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Plan the Lift, Lift the Plan

Variations of the scuba diver’s motto, “Plan the dive and dive the plan,” have value in many activities. If you can plan it properly, you can anticipate what will happen at every stage of the project. With the ongoing digital transformation of most activities, planning projects with a computer is even easier.

Cranes are complex, mechanically and functionally, so having a way to plan their operation in a lift is highly beneficial. For that, welcome Crane Planner 2.0 from Liebherr. Crane Planner 2.0 is the professional lift planning and visualization program for lifting work of all kinds. With the new version, Liebherr offers all users, potential users, customers, and partners even more benefits.

The Liebherr Crane Planner 2.0 helps users to identify solutions and procedures for their lifting work in advance. This enables complicated heavy lifts with crawler cranes as well as supposedly quick and easy taxi lifts by mobile cranes to be completed safely. The tool combines an interactive 3D visualization of the machines, the loads, and surrounding objects with dimensions, a positioning tool, and Google Maps, without the need for expensive CAD programs or high-performance computers. The results of the planning process can be exported in the form of a report and sent to the customer. This means that even small crane contractors can compete for large tenders.

The program now contains several Liebherr mobile cranes, all Liebherr crawler cranes with lifting capacities up to 300 tons, as well as hydraulic rope excavators. The software enables the simple but professional planning of a wide variety of crane jobs. The latest version includes three-dimensional lift planning that can be carried out for further LTM mobile cranes from Ehingen. In addition to the LTM 1750 9.1, which was already included in the program, the LTM 1650-8.1, LTM 1450-8.1, LTM 1300-6.2, LTM 1250-5.1 and LTM 1230-5.1 are now also available for planning work.

Additional telescopic mobile cranes are being added to Crane Planner 2.0 at regular intervals. The LTM 1350-6.1 will be the first of these. Users of the current version will enjoy the benefit of the new crane models and functions automatically and free of charge following the update. This also includes the new distance tool, which enables objects such as machines and buildings to be positioned relative to each other with centimeter precision.

The combination of an attractive, three-dimensional user interface and the exact machine data of the load moment limitation from the LICCON crane control system is unique. The data displayed in Crane Planner 2.0 are determined using exactly the same calculation logic as the live data generated by the real mobile and crawler cranes. Key data such as ground pressures, support pressures, lifting capacities, and centers of gravity are calculated simultaneously. Each time the configuration, load or geometry is changed, a new calculation is carried out.

Challenging planning tasks can be completed professionally in 2D using the free version. The range of functions is similar to the time-tested LICCON work planner. The Pro version also contains detailed, interactive 3D models of the cranes, as well as a library with various 3D objects such as buildings, roads, machines, or load objects. Map views from Google Maps and 3D data can be included in the display in the correct scale.

Ease of use was the main priority during the development of Crane Planner 2.0. No special expertise is required to use the program and apart from a standard PC, no additional hardware is required. The calculations of the machine planning data, such as lifting capacities, support and ground pressures, are carried out online to ensure that they are always up to date.

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