway data and calculates the improvements needed. It is possible for the survey specialist to review the results even before leaving the facility. The software provides easy-to-read reports with 2D and 3D pictures of the crane’s runway alignment condition. Konecranes can identify the rails, the columns and each individual measurement point and compare the data to CMAA, ISO or other governing criteria. The survey can also be customized to report on specific criteria driven by the customer.

“It only takes our engineer working with KC Trail an hour or so after the survey is completed to deliver a report along with recommendations for repairs,” Kennedy said. “The software will find the best repair solution requiring the least amount of correctional movements, saving the customer time and money.”  

KC Trail also has the ability to offer the customer more than one repair scenario to consider, ranging from a minimum correction sufficient to get the runway back within specification, to an optimum correction to make it perfect. The decision can be made based on long-term plans for that crane and building, short-term budget constraints or other contributing factors. 

Konecranes RailQ survey uses the best total station equipment on the market to measure angles and distance with the best accuracy, and deliver xyz coordinates in three dimensions. With this data, Konecranes technicians can make repairs to the runway, re-run the survey, and see the changes immediately.

For customers in North and South America, Konecranes has purchased 33 complete sets of equipment to perform runway services. This includes three sets in Canada, six sets in Latin America and 24 sets across the United States – all strategically located to bring customers the best possible services when and where they are needed. Over 120 Konecranes specialists have been trained to perform RailQ surveys.  

“Konecranes leads the industry in runway survey services,” Kennedy said. “If you are looking for highly accurate information that offers multiple strategic options, RailQ is the answer.”

About Konecranes, Inc.
Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. The Group has 18,000 employees at 600 locations in 50 countries. Konecranes class A shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).

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