Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Swisslog feels the need for speed

Swisslog has launched a new Tornado miniload crane which it reckons is the fastest miniload crane in its class owing to consistent weight optimisation, modern control technology and an energy-saving design.

The crane was developed by Swisslog’s recently established Technology Centre which achieved a 25 per cent weight reduction compared to cranes of similar height. It is based on a modular system and a shared components concept. It was designed for high endurance and long intervals between servicing, making it suitable for three shift operation.

The crane can be equipped with various load-handling units to transport cases, totes or trays weighing up to 120kg. Typical application areas are distribution centres, production storage, buffer storage, the food & beverage sector and chilled or frozen storage. The system supports a height range of seven to 20 metres and can be used for single or double-deep storage racks.

The Tornado’s maximum operating speed is six m/s its maximum vertical speed is three m/s. It also provides acceleration rates of five m/s² horizontally and three m/s² vertically.