Day 3 – Mill Building Design Updates & Crane Automation

Thursday, 1 October 2020 • 1 p.m.–3 p.m. EDT


Important Updates to AIST Technical Report No. 13

Tim Bickel, CSD Structural Engineers

AIST Technical Report No. 13 - Guide for the Design and Construction of Mill Buildings was published in 1969 to provide owners, engineers and contractors with information about the considerations unique to mill buildings. The 6th edition is being prepared for release and includes many important updates, including:

  • Crane load cases and combinations to match current building code requirements.

  • Updated crane runway girder design criteria.

  • Expanded crane runway fabrication and erection tolerance requirements.

  • An expanded section with guidance on structural inspections and reinforcement.

This session will further explain these updates and the benefits to building owners.

Adding Intelligent Technology to Your Overhead Crane

Jim Kluck, Columbus McKinnon Corp./Magnetek

The overhead crane is the heart of production operations. By incorporating intelligent automated solutions, the safety, productivity and uptime of a facility can be increased. A quick return on investment through intelligent motion- and technology-enabled lifting devices can be provided by predictive (scheduled) maintenance, faster times to recover from a fault, increased equipment and operator safety, and detailed application information on the factory floor. This presentation will introduce concepts and technology to show how to bring intelligence to the operation of overhead cranes.

Implementation of Crane Automation Features

Edgardo La Bruna, Janus Automation
Robbie Sturgill, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division

This presentation discusses real implementation cases of crane automation features at Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division. New technology allows the reliable implementation of crane automation features even in harsh environments. Some of the crane automation features are simple anti-collision; no-fly zone and slow-down zones; positioning assistance; closed-loop, anti-sway, semi-auto positioning; automatic operation; automatic storage and retrieval systems; and logistics optimizer and diagnostics tools. The incorporation of crane automation features increases productivity and also safety. This presentation discusses key aspects and recommendations for successful projects.


Mark McGinley, Hall Industries Inc.



AIST’s Crane's Technology Committees.