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The Benefits Of A Radio Control For Cranes

August 8, 2023

Radio control for cranes uses methods of wireless communication such as radio frequency or Bluetooth in place of standard cabled pendant control options.

With the traditional pendant control, the controller and the crane would be tethered. But with wireless technology removing the need to be psychically connected to the crane, radio control can have endless benefits for businesses that rely on material handling.

Metreel is a leading supplier of cranes in the UK. As we also supply our own radio remotes compatible with our cranes (including our bridge cranes) you may be considering the upgrade to radio control. 

Here are just some of the main benefits that radio control can provide to your material handling operations. 

What Is Radio Control Or Remote Control For Cranes? 

The Benefits Of A Radio Control For Cranes

Radio control for cranes is when a handheld remote controller is used to control a crane. 

While the exact functions will depend on the crane type and remote capabilities, some of the movements that can be controlled from a radio remote for a crane can include:

  • Anti-collision sensors
  • Customisable functions
  • Emergency stop
  • Lifting
  • Lowering
  • Overload protection
  • Rotation
  • Speed limits
  • Start
  • Stop

Without radio control, the operator would be physically connected to the crane and may lack the ability to be quite as precise with the crane movements. 

Also, when not using a wireless remote system, the crane could only be controlled when the user was up close to the device rather than having the ability to control the crane from a distance. 

The systems are equipped with various safety features such as emergency stop and fail-safe mechanisms. 

Benefits Of Upgrading To A Remote Control For Cranes

Better crane movement control – Radio remotes typically consist of buttons or joysticks to allow the operator to direct precise movements for loads. Some of the movements can include lifting and lowering along with the speed at which the crane travels. 

Programmable features – While all radio controls differ, most systems allow for custom features that can be programmed. The parameters that can be controlled may include the sensitivity of the crane or speed limits, among other operational requirements. 

More freedom for crane operators – As the crane operator isn’t tethered to the crane with radio control, they can move around the workspace to view more of the surroundings. This can help identify any obstacles that may obstruct the crane for enhanced safety. 

Emergency stop feature – A notable feature of crane remote controls is the presence of an emergency stop button. For instance, the Metreel radio remote (linked below) has an emergency stop response time of just 50ms offering excellent safety for workers and equipment. 

Metreel Radio Remote For Cranes

Radio Control For Cranes metreel

Interested in purchasing a radio remote for your new crane or upgrading an existing system?

Metreel supplies radio remotes that comply with various safety requirements and industry standards. Handy, compact and lightweight, our radio controls for cranes are designed with ease of use in mind.

Plus reduces maintenance time and costs, so that your team can focus on the work at hand. 

View our radio remote product page or download our radio remote brochure to learn more. 

Metreel – Radio Controls For Cranes UK

Based in Derbyshire, Metreel is a leading UK supplier of cranes along with radio controls for cranes.

If you have any questions about how our products can help your workplace improve its safety and productivity through the use of radio control for cranes then you’re in the right place. 

You can also download our free brochure to discover more about our product specifications by visiting our product brochure page

Alternatively, if you’re ready to place an order or have any questions, please give us a call on 0115 932 7010 or email us at [email protected].