Automated Cranes

SCX Special Projects’ automated cranes can massively improve the efficiency of your operations.

SCX Special Projects will work with you to determine and provide the biggest benefits to your operational requirements, whether that is automating single functions for operator convenience, or creating a full plant-integrated system that links multiple automatic cranes, so they work together in tandem and synchronise with up- and/or down-stream production.

Automated cranes are particularly beneficial to the Energy from Waste (EfW) and large scale manufacturing (metals processing or paper production) industries, but crane automation can offer numerous efficiency advantages to almost any industry application.

Systems can be created to automatically compute process paths to find optimal routes, linked to throughput, onward processing requirements and multiple crane interactions, meaning that operations can be completed more efficiently than could be achieved manually.

Engineer using control station of automated crane in Oman aluminium rolling plant

Engineer controlling automated crane in Oman aluminium rolling plant

As well as optimising production, this also reduces human input, freeing up workers for other duties, eliminating load damage through vastly improved positional accuracy, and minimising injury from human error or fatigue.

SCX Special Projects is able to create systems capable of recording information about loads, such as size, age, temperature, materials, and colour, as well as positioning, in order to enable the automatic retrieval of the next product for processing. Retrieval can be requested via integrated plant control systems or semi-automatically through a touchscreen HMI.

Semi-automatic cranes can involve predominantly manual operation but incorporate functions whereby complex or repetitive tasks are automated for efficiency and safety. E.g. a ‘push-to-go’ function to return an EfW load to a hopper, or the completion of a complex transfer at the push of a single button.

In addition to automated cranes, SCX Special Projects produces massively complex moving structures such as retractable stadium roofs, where the hundreds of moveable parts must be synchronised in order for the system to operate, requiring our in-depth knowledge of automated systems.

Control desk for EfW crane with orange peel grab

Control desk for EfW crane with orange peel grab


As with all our solutions, safety is paramount. Sensory functions enable automated solutions to operate within their changing environments and SCX Special Projects have the means to build systems capable of monitoring, mapping and restricting workspaces to prevent collisions or unsafe operation, all of which can be displayed as real-time onscreen animations within the control system.

In addition to our in-house control and automation expertise, SCX Special Projects also works with carefully selected partners, Fairfield Control Systems and Moog, in order to ensure the highest levels of quality are met, creating some of the most intelligent and trustworthy solutions available.

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SCX Special Projects Ltd
Roman Ridge Road,
Sheffield, S9 1GA
Tel: +44 (0)114 262 6199