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Liebherr introduces new version of Crane Planner 2.0


February 10, 2022
By Crane & Hoist Canada staff

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Crane PlannerCrane Planner 2.0’s new distance tool enables objects to be positioned relative to each other with centimetre precision. (Image: Liebherr)

Liebherr has introduced a new version of Crane Planner 2.0, which now contains several Liebherr mobile cranes, all Liebherr crawler cranes with lifting capacities up to 300 tonnes, as well as hydraulic rope excavators.

The latest version 1.7 of Liebherr’s lift planning software includes more features, and three-dimensional lift planning can be carried out for further LTM mobile cranes from Ehingen.

In addition to the LTM 1750‑9.1, which was already included in Crane Planner 2.0, the LTM 1650-8.1, LTM 1450-8.1, LTM 1300-6.2, LTM 1250-5.1 and LTM 1230-5.1 are now also available for planning work.

As well, additional telescopic mobile cranes are being added to Crane Planner 2.0 at regular intervals. The LTM 1350-6.1 will be the first of these. Users of the current version will enjoy the benefit of the new crane models and functions automatically and free of charge following the update. This also includes the new distance tool, which enables objects such as machines and buildings to be positioned relative to each other with centimetre precision.

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 3D visualization

The Liebherr Crane Planner 2.0 helps users to identify solutions and procedures for their lifting work in advance. This enables complicated heavy lifts with crawler cranes as well as quick taxi lifts by mobile cranes to be completed safely. The tool combines an interactive 3D visualization of the machines, the loads and surrounding objects with dimensions, a positioning tool and Google Maps, without the need for CAD programs or high-performance computers. The results of the planning process can be exported in the form of a report and sent to the customer. This means that even small crane contractors can compete for large tenders.

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The combination of an attractive, three-dimensional user interface and the exact machine data of the load moment limitation from the LICCON crane control system is unique. The data displayed in Crane Planner 2.0 are determined using the same calculation logic as the live data generated by the real mobile and crawler cranes. Key data such as ground pressures, support pressures, lifting capacities and centres of gravity are calculated simultaneously. Each time the configuration, load or geometry is changed, a new calculation is carried out.

‘Free’ or ‘Pro’ Crane Planner 2.0

Challenging planning tasks can be completed professionally in 2D using the ‘Free’ version of Crane Planner 2.0. The range of functions is like the time-tested LICCON work planner. The ‘Pro’ version also contains detailed, interactive 3D models of the cranes, as well as a library with various 3D objects such as buildings, roads, machines or load objects. Map views from Google Maps and 3D data can be included in the display in the correct scale.

Ease of use was the main priority during the development of Crane Planner 2.0. No special expertise is required to use the program and apart from a standard PC, no additional hardware is required.

The program can be downloaded and installed to a PC from the Crane Planner home page. A free licence for the ‘Free’ version, or the fee-based ‘Pro’ version can be obtained from the licence shop. Furthermore, there is a ‘Trial’ version available which enables users to enjoy a 30-day free trial of the ‘Pro’ version.

While using Crane Planner 2.0, the calculations of the machine planning data, such as lifting capacities, support and ground pressures, are carried out online to ensure they are up to date.