Liebherr Unveils Fleet Data Management for Mobile and Crawler Cranes
Dec. 9, 2022 – Liebherr has unveiled a fleet-data-management solution for its mobile and crawler cranes.
In addition to displaying a crane’s location, the system also shows a range of other important real-time data, such as fuel consumption, wind speed, load weight, and even the crane's next servicing date.
Customers can also use the system to generate custom reports for specially defined construction sites, such as the fuel consumption or CO2 emissions.
Many new Liebherr cranes now come with the necessary wireless modem as standard.
Cranes already in the field will be easily retrofitted in the future.
In each case, Liebherr will cover the telecommunication costs.
The technology is already widespread in modern cars, dishwashers, and even robotic lawnmowers. It allows users to monitor a device’s operating performance from anywhere in the world.
That capability offers significant benefits to owners and users of mobile and crawler cranes.
Liebherr’s fleet-data management enables customers to also monitor in real time – from the office or while on the road – the current location of specific cranes.
It lets them determine whether the current wind force is safe to work in, and even to see the weight of the load currently hanging from the hook.
The system also can show the amount of fuel left in the tank, the fuel-consumption rate, and the amount of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) are also displayed.
If the level drops too low, the system tells the user.
Geofencing and MyLiebherr let users define an area on a map, such as a construction site.
Whenever the crane moves within this area, all data is assigned to it (geofencing). By selecting a construction site and a time period, the user can analyze the number of operating hours for
a particular crane at the selected site in the defined period, how much fuel it has
consumed, and can even see the quantity of CO2 emissions generated by the crane.
That data forms the basis for the billing process and the creation of certain reports, which crane operators are increasingly required to send to their customers.
Liebherr Product Manager Wolfgang Boos explained: "It is important to us not to display arbitrary data just because a corresponding sensor is installed. We want to provide the customer with data that helps them manage their machine fleet and thus operate it as economically as possible."
Right for Almost Every Crane
Starting in 2023, a future-proof modem will be gradually installed in the specified new crane types as standard equipment.
For Liebherr, the fleet-data-management system launched at Bauma is just the beginning of many digital services.
If a customer's crane is already in the field, Liebherr offers retrofit solutions – even for models produced as long as 10 years ago.
Modern cranes generate more data than older models, which generally have fewer sensors.
Liebherr's customer service team can tell a customer exactly what kind of data can be expected from a specific crane.
Regardless of whether a series modem or a retrofit solution is installed, a modem requires a mobile phone SIM card with a data plan to send the data to the client application.
To ensure that customers can enter this new data-driven world without any hurdles, all Liebherr modems for Liebherr cranes are equipped with a data SIM card for which Liebherr covers the cost – regardless of the country in which the crane is operated. So, Liebherr customers need not worry about expensive roaming charges.
Your Fleet, Your Data
The entire system is based on the proven "MyLiebherr" customer portal.
After customers have registered their cranes in the portal, they can, for example, download operating instructions or order parts.
The portal also opens up the world of crane data.
On the start page, customers can clearly see the cranes in their fleet and navigate directly to the desired unit.
The new system is currently being tested with selected customers and will be rolled out successively to all operators from the beginning of 2023.
By choosing the "Performance" application, as the service is called, the customer receives a fleet data management system in the form of an all-round carefree package.
This is the customer's opportunity to use their machines even more efficiently and thus to operate them more economically.
The new package is also further proof that Liebherr's customers not only get outstanding cranes, but also have access to a constantly growing portfolio of services and offers to help ensure optimized use of their crane fleet.